| AYSO philosophy:
- Everybody plays
- Balanced teams
- Open registration
- Positive coaching
that follows is an expansion on these ideas.
1. The coach is
the most important AYSO person for the kids:
- You have the most
- You make it or
break it for the kids.
- The kids will
have lasting memories about how you treat them.
2. Partner with
the referee to help control the game.
- You are
responsible for your own conduct, the conduct of assistant coaches,
players and parents. Most of them take their cues from you. If you are
yelling at the refs and players, they will feel that it is ok to do so.
You need to set the example that all of the others will follow.
Referees don't point out your coaching mistakes. So, do not vocalize
- Referees don't
point out your coaching mistakes. So, do not vocalize referee errors.
If you have a question about call, politely approach the
Referee during halftime or after the game for an explanation.
- Do not allow
side-line players, spectators or photographers to occupy the area
around the goal line unless approved by the Referee.
3. How invested
are you in the team winning?
- It is not about
you winning. It is about the kids having fun and developing their
skills. When you see a coach screaming at the players, look to see if
the kids being yelled at are having any fun.
4. How to coach a
- Stay within the
20 yard designated coaching area (10 yards of either side of the center
field) and limit the number of coaches giving instruction to two.
- As hard as it is,
remain relatively quiet. Don't choreograph the play. Let them play the
- Do 80% of your
coaching at practice.
conduct, mandated by AYSO, is to be:
shout, "SHOOT!, SHOOT!" or "KICK IT, KICK IT!" or "WHAT ARE YOU
DOING!?!" Offer minimal instruction to players who are away from the
objective must be to facilitate the development of players to play
attractive soccer. Attractive soccer is the skillful / cooperative
actions of ALL players on a team to maintain possession of the ball
with accurate passes to each other using ALL areas of the field in a
concerted effort to maneuver the ball toward the opponents goal and
SCORE. If we are ultimately working toward well-paced ball circulation,
then 1st touch (reception) ball control is our highest priority.
Formulate your coaching methods with that technical skill as the
primary objective. A well executed reception, turn and pass has much
more value than a ball kicked with reckless abandon and no target in
soccer is FUN. Children love free-play. It enhances the development of
individual and cooperative DECISION MAKING, crucial to the flow of the
game. Adults can help this development by not shouting negatively from
the sideline. Shouting divides the player's attention away from the
action on the field. Allow the children to make their own on-the-field
to AYSO National Website (ayso.org)
Report Form with Instructions in English
SAI = Soccer
Form with Instructions in
English (All injuries after 7-1-2010)
Brochure in English current (2009)
Brochure in Spanish current (2009)
coaches should be certified. Certification is earned by attending a
U6 Coaching Clinic (U6)
U8 Coaching Clinic (U8)
U10 Coaching Clinic (U10)
Youth Coaching Clinic (U12),
Intermediate Coaching Clinic (U14),
Advanced Coaching Clinic (U16/U19).