Team & Game Roles

Team and Game volunteers are the heart of AYSO soccer. Each team has on-the-field roles (i.e. Coach, Manager, Referees, Chaperone) that are necessary for the weekly success of that team. Additionally, each team is required to provide a minimum of three parent referees to the SM AYSO referee pool, so we can ensure that our games are safe, fair, and fun for the players. Referees earn Volunteer Points for their child’s team, which are used to qualify the team for special awards or advancement in the playoffs. Read through these descriptions of all the game-related volunteer roles to see what appeals to you. There are lots of choices! 

No previous soccer knowledge is required for any role.  We provide all required training/certification for Team Volunteer Roles.

COACH:
Sets up and runs training and practices for the team. Is responsible for the conduct of players, parents and others associated with the team at all practices and games.  (Age appropriate training & certification—provided by AYSO—will be required.)

ASSISTANT COACH:
Gives assistance to, and can substitute for, the head coach as needed.  (Age appropriate training & certification—provided by AYSO—will be required).

TEAM MANAGER:
As the coach’s administrative partner, oversees team organizational needs. Coordinates parent volunteer assignments and refreshment schedules, handles communications with players’ families, prepares team rosters, collects & maintains player medical release forms, etc.  (Safe Haven online training & certification will be required.)
More on Team Manager Role  |  Team Manager Resources page

REFEREE (Center):
The official in charge of the match at every game. The referee’s #1 job is to keep the game safe, fair, and fun for the players.  (Age appropriate training & certification—provided by AYSO—will be required).

ASSISTANT REFEREE (Linesperson):
The assistant referees signal when the ball has gone out of bounds, signal the direction of restart and in U10 & above, recognize and signal offside violations.   Assistant Refs also document the playing time of each player on the game card.  (Age appropriate training & certification—provided by AYSO—will be required).

PRACTICE CHAPERONE/SAFE HAVEN ADVOCATE (U7 & ABOVE):
Person must be the same gender as the players.  Promotes AYSO’s Kids Zone & Safe Haven policies at the team level.  Attends all practices and accompanies players to the restroom as necessary.  (Safe Haven online training & certification will be required.)

All AYSO volunteers are required to register with AYSO National (eAYSO.org) annually.

This is separate from player registration.   Click here to complete adult volunteer registration.