Coach FAQs

Is there a coaches manual?
Yes, please contact the Recreation Commissioner to request a manual or DVD. You can read the Dynamo Handbook for more information.

What do I need to do to become a coach?
The travel league coaches will need to register (separately from your child); and, we require completion of the USSF Grassroots Coaching Introduction and one of the online modules (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).

Note: Dynamo will cover the cost of your license registration upon completion and successful tour of duty. Please email travel@pghdynamo.org if you are interested.

The Recreational league coaches only need to register separately from your child; We require completion of the USSF Grassroots Coaching Introduction and the 4v4 coaching module (coming March 2018). Recreation coaches are also required to read and agree to the Coach Code of Conduct Agreement.

Coaches in either league need to have current Act 33 and 34 clearances.

Where do I get more training?
Please check the coach training page for more detailed information on coaching for each league, and for resources. Check the PA West coaching course schedule for a list of upcoming courses.

What is offsides?

Offsides does not exist in the game of soccer, it's an American football term.

When kids reach the U10 level, they should be aware of the following:

  • A player is in an offside position if he or she is nearer to his opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent (i.e. goalie being the last opponent)
  • A player is not in an offside position if he or she is in his or her own half of the field of play, or is level with the second to last opponent, or has control of the ball
  • There is no offside if a player receives the ball directly from a goal kick, or a throw-in, or a cornerkick
  • For any offside offence, the referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.