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  • Openings for Head Coaching positions within the AYSO ALLIANCE program must be advertised each year and applications submitted to the AYSO ALLIANCE Director as well as Area and Region administrators.

  • Coaches must have the required State licensing and AYSO Area Requirements. (Equivalent AYSO Certifications are preferred).

  • NEW Coaches seeking a position must submit an application (soccer resume, coaching certifications) via email (electronic applications are available on the AYSO Website).

Coaching fees and Trainer Contracts

  • It is encouraged that all ALLIANCE coaches strive to develop a year-round coaching program for their ALLIANCE teams; however, supplemental training programs may be offered.

  • Any coaching or trainer stipends agreements must complete the AYSO ALLIANCE “Outside Services Agreement” which are signed off on by the AYSO Executive Director.

  • Any Trainer agreements/contracts must be approved by the AYSO ALLIANCE Director, and the AYSO Office. All requirements (work permits, insurance, and qualifications) fall in line with AYSO National standards. The AYSO Office will perform regular vendor checks to ensure compliance with National standards.

  • All paid (non-contract staff) must be paid through AYSO Services Corporation.

Coaches (head and assistant) MUST:

  • Adhere to the AYSO Vision, Mission, and Philosophies, in particular, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. Have the AYSO basic coaching registration criteria (expected of all AYSO volunteers).

  • Take the online Safe Haven (Child and Volunteer Protection) Course (after 2019).

  • Complete CDC Heads Up Concussion Training through official AYSO training program of record.

  • Fill out a Volunteer form with e-signature online at local ALLIANCE registration portal annually.

  • Pending U.S. Soccer and State Association requirements, coaches may be required to take additional SafeSport training.

  • Have and maintain a current State Association Risk Management Disclosure, or applicable equivalent as requested by State association. This will ensure that coaches can get State Association Coaches Cards and be allowed to be on the sidelines during games and tournaments. Failure to complete this prior to the first competitive game will result in suspension from coaching until all requirements are complete.

Coach Training Level
Coaches must be licensed to the requirements of their state associations or applicable gaming circuit. Additionally, pending AYSO Area or Section standards and requirements, each head coach and assistant coach may require AYSO certification at the age level that they are working with:

  • 12U   –   AYSO U12 Coach Certificate

  • 13U and 14U   –   AYSO Intermediate Coach Certificate

  • 15U-19U   –   AYSO Advanced Coach Certificate.

All certification requirements relate to the most recent National Coaching Program course:

  • 10U and 12U   –    Must have completed the course after January 2013

  • Intermediate    –    Must have completed the course after January 2015

  • Advanced    –    Must have completed the course after January 2018

Contact the local Section Coach Administrator for any coaches requiring U.S. Soccer equivalency or United Soccer Coaches reciprocity.
These requirements do not apply to tryouts for the AYSO ALLIANCE Team.



The team’s head coach is ultimately responsible for all team activities and is directly accountable to their AYSO ALLIANCE Director. However, a Head Coach can assign duties to others within his team’s management and structure.
The team’s head coach will be responsible for:

  • Training times, place, and games (including scrimmages).

  • Timely communication with all team parents.

  • Tournament play, transportation, and lodging organization.

  • Disciplinary action, as needed.

  • Proper and required paperwork.

  • Ensuring that EACH PLAYER WILL play a minimum one-half of each game (injuries and disciplinary action exempt).

  • Ensuring AYSO volunteer to player ratio is adhered to at all times.

  • All coaches will dress in a professional manner (AYSO ALLIANCE branded apparel) at all matches, training sessions, and other AYSO ALLIANCE-related events.

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AYSO Region 158

P.O. Box 806095 
St Clair Shores, Michigan 48080

Email Us: [email protected]

Phone: 586-335-2229