Coaching within the SFYS leagues is an amazing way to support the game of Soccer.

For those willing to volunteer, it helps to significantly reduce the cost for participating families, though in current times it does require a not insignificant number of risk management hurdles to deal with - but it also gives you an amazing opportunity to connect with and develop our future generation of soccer players! (And nearly every volunteer coach who's made the effort will tell you it's worth it.) In advance of Fall and Spring seasons, SFYS opens an online Intent to Play form each team completes in order to be eligible for registration and to be on the mailing list for seasonal deadlines and scoop on team formation.

Any adult can coach - either as a volunteer or paid professional, but there are local, state, federal and US Soccer Federation requirements that must be completed by EVERY COACH first to keep everyone safe.

Reminder: NO ONE may coach on Game Day without having completed all coaching requirements and being cleared as a Coach on the Game Day Photo Roster.

There are FIVE (5) licensing and risk management requirements that must be completed by any rostered adult within SFYS (or any youth sport league / organization / club):

Federal, CA State, US Soccer Federation and SAY Soccer risk management requirements

  1. RSI background check 
  2. SafeSport - linked in the US Soccer Digital Learning Center
  3. Concussion & Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training 
  4. LiveScan fingerprinting

SFYS requirements

  1. Coach Licensing + SFYS Field Training:
    Register for a profile on the US Soccer Learning Center.
    - Complete the Introduction to coaching through the US Soccer Learning profile.
    - Then complete a 
    4 hour in-person US Soccer Grassroots Coach certification

    Dates, Times and registration links for SFYS-hosted combination sessions    ------->

SFYS requires that every coach complete US Soccer Grassroots Education. The requirement is a 4-hour in-person class. Questions?

*Introduction to Grassroots training is a prerequisite in order to signup for any class. Unless another organization requires it, you may bypass US Soccer's background check requirement. SFYS background checks are completed externally (click here for a full checklist of requirements)

SFYS Summer Class Offerings:



Coach Links

To make sure the season is a positive experience for coaches as well as players, SFYS also provides further team staff support.

to support you:

Coaching Community


Ask a question, find a coach, join a roundtable:

SFYS provides a coaching curriculum to guide teams and coaches, based on the US Soccer Grassroots methodology. There are 12-14 training plans, as well as supporting materials for navigating your season!

Soccer Parenting Coach Education Hub focuses on helping coaches build stronger connections with parents & players.

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