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Already a coach?

Important season info here!

Thinking Of Becoming A Coach?

Thinking of becoming a coach?

Look, you've come this far. Admit it, you're curious. Take this handy quiz to see if you should be an AYSO coach.

Should you coach?

Do you enjoy youth sports?

Can you make kids laugh?

Can you role model good sportsmanship?

Do you like to have fun?

Would most people agree you are "not weird"?

If you said yes to all of these questions... CONGRATULATIONS! YOU WOULD MAKE AN AWESOME COACH!

But...But...But... Answers to your biggest excuses!

I have no time to coach.

That's exactly WHY you should coach. As a coach, you set your own practice schedule. You can choose a time that fits your family's schedule.

I don't know how to coach.

No problem! We provide all coaches with free training.

I don't know the laws of soccer.

Happy reading!

I don't know what skills to coach.

Luckily we live in an age with literally all of humanity's accumulated knowledge at our fingertips.

I don't have any coach equipment.

We supply new coaches with essential equipment, line cones, balls, and bibs. Check out our options here!

I don't know how to register or get certified to be an AYSO coach.

That's a lame excuse. This page is littered with steps to sign-up.

Benefits of being a Head Coach

  • Get your child off the wait-list immediately!
  • Set your own practice schedule. Pick the days and times that work best for your family. If you coach multiple teams,you can schedule practices back-to-back, so you can avoid the dreaded "practice every night of the week" syndrome of having multiple coaches.
  • Select your own volunteer (Referee, Asst Coach, Team Parent) and "lock" the player associated with that volunteer on your team
  • Head Coaching multiple teams? We will make sure your games do not overlap. Never miss a kid's game!
  • Free Coach T-Shirt -- going for hundreds of dollars in the black market
  • Virtue signaling! Post on Instagram of you coaching your team, and watch the likes roll in!
  • BEST OF ALL>... Coaching kids is incredibly fun and feeds your soul!

When are practices? How often? I have more questions!

Check out our AYSO Region 114 Coach FAQ at the bottom of this page. If you still have questions, reach out to your Division Coordinator.

Ready to become a coach?

Your next step is to log into and submit a Volunteer Head Coach Application.

Region 114 Coach FAQ

Region 114 Coach FAQ

Answers to the most common Coaching questions!

How do I sign up to be an AYSO Coach

Log into YOUR OWN account and submit a volunteer Coach application. Visit our Coach Sign-Up page for detailed instructions and step-by-step assistance.

My child is on the wait-list. If I Coach, will that activate them from the wait-list?

If you volunteer to be a HEAD Coach, then yes. Every time a Head Coach signs up, we are able to activate more players because that means we have someone to lead the team.

Once you've submitted your Head Coach application and have completed your online background check, then please send am email to the Coach Admin ([email protected]) and Region Registrar ([email protected]). The Registrar will activate your player and send you an email with payment instructions.

What are the requirements to be a Coach?

  • All Coaches must submit a volunteer Coach (Head or Assistant) application for each team they want to coach. This must be done every season.
  • All Coaches must be complete an annual online background check.
  • All Coaches must be Live Scan Fingerprinted for AYSO. You only need to do this once for the life of your volunteer account.
  • All Coaches must complete online safety videos. You only need to do this once.
  • All Coaches must obtain an AYSO Coach License by attending an in-person training event. You only need to do this once for each age group you coach.

Visit the Coach Sign-Up page for more info.

I've submitted my application. What do I do next?

The Coach Admin team will reach out with a welcome email, explaining your next steps. The short version is: make sure all of the required items in your Volunteer profile have a checkmark. Only then are you certified to be an AYSO Coach.

By when must the Coach requirements be completed?

Every requirement shown in your volunteer profile needs to be completed, but they have different due dates:

  • Before you can receive a roster with contact information of minors, you must complete your Online Background Check ("Risk Status") and your Live Scan fingerprinting. Those each can take up to two weeks, so you should complete them before the end of June. We give out rosters in July only to coaches who have passed their background check.
  • Before you can lead a practice, you need to have all of your online safety courses completed. Practices begin in August, so complete them before August.
  • Before you can coach a game, you need to obtain your Coach License at an in-person coach training. Games start in September, so you should enroll in a Coach License class before September.

I've completed everything in my volunteer profile. What do I do next?

Check out our Region 114 Current Coach page for important dates and reminders about the current season.

Do I have to attend the coach certification training every year? Is it optional?

Once you are Licensed at the age level you are coaching, you do not need to do it again. (When you move up to coaching new levels, you'll need a new certification for the new level.) Nothing in your volunteer profile is optional --the coach licensing is required.

I don't see Coach Certification courses listed on AYSOU.

