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Coach and Manager Requirements

Coaches and managers are expected to complete the following 4 requirements in the order below:


Step 1:‚Äč Complete the Concussion Certification

The SAY National Concussion Policy is required for ALL coaches and officials regardless of their age and/or status (i.e. Head coach, Assistant Coach, Head Referee, Assistant Referee, etc.). These procedures are designed to comply with recently passed legislation concerning concussion in youth sports. It will be necessary to complete a concussion training course every three (3) years.

The FIRST APPROVED OPTION is provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know, which can be found at This online course will require you to click on the "order here” button to begin the training. It will ask you to complete a brief registration form prior to beginning the course, which is solely for the purpose of registering you in their data base as having successfully completed the online material. After you have completed this course you will be given the option to print out a personalized certificate of completion (It is suggested that this certificate by printed out in pdf format, otherwise your name may not appear on this certificate).


Step 2: Complete the Safe Sport certification

* To take the certification for free, choose the organization U.S. Soccer and enter code (YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M). The courses (3) will take about 90 minutes. Once finished, you can download your certificate from the site's dashboard. Upload certificate of completion when you register in Affinity (step 3).


Step 3: Register in Affinity

  • Go to:

  • Click “registration” in the top right corner

  • select “2020-21 Principal Season” and choose coach/admin registration

  • Enter your login info if you have it. Click "Create New Account" if you have not created an Affinity account

  • If you're creating a new account - Fill out any requested info, click "Save and Continue" 

  • Click the green "Continue" button

  • In the grid with your name, click the "Register as Coach/Admin" button

  • Enter your team assignment code

  • Fill out your information

  • Check the boxes confirming that coaches will be background checked, as well as the Medical and Liability release

  • Concussion information for athletes and parents can be found in the confirmation page at the end.

  • You will NOT pay a registration fee. Just click the green "No Payment due, Continue" button


Step 4: Complete the SAY Background Check

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