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Coaching in AYSO is a chance to spend quality time with your own child and you’ll also serve as an important role model for all the children on your team - a coach can be the most influential person in a child’s life. Because of that crucial role, Positive Coaching is a fundamental AYSO philosophy. Soccer knowledge is a plus, but AYSO provides age appropriate training and materials so that even a soccer novice can coach effectively by starting in the younger age divisions. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have in addition to specific soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, try being an assistant coach. The Regional Coach Administrator or Division Commissioner will be happy to match you up with a coach who has a little more experience.

All coaches must be AYSO registered volunteers, take AYSO’s Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness online classes. and take AYSO’s age-specific training. To register as a volunteer you must complete the online volunteer application on this website. Once you are registered you can sign up for a training class through the web site.

The difference you can make in the life of a child is immeasurable and incredibly rewarding. Please sign up to coach today.


Coach Certification Requirements*



 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, 6U Coach



 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, 8U Coach



 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, 10U Coach



 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, 12U Coach



 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Intermediate Coach

12U Coach


 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Advanced Coach

Intermediate Coach

*Certification requirements apply to both Head Coach and Assistant Coach


In the coming weeks, there are multiple local opportunities to start your coaching education or build upon your current certification levels.  Signing up for classes is easy and can be done so through using the same user ID and password that you used on this site to register.  Coaches are also required to take Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness training - both available as short online training sessions.
To register for a class:

1. Login to with the account information you established when volunteering at  The best way to do this is to log in to first and then click on our AYSOU link under the Region 18 Info tab.
2. From there click Login on the AYSOU page.  The system should recognize your credentials and log you in automatically, but if that doesn't work simply enter your login credentials again.

Once logged in to AYSOU...
3. Click on the "Online Courses" tab or "In Person Classes" tab
4. Online Courses will show you a list of courses.  Pick the one you would like and click Open to begin.
5. In Person Classes will ask you to pick a category of classes (Coach, Referee, etc.) and then find your specific class and click on Sessions.  This will show a listing of all available classes.  Search for one with a convenient time and location.

Detailed AYSOU Instructions available on our AYSOU Instructions page.


We hold an Annual Coaches Meeting before the start of the Fall Season to highlight any rules changes, discuss any new development initiatives, and outline points of emphasis for the upcoming season.  We review basic logistics for AYSO18 and answer any questions coaches may have.

Topics included:

  • New coach mentor program
  • Introduction of The Coaching Manual Resources
  • Mobile App for accessing your online Team Pages
  • New Player Development Initiatives (PDIs) for U7/8/10/12
  • Support available to you from EVO trainers
  • New resources available on

Note: Each U10/12/14 team with a coach in attendance will earn a referee point.




Divisions 10U through 14U participate in the AYSO18 Beach Cup Playoffs at the end of the Fall Season.  

Beach Cup Playoff details can be found here:  Beach Cup Rules & Regs 2019 

Divisions 16U & 19U participate in Area Playoffs with the opportunity to advance to Sectionals.

Standings & Referee Points System for Middles (U10, U12, U14) 

Each team is required to provide Volunteer Referees for games according to the AYSO18 Standings & Referee Points System policy.  Referees earn Referee Points which affect a team's total points in the standings.  Failure to meet minimum Referee Points thresholds may penalize the team during the playoffs or in extreme cases prevent the team from participating in the playoffs.  Details vary by Division.
Please reference the Full Detailed Policy for Specifics:  Standings & Referee Points System

Team Picture Day Details for Coaches - Fall 2019

Team Picture Days are: 

Picture Day 1 is Saturday, October 12th - Marine Sports Complex - 1801 Marine Avenue - 8am-2pm
Picture Day 2 is Sunday, October 13th - Marine Avenue Park - 1625 Marine Avenue - 8am-2pm

Watch out for more information from your Division Commissioners.  There will be a sign-up link when you can sign up for a specific time for your team.

Please be sure to meet with your team 15 minutes before your picture time and bring a team ball for the picture.  One coach from each team needs to check in at the sales tent with the coach slip attached.  The coach must have a completed form for each player with them as well. 

Picture Day Coach Slip

Player Picture Day Form

Buddy shots are available and require a separate form which will be in the sales tent.

Each player receives the following package included as a part of their league registration:  1 Memory mate (8-11 team and player), 1 photo button and 4 wallets.

There will also be a Make Up Day for Team Pictures... Sunday, October 27th.

Make Up Day details will come later.

Individual parents, whose children missed their Team Pictures, are welcome to show up anytime on the make up day for an individual picture.


Incident Report Form
Referee Feedback Form
Participation Release Form
Referee Schedule
Team Photo Form
Concussion Info & Training
Game Card Template - If you choose to use a printed roster, it must be cut to size & stapled to the game card provided by the Region.
Spirit of the Game
PDI's Playing Out from a Goalkick/Keeper Possession
Working with Referees & Parents
Youth Referee Program

National Partners

Contact Us

AYSO Region 18

P.O. Box 3597 
Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Email Us: [email protected]
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