This page offers helpful information and links specifically for soccer coaches. Please read through each section below for more details. Interested in becoming a soccer coach? Simply complete the contact form on this page to send us a message.

Anyone that is interested in becoming a new coach with Columbus Soccer Club must complete a coaching application (found below in the Download & Print section). If you have previous experience with coaching soccer we would like to hear from you.  Use the contact form found on this page to reach out about joining our team and we'll help you get started.

Many of our coaches started with the Columbus AYSO program and have children on their club teams (this is not required). Initial requirements are minimal. However, we do have some reasonable coach development requirements. If you have any questions, feel free to contact anyone on our board and we will forward the question to the appropriate board member.

Certain volunteer requirements must be met as before any coach is allowed to work with any soccer player. See the "Volunteer Requirements" section below for more details.

Columbus Soccer Club volunteers are required to complete the following risk management training before the season begins. This includes a background check, SafeSport, and concussion training, all completed in Player's Health. Returning coaches and other volunteers (i.e. Team Managers) will use their existing Player's Health login to complete all risk management requirements. These items will sync and update automatically with the state office. All new coaches and other volunteers will receive an invitation to Player's Health after you complete your coach or volunteer registration in Sports Connect. 

NSSA Background Check
Background checks are good for up to two years. Directions, FAQ’s and the NSSA risk management policy can all be found on the NSSA background check website. These are updated and processed using Player's Health.

SafeSport TrainingClick here for details
The SafeSport training is required once per soccer season and is also handled through your Player's Health account. If you are a returning coach who has previously completed the SafeSport Training you will complete the refresher training. Once completed, the information will sync automatically with the Nebraska State Soccer Association.

Heads Up Concussion Training
This training is completed in Player's Health and will assist you to understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury, as well as help to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to respond. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury and should be taken seriously. The following links provide helpful reminders for coaches:

Coaches Fact Sheet
Brain Injury Resources

After all of your requirements are complete, we will approve your team for play. You will be issued a state certified roster and player passes/digital passes. Both the roster and passes are required at check-in at all games.

Returning coaches and volunteers who need to complete their risk management should visit:

New coaches will receive an automated e-mail invitation to Player's Health once your volunteer registration is complete. If you do not receive this within a couple of days of registration, please contact the Nebraska State Soccer Association for assistance. Don't forget to check your junk mail folder first.

Please complete the Team Registration form (found in the Download & Print section above) and submit this to our Club Registrar. This is only for Columbus Soccer Club teams and is not related to any of our tournaments.

Coaches should refer their player’s parents to the parent resources above where they can register their child with the Columbus Soccer Club. This player registration process is very important and must be completed in order to get your player passes.

All new teams must be approved at the monthly Club Board meeting. Please contact the Club President if you are interested in forming a new team. New coaches must also complete a Columbus Soccer Club Coaching Application (found above in the Download & Print section) prior to this meeting.

Once parents have registered their child as a member of Columbus Soccer Club, and they have been approved and assigned by the Club Registrar, coaches should then have access to view and manage their teams through the Nebraska State Soccer Association's Affinity page:

United State Youth Soccer released their Player Development Model in 2012.  This model is useful in guiding coaches and others by providing insights and a curriculum for youth players.  You can download the model in the "Download & Print" section below.