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Coach Training and Background Checks

Coach Training and Background Checks Overview

All coaches will need the to complete the following four (4) Steps:

Step 1) Coaches to complete the Grassroots Introduction course online ( - Create Account - select Introduction)
Step 2)  U5, U6 and U8 In-house coaches will receive initial coaching by MASA. In-house & Travel coaches U10+ to complete the PAWest In-Person and Online training.
Step 3) Coaches and team managers to complete the Safesport Online training.  
Step 4) Coaches to compete the background checks and upload to PAWest Website.

All certificates to be posted to PAWest Affinity system. Weblink below:

Note: MASA will reimburse coaches for PAWest Courses (You pay and submit receipt to Treasurer). 

Coach Training and Background Checks Details

1) US Soccer Online Courses

MASA and PAWest require that the US Soccer "Free Introductory Course" is taken. The course takes approximately 20 minutes to complete .

Go to
Create an account and complete the "Introduction" course. 

2) Scheduled In-Person Courses

MASA will provide an annual training session for U5, U6, & U8 in-house coaches to learn 4v4 coaching. This course is designed to get your coach training started. PAWest offers 4v4 online and In-person training for additional instruction and certification.  

PA West In-person courses for training cost $60 per person. The 4v4/7v7/9v9/11v11 courses are approximately four (4) hours long. Below is a link to PAWest coaching schedule. Higher level courses such as the D level Certification License supersede USC 4v4/7v7/9v9/11v11. In addition,  11v11 supercedes 9v9 which supercedes 7v7.

PAWest Coaching Courses 

Team Age Groups

Grassroots Licenses

Other Certifications

10-U Players (In-house & Travel)

7v7 Online & 7v7 In-person

USC 7v7 Diploma

11-U & 12-U Players (In-house & Travel)

9v9 Online & 9v9 In-person

USC 9v9 Diploma

13 & Older Players (In-house Travel)

11v11 Online & 11 v 11 In-person

USC 11v11 Diploma


MASA Travel Head Coaches must attend PAWest Courses.

3) SafeSport Online Training

Please email your coordinator for link and password to access the 1.5 mandatory course (courses need to be completed by August 1st 2019 for Fall 2019 Season).

Contact your Age Group Coordinator OR Risk Management Coordinator for the password!

4) Background Checks - (Risk Management Registration) - The PA Child Protective Services Law requires all coaches and volunteers involved with youth organizations complete the following steps: 

Step 1: Complete This P.A.T.C.H. Form

 State Police Criminal Record Check 
PA State Police Criminal Record Check (P.A.T.C.H.)

Step 2: Complete the PA Child Abuse Clearance Form
PA Child Abuse History Clearance
PA Child Abuse Clearance Form

Step 3: FBI/Affidavit

If you have NOT resided in PA continuously for the last 10 years, complete the FBI Criminal History Report
Use code 'Volunteer' if required.
You might need the following Service code to get finger prints: 1KG6ZJ. 
If you have resided in PA continuously for the previous 10 years, this form needs to be completed and NOTARIZEDVolunteer Qualification Affidavit

Step 4: Register your information with PA West's Risk Management Group

Login/Register here: PA West Risk Management Registration

  • Click "Continue" button
  • Click "Register as Coach/Admin" next to your name
  • Select "Background Check" from the drop down
  • In the "Personal Information" section, click "Click here to show photo or certification upload"
  • Click the 3 boxes ("upload CY113","upload FBI BC","upload Residency Aff") and upload the corresponding documents from above by clicking the "Browse" button, selecting the file on your computer, then clicking the blue "Upload File" button
  • Once all three are uploaded, scroll to bottom of the popup box and click "Save"
  • You'll return to the "Register for (this season)" page. Click "Continue"
  • On the "Accept ELA" page, click "agree and continue"
  • On the "Make Payment" page, click "No Payment Due, Continue" button
You must complete a background check for MASA even if you hold clearances from other sports or school activities.  MASA will cover applicable incurred costs. 






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