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Information for Coaches


The goal of the AYSO Region 1 Coaching program is to provide a safe, fun, educational environment for all children. The coaching program will provide AYSO coaches with a vehicle by which to learn development methods on individual skill, and team tactics. The purpose is to enforce the certification process for each age group coach, emphasise progressive skill development methodology, establish safety mechanisms, and promote positive feedback as a motivational tool. Coaching is an ongoing learning process, and each coach is encouraged to attend any and all sessions beyond the required certification course. Curricular standards for each age group help ensure that children progress with a certain level of knowledge and skills.

Coaches Clinics

Click here for Area 2N Coaching Course Information

April 2017
4/22/17 Sa Fall Season Registration 12PM to 4PM at Veterans Memorial Senior Center
4/27/17 Th Fall Season Registration 6PM to 9PM at CAB
May 2017
5/6/17 Sa Fall Season Registration 11AM to 3PM at Veterans Memorial Senior Center
5/6/17 Sa Late Registration Starts Fees increase after Registration

Division-Specific Information

Differences by Division Table

U5/U6 U8 U10 U12 U14 U16-19


This table shows what times each of the Redwood City fields is available for AYSO practices.

Please keep the following guidelines for practices firmly in mind.

Coaches Code

  • Enthusiastically support and practice "Everyone Plays" and Positive Coaching philosophies of AYSO.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on the young players’ time, energy, enthusiasm and their performance on the soccer field.
  • Impress on your players that they must abide by the rules of the game at all times.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, and for the judgment of referees and opposing coaches.
  • Ensure that your players’ soccer experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it). Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game.
  • Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Children need a coach they can respect.
  • Keep informed about sound principles of coaching, growth and development principles relating to children.
  • Enlist the support of your team’s parents in your efforts to instill the proper attitudes and values in the players.
  • Check equipment and facilities that you use. They should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players.
  • Follow the advice of physician when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.

Drills, drills, and more drills!

Many coaches use a small set of "tried and true" drills over and over.   Other coaches "invent" drills on the fly.  Yet there are literally 100's of great drills that have been perfected over the years.  A broad collection of fun, educational drills helps you be a better coach.  Most coaching books have a pretty good selection of drills.  Here are some links to online drill resources that we hope you'll find useful.

Roster Planning Forms

The following forms are useful for planning game rosters.

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pdfico.gif (947 bytes) 3-42-1.pdf

pdfico.gif (947 bytes) 3-4-3.pdf

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pdfico.gif (947 bytes) Stat sheet - you can use this to track all your game performance statistics (print one sheet per game)


One of the keys to successful coaching is to avoid trying to do everything yourself.   Get your kids' parents involved in the smooth operation of your team by delegating tasks.  Here is a sample list of parent jobs.


Game Lineup Card (Editable PDF)

Game Lineup Card (Requires Microsoft Excel)

U10 Player Rating Form - NEW (Requires Microsoft Excel)

Player Rating Form (Requires Microsoft Excel)

More Stuff:

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  • How to become a coach
  • Training classes
  • Time commitment
  • Season
  • Tournaments
  • Dialogue with the head coach and other coaches

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