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Becoming a Coach

We are always looking for a few good coaches!

If you are interested in helping to coach either an in-house or travel team please contact us at [email protected] and let us know!  Coaches that successfully complete a full session will earn their $50 volunteer services fee back at the end of the session.  To be a coach you will need to obtain the necessary clearances outlined below as per the PA West requirements.  

SafeSport Certification

Effective Fall 2019 all coaches and team managers must complete SafeSport Training and provide proof of completion to the PTSC and PA West


SafeSport training must be completed prior to interacting with athletes. The content of this SafeSport training was developed and is maintained by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which retains individual course completion records. Note: SafeSport training is free for all U.S. Soccer member organizations, however to get the required access code please email us at [email protected].  Upon completion of this training you will need to upload a copy of your certificate to the PA West portal as you do with all other certifications.  To access the SafeSport online training click here.

Please note, once the training is completed please upload completed copies to the PTSC certification repository here

Coaching Licences

All coaches (travel and recreational) along with team managers are required to take the U.S. Soccer  "Introduction to Grassroots Coaching" course which is available on the U.S. Soccer Learning Center here.

In addition to the grassroots coaching course, the following courses are available online.  Each course is $25 to take and the PTSC will refund you the cost upon successful completion.

4v4 Training 
7v7 Training
U6 Recreational Head Coaches (Required)
U6 Recreational Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
U8 Recreational Head Coaches (Required)
U8 Recreational Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
        U9 Travel Head Coaches (Required)
U9 Travel Asst. Coaches (Required)
U10 Travel Head Coaches (Required)
U10 Travel Asst. Coaches (Required)
U10 Recreational Head Coaches (Required)
U10 Recreational Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
U12 Recreational Head Coaches (Required)
U12 Recreational Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
U14 Recreational Head Coaches (Required)
U14 Recreational Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
 9v9 Training  11v11 Training
U11 Travel Head Coaches (Required)
U11 Travel Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
U12 Travel Head Coaches (Required)
U12 Travel Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
 U13 Travel Head Coaches (Required)
U13 Travel Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
U14 Travel Head Coaches (Required)
U14 Travel Asst. Coaches (Recommended)
U15 Travel Head Coaches (Required)
U15 Travel Asst. Coaches (Recommended)

Please note, once training is completed please upload completed copies to the PTSC certification repository here as well as loading to the PA West Website as outlined below.

Obtaining and Submitting Clearances

The Penn-Trafford Soccer club requires all coaches (age 18 and above) to secure the necessary clearances as required by PA West, our sanctioning board.  Please follow the steps below and contact us at [email protected] with any issues you may have.

Act 34 – Criminal Record Check (must be renewed every 5 years)

You can obtain this online by going to and clicking on the “New Record Check” link for volunteers only.  There is no charge for this if you are a volunteer.  Questions can be directed to 1-888-783-7972. 

Act 151 – Child Abuse History Clearance Form (must be renewed every 5 years)

You can obtain this online by going to and clicking to “Create Individual Account” if you do not have an existing account.  There is no charge for this if you are a volunteer.  Questions can be directed to 1-877-343-0494.

FBI Fingerprint Clearance (if you have not lived in PA for the past 10 years, must be renewed every 5 years)

The fingerprint -based background check is a multiple-step process.
Applicants must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Registration is completed on-line. Registration is available 24 hours/day, seven days per week at

Registration/fingerprint process: enter code 1KG6ZJ, select shedule or manage appointment, enter required information, select a security question (note for future reference), please choose the document you will use for ID at processing center, selection a location and schedule an appointment (specific or walk-in), submit registration and print confirmation. Please note that payment is processed with your prints are taken. 

VOLUNTEER AFFIDAVIT (if you have lived in PA for 10+ years)

If you have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years you can submit the
ACT 153 VOLUNTEER AFFIDAVIT in lieu of fingerprinting.  You can download this affidavit here.  This form needs to be notarized.  


Once you have all your documentation completed you must upload the information to the PA West website.  Follow these instructions to upload your documents:
1)	Navigate to the PA West website ( and select “Coaching” then “Risk Management”
2)	Click the link next to “To Access PA West Soccer's Online Risk Management Portal” as this will direct you to the Affinity website
3)	Click the link at the top of the page that says “To begin REGISTRATION please click here”
4)	Next, select the appropriate season and make sure the check box next to “PA West Background Check Registration” is selected
5)	If you have an account already enter your username and password, if you do not have an account click on the “Create New Account” button
6)	Once logged in, on the account primary contact page click the green “Continue” button
7)	On the “Register Only Members Who Participate This Season” page click on the green “register as coach/admin” button
8)	From the next screen select “Background Check” for the Play Level and ensure your personal information is correct
9)	Next, click on the “click here to show photo or certification upload” link to begin the upload process
10)	Click on each icon then navigate to where you certifications are stored on your computer and upload them one by one until all are uploaded
at which time you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Save and Next Page” button
11)	Next you will need to accept the ELA by checking each box then clicking the green “Accept & Continue” button
12)	On the Make Payment page it should tell you that no payment is needed so you can click on the green “No Payment due, Continue” button
13)	On the final screen you can click “Print Receipts & Forms” so you have a record of registration