Most Coaching courses are in the late Summer, and are not posted on AYSOU until early July. Keep checking AYSOU. During other times of the year, it is hard to find nearby coach training events.

How can I tell which certifications I have, or which safety courses I need to take?

Log into and click Volunteer. Your volunteer profile shows you the status of all of your certifications and safety courses.

I coached in a different AYSO region before. Will my existing certifications transfer to 114?

Yes, as long as you use the same login information. If it does not, contact AYSO National CVPA [email protected] and they can help transfer your credentials. But if you coached outside of AYSO, that does not transfer, and you must get AYSO certified.

What is the minimum age to be an AYSO Coach?

You must be 18 years old or older to be an AYSO coach. Though AYSO appreciates and encourages young people to participate in all aspects of soccer including coaching, an individual under 18 years of age may not be listed as the head coach or assistant coach on the official roster, due to liability issues. They can certainly assist in training and even make decisions regarding the team, but can’t ever be left alone with players and can’t be listed on the official roster.

When do I receive my roster?

We build teams in July. Typically we hand out rosters at the Annual Coach meeting / late July. Upper divisions (14U/16U/19U) will usually hold a draft is there is more than 1 team.

Can I request players on my roster?

As Head Coach, you automatically have your own player assigned to your team. Additionally, Region 114 also allows Head Coaches to "lock" one volunteer, which includes the player associated with that volunteer.

At the youngest levels, U6 through U8, parents can submit teammate requests on their registration form. But At U10 and above, volunteering as Head Coach and submitting your volunteer "lock" is the only way to guarantee a teammate.

When do I practice?

Whenever you want. Head Coaches decide the practice schedule. (If another parent wants to dictate the practice schedule, they should have signed up to be a coach!) Of course, if you set practices for 3pm, don't expect everyone to make it. Find a time that works best for you, but be mindful of other families' work/school schedules.

Note: The Coach Administrator will let you know when you may begin practices (usually early August). Although at the youngest age groups, you might not need to start practices until mid-to-late August.

How do I select my practice spot or dates/times?

We don't have specific field or time slots, except at the upper age groups. So for the ages U5-U10, there are certain areas of the park where you should practice. This is described in the Region 114 Current Coach Info page.

Where do I practice?

All practices must be at Heartwell Park between Woodruff and Palo Verde. The other side of Heartwell Park is reserved for other soccer organizations and off limits to Region 114.

Field 7 is reserved for U12 teams. Field 6 is reserved for U14 - U19 teams. Fields 9 and 10 are reserved for U10 teams. Share the space nicely. Take up just what you need.

I'm Head Coach to multiple teams. Can I practice on the same field, back-to-back?

You can set up your practices back-to-back, yes. (Head Coaches choose their own practice schedule.) If your age groups are close in ages (U5 through U8) then yes you can practice at the same place.

If you are Head Coaching multiple teams where one is U8 or below, and the other is U10 or above, then please reach out to the Coach Administrator to discuss field options.

How often do I practice?

U5 and U6 practice once per week for about 45 minutes. (5 minute warmup game, 30 minutes of skills work, and 10 minutes scrimmage.)

U7 and U8 practice once per week for about an hour. (15 minute warmup game, 30 minutes of skills work, 15 minutes scrimmage.)

U10 and up practice twice per week. The length of time depends on the age group-- typically between one hour and 90 minutes, at the coach's discretion.

When are games?

Games in the Fall season occur once per week, September through November -- each team plays roughly 9 or 10 games (depending on Division). Most games are Saturdays, although the U7, U8, and U12 - U19 divisions might have occasional Friday evening games under the lights, which is an electric (pun!) atmosphere for the players.

When does the game schedule made public?

Around Labor Day.

If I coach multiple teams, will they play at the same time?

If you are the Head Coach of multiple teams, then we will build the schedule so that your games do not overlap. However, we cannot guarantee they will be on the same field or back-to-back. When the schedule is made public, review it and notify us if any games conflict (our scheduler is human so the occasional mistake happens). If you do not notify us, we cannot make changes once the schedule is finalized.

What are the game formats?

AYSO games are broken into two halves, with brief water/substitution breaks at quarters for U5 - U14. (U16 and U19 do not have quarter breaks.) The quarter-breaks are for substitutions and a quick drink of water. The quarter breaks are not full breaks, so keep the players on the field and quickly do your subs, and get them playing. The clock continues to run during the quarter breaks. A full break occurs only at halftime for all divisions.

  • U5-U6: 5v5, no keepers, small pop-up goals. 10 minute halves, 5 minute quarters. (Note: Scores and Win-Loss records are not kept)
  • U7-U8: 7v7 (6 field + 1 keeper) 20 minute halves, 10 minute quarters (Note: Scores and Win-Loss records are not kept)
  • U10: 7v7. 25 minute halves, 12 minute quarters
  • U12: 9v9. 30 minute halves, 15 minute quarters
  • U14: 11v11. 35 minute halves, 17 minute quarters
  • U16: 11v11. 40 minute halves, free substitutions
  • U19: 11v11. 45 minute halves, free substitutions

What size ball do we use?

