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Whether you're a volunteer coach (thank you!) or a paid professional, there are some orders of business to take care of. Most are one-time hurdles; a few are recurrent, all are necessary to be a Head or Asst. Coach in SF Youth Soccer leagues.


Required : Get your Coaching Credential. 
Follow the information on this page for clarification and registration.


Required EVERY Season : Register in StackSports / US Soccer Connect.
The registration 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. (Re)REGISTER RIGHT HERE - New coaches, create an account.


Required EVERY Season : Register in Affinity.
Each team has a primary contact (usually the Team Manager) 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 necessary for insurance and to appear on the required Game Day Photo Roster.


Required : 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 - 3 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 you have completed the LiveScan process, be sure to submit a copy of the completed LiveScan form to info@sfyouthsoccer.com or mail/drop off to our office: San Francisco Youth Soccer, 1434 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116​

* Coaches will not appear on, nor be able to access their rosters until their background clearance comes through. In order for clearance to connect, it is critical to register in US Soccer Connect BEFORE being livescanned and to use your legal name as displayed on a gov't issued document like a birth certificate, drivers license or passport.


Required : Get Concussion Trained.

San Francisco Youth Soccer follows the policy of the CDC, the US Soccer Federation, SAY Soccer and CalNorth. We insist that all coaches and team administrators complete the CDC Concussion Training Certificate (CA state requirement)


Required : Complete the US Soccer-mandated SafeSport Training
Link & Access Code for the 3-part online training module will be emailed to Team Primary Contact (US Soccer doesn’t permit organizations to publish the link or code publicly).
Upload your completion certificate to Affinity.


Recommended : 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 (SFYS Recreational and SF Competitive Upper House). In addition, we support elite team play in alternate Competitive Travel 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.


Get Involved.

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!



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