COACHING IN SF YOUTH SOCCER
Whether you're a volunteer coach (thank you!) or a paid professional, there are some orders of business to take care of:
Get your Coaching Credential.
Follow the information on this page for clarification and registration.
Register in Bonzi / StackSports / US Soccer Connect.
The Bonzi system (they keep changing the name) is where we connect your livescan with you, for clearance. Team Managers, Coaches and Trainers must sign up for the coach pool.
REGISTER RIGHT HERE - New coaches, create an account.
Register in Affinity.
Each team has a primary contact and they will have the registration link and code for you to sign up as the team coach. Codes are unique to teams so you will need the primary contact to share with you. This is so you will appear on the roster and receive a digital coaching pass!*
Get LiveScanned for CalNorth.
All team managers, coaches and trainers must be electronically fingerprinted and have cleared a DOJ background check. The appointment is quick, but the results can take from 24 hours - months, so new coaches to SFYS should take care of that first thing. (Note that one must be LiveScanned per organization -- so that means a clearance for another organization, like SFUSD for example, will not work for CalNorth.)
*Once the livescan is clear, you will receive a digital coaching pass.
Get Concussion Trained.
San Francisco Youth Soccer follows the policy of the CDC, the US Soccer Federation, and CalNorth. We insist that all coaches and parents be familiar with the signs, symptoms, and warnings of possible concussions. Take the course right here
This includes the stages of seeking emergency care or medical attention, and receiving a medical release from a doctor before returning to the field. Submit your certificate here
Get a Team Manager.
SF Youth Soccer depends upon the Team Managers for all communications and team follow-up. While coaches are certainly allowed to manage their own teams, it is always good to have a designated Manager as your team’s principal contact, largely because being a coach is emotionally consuming, and sharing the workload helps prevent coach burnout. In addition, teams that have a hired coach might want a parent familiar with the league, to improve communication among parents and in case of coach turnover.
Get to Know SFYS.
SF Youth Soccer runs both Fall and Spring Recreational and Competitive leagues (Rec and CCSL Prep). In addition, we support elite team play in alternate Comp leagues. There are different registration requirements, costs and pre-requisites for each. Learn more about SFYS by first reading our FAQs - especially appropriate for incoming 1st and 2nd grade teams. Familiarize yourself with the Rules and do the Online Orientation for the SFYS league you intend to play in.
Take advantage of supplemental Coaching Clinics and Professional Development (Positive Coaching Alliance and SFYS Clinics and Free Play) opportunities offered throughout the year. Check out our SFYS Coaches Education Program page for more. Meet other coaches, expand your training options. Events are always linked from the Coaches menu on our site and posted on our SFYS Registration & Events Calendar. Subscribe!
COACH LINKS & RESOURCES