Coaches Corner

UpdatedMonday March 21, 2022 byABE Soccer Association.

Coaches Corner

ABE Soccer Association is fueled by volunteers, these volunteers include coaches and assistant coaches. We encourage coaches of all experience levels to register to coach a season. To register as a coach, you can register using the SI Play website.

Coaches are the main example for players at ABE. Therefore, we ask coaches to act with sportsmanship and respect for players, referees, and parents. Coaches should provide a positive, constructive, and fun environment for players to develop and grow.


For safety purposes, all coaches and volunteers involved with youth sports are required to complete a State Police Criminal Record Check, a PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and complete and sign the ABE InHouse Affidavit.  For those individuals who have not resided in PA for 10 continuous years, they must also complete an FBI Criminal Background Check.  Once you have acquired these clearances, email a copy of them to the ABE President to be filed securely before we can allow you to volunteer with our organization. To help with this process, please check out the links for each clearance below.

If you haven't lived in Pennsylvania for 10 years or more, you need to complete an FBI Criminal Background Check by following the link below:

PAWest and SafeSport

All Coaches and volunteers that participate are required to have not only the PA State Required Clearances, but are also required to be cleared through SafeSport, a child-safety sports training program. SafeSport's training modules discuss youth athlete training, issues of misconduct in sports, and helps ensure children have a positive and safe sport experience. This is mandated by PAWest, a Youth Division of US Soccer. SafeSport is free for ABE Volunteer Coaches and is highly encouraged for our In-House Coaches as well. If you are a volunteer coach, you can sign-up for SafeSport Here. An access code is required for the free training module and certificate you will receive. Please contact our Travel Director via email  or our In-House Coordinator via email for access.

Sports SignUp Play App

Sports SignUp Play has an app to help you contact your players and parents effortlessly.  Once you are assigned a team, you will have the ability to communicate with your team through the Sports SignUp Play website or Sports SignUp Play app using your account login info.  The app can be downloaded to your phone, so you can easily email, text, or message your players and their families from your mobile device.  The app makes updating your players and parents about practices and games easy.  To learn more about the Sports SignUp Play app and download it, click here.

Coaching Resources

We know that all coaches are at different experience levels.  We don't want your experience level to deter you from coaching the game.  Therefore, we have listed coaching resources below for reference for practices and games.

US Youth Soccer Resources

PAWEST Soccer Resources


For more information about the policies of the volunteers of the ABE Soccer Association, please visit




Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States.pdf
Volunteer Affidavit.pdf