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Welcome to Madison, AL AYSO Region 498

How to Become a Coach

Regional Coach Administrator - Hugh Hartwig - [email protected]
Director of Coach Instruction - Simon King - [email protected]

Coaches, like all AYSO volunteers, MUST complete the following as well as coach specific training listed below:

  • AYSO Volunteer Registration - This is completed once every membership year. The AYSO 498 membership year runs Aug 1st through July 31st. If you are new to Region 498, CLICK HERE to create an account and register. If you have an account, CLICK HERE to login and register
  • AYSO Safe Haven - Taken online at AYSOU. Safe Haven certification is taken one time only
  • CDC Concussion Awareness - Taken every membership year. Online course at AYSOU

For the Coach Training Schedule showing upcoming training sessions, CLICK HERE

Additional coaching resources can be found at

Coach Training Requirements

What do I need to become an AYSO Coach/Assistant?

1.   AYSO Registration

All Coaches and Assistant Coaches must complete a registration form each year (beginning fall season). CLICK HERE for registration instructions. Coach must also sign up on our website to coach a specific division each season.

2.   Safe Haven

All AYSO volunteers are required to complete Safe Haven training once since 2012. This training may be completed from under Online Courses.

3.   CDC Concussion Training

Concussion training is required for each year by Alabama for all youth sports. Concussion training is available from under Online Courses.

4.   Age Appropriate Training

Consistent with AYSO national policy, all coaches must be certified to coach at their team's age level. For example, 12U coaches must be certified to the 12U level. This applies to both head and assistant coaches. 

In addition to the requirements below, each coach volunteer is required to complete AYSO Safe Haven training since 2012, Concussion training each year.

Region 498 provides coach training and certification courses located in Madison for levels 6U through 12U. Higher level training (Intermediate for 14U, Advanced for 16U and 19U) is provided through AYSO Area, Sectional, and National programs. Since all AYSO coach training follows a nationally mandated and standardized curriculum, you can attend any coach training event for all age divisions at any AYSO region, and coaches outside Madison are welcome to attend our courses. The provides a wide range of options and dates in addition to the training offered within our Region. 

The minimum coach certification level by age division is as follows: 

Coach Certification Requirements

Note that the coach training program has two elements -- a theory component and an on-field component. You must complete both, and be signed off by the course instructor at the end of each session, to be certified. The theory component may be delivered online and/or in-person classroom sessions; see taking online classes in the sections below for more information. 

It is advisable to complete the online Safe Haven and Concussion awareness courses before attending these sessions. 

For the on-field portion, please wear soccer attire and bring a hat, plenty of water and sunblock. 


In-Person Training Courses

In-Person Training Courses

In-person courses are field sessions, including classroom when applicable. The Training Requirements section (mentioned above) gives details of which training is required for each coach certification. It is important that you register for your chosen course in advance. To find available classes and register, click the How To Guide link below:

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Coach Instructor at [email protected].

Online Coach Training Courses

Online Coach Courses (6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, Intermediate, Advanced)

Online training is available on AYSO University
Training is provided FREE for all volunteers.

To complete online courses, Log into using your login.
Open Online-Courses and begin taking the course!

NOTE: You must register for the In-Person Training Sessions separately. Click the link in the In-Person Training Courses mentioned above for the How To Guides.

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AYSO Madison Alabama Region 498

244 Kyser Blvd, Apt 708
Madison, Alabama 35758

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 206-795-5565
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