Coaching Requirements

Thank you for volunteering to coach this year.  Please review this page carefully for updated information about 2019-2020 NGS coaching requirements.  Please complete all requirements as soon as possibleWe will not be able to issue travel coaches a 2019-2020 MYSA/BAYS credential until they have met all requirements.

Check out the Coach Requirements Chart (updated link coming soon!) for a quick overview.  Click on links below for additional important details.

Pre-season Coach Meetings

Mandatory for ALL Coaches  

Juniors, City & Travel Coaches


Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Workshop

Mandatory for ALL Grade K – 4 Coaches and any NEW Grade 5 – 8 Coaches


Learn More About PCA

Coaching Licenses

Newton Girls Soccer is committed to providing opportunities for continued education and development for all our coaches through coaching clinics and courses. US Soccer Coaching Courses are available both in person and online click here.

As a minimum, ALL Head Coaches must take the following online course as a prerequisite to coaching and obtaining more advanced licenses.

Age Appropriate Playing Format Courses are mandatory for ALL Head Coaches (grade 2 and older) and optional for assistant coaches.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO PREVIOUSLY LICENSED COACHES: The U.S. Soccer Coaching License Pathway has been revised.  The U.S. Soccer G, F and E Coaching courses are no longer offered as a part of the U.S. Soccer Coaching License Pathway.  Although those licenses are relevant as a means to advance along the pathway, coaches who currently hold the U.S. Soccer G, F, or E License are still required to take the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module and one additional grassroots course.

NGS will reimburse the cost of license registration fees for all coaches.  For reimbursement, email your receipt to the Club Treasurer Nina Levin,  Reimbursement requests must include a name and mailing address.

Please note we will be keeping track of licenses.  Email your age group coordinator and with email confirmation or certificate of completion once you finish a course.

MA Youth Soccer (MYSA) Adult Registration and Risk Management

Mandatory for ALL volunteers, coaches, managers, staff, board members, referees, etc.

Fall Deadline: AUGUST 31, 2019

Spring Deadline: MARCH 22, 2019

Every adult who volunteers or works with NGS in ANY capacity (referees, board members, coaches, team managers, etc.) must complete several NEW and MANDATORY national requirements as part of US Soccer’s Safe Soccer Framework.

Please review this detailed letter from Mass Youth Soccer at your earliest opportunity:

The key elements are:

  • New Membership Management System for Adult Registrations
  • Expanded background checks, including State and National Sex Offender Searches, CORI, and SORI
  • SafeSport course for Abuse Prevention Education and Training
  • Concussion Training: CDC’s Heads Up Coaches Course

Everyone — regardless of their CORI status — must register in MA Youth Soccer’s new adult membership management system. No exceptions! Registering triggers the background checks and insurance, and grants access to the training programs. The two required courses will take approximately 2.5 hours total time to complete. Volunteers may not work until they have passed the background checks and met the training requirements.

MYSA Adult Credentials

Mandatory for ALL volunteers, coaches, managers, staff, board members, referees, etc.

All adults are required to have a current Mass Youth Soccer Adult Credential for the current soccer year.  The purpose of this photo ID is to help guardians feel comfortable that all adults volunteers have passed a background checked and have been trained to identify and prevent head injuries and child abuse.

Initially when arriving at the field the adult should have their credential worn around their neck.  Then, in order not to hamper their activities (coaching, lining fields, running, etc.) they may, if necessary, store the credential with their personal belongings during that activity.

In order to receive the MYSA Credential, a volunteer must have passed the background checks and completed the required training.

MYSA Credentials are distributed at the pre-season coach meeting.  If a volunteer is not attending a meeting or is not approved in time, we will make other arrangements.