  • U5-U8: Size 3
  • U10-U12: Size 4
  • U14+: Size 5

What size fields and goals do we use?

  • U5/U6: 30yd x 20yd, Pugg goals
  • U7/U8: 50yd x 30yd, 6' x 18' goals
  • U10: 80yd x 40yd, 7' x 21' goals
  • U12:100yd x 50yd, 8' x 24' goals
  • U14-U19: 110yd x 60yd, 8' x 24' goals

How does Post-Season play work?

Regardless of win-loss records, all teams that have accrued the requisite number of volunteer points are eligible to play in Region 114 post-season play. See the Volunteer Point page to learn about point requirements and accrual.

At the Core U5-U8 divisions, the Commissioner's Cup is a friendly tournament-- teams play two games, but outcomes are not tracked, and there is no "winner" of the Cup. But there is FREE PIZZA and medals to each participant! We want it to feel like a real tournament. Remember it is just for fun and play.

The Core U10 and above divisions participate in the Commissioner's Cup. which typically has teams playing two games on Day 1 and advancing to play one or two more games on Day 2. The winner from each division advances on to Area Z Tournament to compete against other Area Z region winners. The winner of Area goes on to Section 11 Tournament. The winner of Section advances to Western States Championships.

What is Core? EXTRA™? All Stars? Spring Select?

The most common AYSO program is the Core program (Fall only). This is the program that the vast majority of our players play. It consists of nine or ten weeks of games, with practices beginning in August, and games usually concluding before Thanksgiving.

AYSO EXTRA™ is a completely separate program from AYSO Core. EXTRA™ is also separate from All-Stars and Spring Select. Region 114 EXTRA™ teams, called "Long Beach United" form for both Fall and Spring EXTRA™ seasons. (Don't confuse the "United" team name with AYSO's United program which is the Official Club Program of AYSO soccer. Region 114 does not have a United Program.)

EXTRA™ is AYSO's program offering a higher level of play and requires try-outs. To qualify for Fall and Spring EXTRA™ programs the players must attend one of the tryouts that are usually held December - February. More info can be found on our EXTRA™ page.


All-Stars teams are fielded through invitation, from a pool of the Core U10 and above players, and play in the Area Z All-Stars Tournament in January. There may also be play in some optional tournaments immediately after the Core season, from late November up through January. Winners of the Area Z tournament advance to the Section 11 Tournament, and winners of Section 11 advance to Western States Championships.

All-Stars teams are formed by using the player ratings cards that Core coaches are asked to fill-out during the Fall season, so it is very important that all coaches complete them as requested. Note: Not every gender-division may form an All-Star team... it depends on whether a coach volunteers to form an All Star team for a given gender-division level. If you are interested in coaching an All Star Team, please reach out to the Region 114 Coach Administrator.

Spring Select teams are formed by the Spring Select coach. Usually the first opportunity to fill the team is given to Fall All-Star players, and then other slots may be filled by the coach. Often the opportunity is given to children of dedicated volunteers that want to continue playing in the Spring. (Another reason to volunteer!) Spring Select has a 10-week schedule that runs from March - May, with the Spring Select Tournament wrapping up in early June. Spring Select Teams play against other Spring Select teams within Area Z, so some travel is involved. (Downey, Lynwood, South Gate, Wilmington, Lakewood, etc.)

Region 114 attempts to have a Spring Select team for every division, and in fact sometimes we have two from the same division, but ultimately it is subject to how many Select Coach volunteer applications we receive. If you are interested in coaching a Select Team, please reach out to the Region 114 Coach Administrator.

How do you apply for post-season coaching?

Check out our Post-Season Coaching Page for more information.

How do I know what to work on during practices?

THe answer depends on your age level. AYSO provides coaching manuals. But YouTube is a bottomless pit of session ideas and skill ideas.

Region 114 Coach Contacts

Region 114 Coach Contacts

Regional Coach Administrator
Jeff Schell
[email protected]

Lead Coach Instructor 
[email protected]

Division Coordinators:

U5 (birthyear 2019):  TBD

U6 (birthyear 2018):  TBD

U7 (birthyear 2017):  TBD

U8 (birthyear 2016):  TBD

U10 BOYS (birthyears 2014-2015):  TBD

U10 GIRLS (birthyears 2014-2015):  TBD

U12 BOYS (birthyears 2012-2013):  TBD

U12 GIRLS (birthyears 2012-2013):  TBD

U14-U19 (birthyears 2005-2011):  TBD

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