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How do I get trained to be a "Certified AYSO Coach"?

Thank you for volunteering to coach!  National AYSO and San Mateo AYSO Region 36 require the following training of all our volunteer coaches.

Update: See 2014 Pre-Season SM AYSO Coach Training Schedule below!

When you get to Step 2, you will find the training is offered in several local cities.  Please take the training in the most convenient location - the regions all offer the same program.

Step 1:  Register as an AYSO Volunteer.

  1. You have to register as an AYSO Volunteer each & every season!  (Note, if you are not registered for the current season, the Division Coordinator cannot assign you to a team during the team building process.)
  2. Sign up as a volunteer on our own San Mateo Website at
  3. Go to  (You need to create an eAYSO account - It can be the same log-in that you use to register your AYSO players each season.)
  4. You will need to either choose "Register as a New Volunteer" or "Register as a Returning Volunteer".
  5. For Youth Coach Volunteers:  If you are under the age of 18, and wish to be an Assistant Coach (working with an Adult Coach Volunteer), then you must first get approval from the Regional Coach Administrator, Adam Berenstein.  The RCA will make sure you are placed in the proper Age-Division (as you can only volunteer with players 1 Age-Level below your current age), and that the Division Coordinator also approves your placement.  You will have to complete all of the same Coach and Safe Haven Certifications that the Adult Coach Volunteers take before the season. After you have been given the OK to Youth Coach this season, proceed to - You will need to follow the link to "Register as a Youth Volunteer".
  6. Once you are accepted as a volunteer, you need your AYSO ID#.  Go to and get your ID number. 
    It is on the lower left of the "home" screen.

Step 2:  Take online courses for  Safe Haven Certification and the Concussion Awareness Certification.  Go to the National AYSO Training Site at

  1. Log in to the training site with your AYSO ID# and your last name.
  2. Follow the directions to sign up for either a Safe Haven course or a Concussion Awareness course.
  3. Safe Haven is required every two years, and you only need to take Concussion Awareness once.  Both of these trainings are in the Safe Haven section. 
    (Each class takes approximately 1 hour to complete, and there is a test at the end of each course.  If you don't pass the test, they make you retake the module and re-test.  So please pay attention.)

Step 2:  Take Coach Certification Course (A Classroom session and a Field Training Session.  Both are required to complete your coach certification

  1. Please review the San Mateo AYSO Coach Training Class Schedule below.  You can also review a summary of classes being taught in neighboring cities.
  2. Please sign up in advance for a class. Go to and login.  On the right hand column, click on "Enroll to take a class".
  3. Select "2" as the section and "N" as the Area.  Under Course, scroll down and select the appropriate Age Level- Coach Class.  Click on search.  A list appears of classes offered on the peninsula over the next couple of months.
  4. Select a course and then click “Course Signup". 


  1. Classroom + Field Session = Certification.  Some AYSO Regions have a sign up for both the Classroom and Field session; in San Mateo, we have you sign up for the classroom, and then take attendance at one of our field sessions.  You get your Age-Level Coach Certification in eAYSO when both sessions are complete.
  2. New Age-Division - Are you Age-Level Certified?  If your player is moving up this season, make sure you have the next Age-Level Coach Certification completed before the start of the season.
  3. Returning Coaches:  Is this your second (or third) time through AYSO with your younger children/players?  Did you take your coach classes several years ago?  If you are Age-Certified in eAYSO, we will let you coach, but we recommend you coming out for a refresher classroom or field training session this pre-season.  Lots has changed in San Mateo AYSO (Did you know we have implemented Small-Sided Play in U6/U8/U10/U12 divisions?)  Also, we want to make sure you have the proper age-appropriate coaching expectations.  (If you last coached in U12 or U14, and now you are back down in U6, it's going to be a very different practice and game-day experience - We want you to be successful and to enjoy your time with this year's team!)

If you have any questions, please always contact your Division Coordinator first.  You can also always reach out to our Regional Coach Administrator, Adam Berenstein.   These SM AYSO Board Volunteers work year-round to make sure every player in San Mateo gets a Safe/Fun/Fair soccer experience this season.

Thanks again for volunteering and for spending the time to complete your training before the season!

SM AYSO 2015 Coach Training

Great Benefits and Free Training -

Day/Date Training Training Time Location Session Course #

Look below for Intermediate and Advanced Coach Courses offered by Area 2N,
and for additional Coach Courses offered on the Peninsula this month…

Please pre-register for classes at 
Remember to check back here on our local website,,
the week before your class for locations.
Important Notes:          
(A) U6, U8, U10, U12 training require to attend one classroom session and one field session to complete certification course.  
(B) SM AYSO requires all volunteers to take the Safe Haven course every 2 years.  Go to;
you will need your eAYSO ID# to get credit.  Online course, takes about 45 minutes.  Very useful information for all coaches.
(C) SM AYSO requires all volunteer coaches to also take a Concussion Awareness Course.
Go to; you will need your eAYSO ID# to get credit.  Online course, takes about 45 minutes.
Every coach needs to be aware of the signs of a concussion, and to know how to respond to this injury.
(D) For U14 Division, Intermediate Certification is required.  (w. Pre-Req:  U12 Certification).  
      For U16 and U19 Divisions, Advanced Certification is required.   (w. Pre-Req:  Intermediate Certification)

Coach Certification, see class schedule on eAYSO.



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