Numbers 1 - 4 must be completed before a team can be assigned to you.

1. Register as a Coach

All Coaches must register with SYSA to be assigned to a team.

Click the "Login" or "Register" button on the right-hand side of this page, if you are new to SYSA you will need to create an account. Once you have logged in select volunteer from the menu on the left, select "Find Volunteer Roles" on the upper right, click "sign up" for the role you wish to volunteer for, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "show more" if the division you are looking for is not visible. After you have selected the role you are volunteering for select continue, then continue again, enter your information and continue to continue till you are completed.

Once successfully registered you will receive a confirmation email with a link to complete the required Safesport, Concussion training.

2. US Center for SafeSport Training
Link to register will be provided after registering as a coach at

Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse
and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

On February 14th, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. 

Your First Name, Last Name and Email MUST match exactly to what was entered when registering with SYSA for your training certificate to load into the system. If your coaching/board/parent information in SYSA says William, then that is what you want SafeSport to have as well – not Bill. If you are unsure how your information is entered into U.S. Soccer Connect, please reach out to your club registrar to assist you. If all 3 pieces of information are exactly the same, then SafeSport will load your updated certificate directly into U.S. Soccer Connect. As a back up, please download your completed certificate and have on hand just in case.

3. Concussion training

All coaches, referees, and league administrators must complete a concussion awareness training. Follow the link below to take the course offered by NFHS.

Follow the prompts, complete the course. When finished upload the certificate to your Affinity profile or email the pdf to [email protected] with your name and contact info.

NFHS Concussion course

Coach training can be found HERE

Conduct Codes

SYSA League Rules
SYSA Polices

Laws of the Game


Coaching tips and training

SYSA does not have a specific training requirement or “system.” However, we will do our best to provide coaches with the resources they need to be successful. We hope that our coaches will continue to learn and improve their skills as the players learn and improve their skills.

While each coach will develop their own style and have their favorite drills and games, we expect all coaches to adhere to these core principles.

1. Everyone participates – coaches should be aware of varying skill levels and be able to engage all players at the appropriate level.

2. Positive coaching – coaches should use positive encouragement to engage and motivate players.

3. Good sportsmanship – the coach should instill an attitude of good sportsmanship on their team. Remember, this isn’t just about shaking hands after the game. Good sportsmanship means showing respect and toward teammates, coaches, referees, and league officials in addition to the members of other teams.


There are many books, videos, and websites with coaching information available on the web. Below are links to a few that we believe will help coaches find the activities and advice that work for them and their team. If you have your own favorites, send the info and we will add them here to share with the other coaches.

Or just type “soccer drills” into your search engine and start exploring.



Has good illustrations and videos with age-specific drills for dribbling, shooting, passing, defending, and more.



This You-Tube channel has videos of a coach directing players doing the drills. Most start with the basics and show you how to make them more complicated as the kids learn the drills and their skills improve.


Coaching Manuals:

Official American Youth Soccer Association coaches training manuals:

Age-specific training manuals for U6, U8, U10, & U12. These are designed to go along with formal AYSO training sessions. As such, understanding some of the drill descriptions can take a little getting used to, but the introductory materials about appropriate levels of play and general skill areas for each age level is very well presented.


Coaching books:

There are hundreds available. Here are a few that might be beneficial to new coaches. These incorporate basic coaching philosophies and strategies with examples for activities. Links are to


The Complete Book of Coaching Youth Soccer

The Baffled Parents Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer

The Baffled Parents Guide to Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer