Recreational  Coaches

Portage Youth Soccer Association relies on Volunteers for their soccer programs.  Parents with soccer experience or even a willingness to learn and teach soccer to our youth is an important trait we are looking for.

Traveling Teams often need the Main Coach, Assistant Coach and/or a Manager.  With bigger rosters, it is important to have a couple of coaches.

PYSA will cover the cost of registration for 1 child for a volunteer coach or manager.

If interested in being a coach, please contact

U6-U8 (Mini’s) Coaches

Our Under 8 program often will need parent coaches to help organize the teams and games.  This is a great opportunity to get in at the ground level and help coach a team.  The majority of our U14 coaches started at the Mini level.

If interested in being a U6-U8 coach, please contact


PYSA is a member of MAYSA and Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, and there is a mandatory Risk Management process, as required by Wisconsin law.

Risk Management page

Applicants will still need to register as a volunteer as the first step. After the volunteer registration is complete, the applicant can continue to the risk management application from their confirmation page. In addition, applicants will also receive an email to complete the risk management application. Proceed using one of those options.

Apply now for Risk Management

The cost for the background check is $15 and the check is valid for approximately two years.


PYSA coaches and team managers are required to complete SafeSport Training, per Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association policy. PYSA will reimburse coaches and team managers for the registration.  Individuals must provide a copy of their completion certificate. Please contact the PYSA registrar for more information.


All PYSA volunteer coaches are encouraged to watch the U.S. Soccer Introduction to Grassroots Coaching video, a free 20-minute message about coaching young players.

Each of the Grassroots courses takes approximately 2 hours and costs $25. PYSA will reimburse each coach for their registration.  Please submit a copy of your payment receipt and proof of completion to


Advantage Rule: A rule that allows play to continue after a foul if stopping play would benefit the team that committed the foul

Assist: A pass that leads to a goal

Bicycle Kick: When a player kicks the ball backward over their head before falling onto their back

Charging: Bumping into another player’s shoulder to throw them off balance

Clean Sheet: A shutout, when a team holds their opponent scoreless

Corner Kick: A kick awarded to the attacking team when the defending team sends the ball out of bounds at their end of the field

Cross: A pass that sends the ball across the field

Direct Free Kick: A free kick from which the kicking player can score a goal

Dribbling: Moving the ball forward using small kicks with both feet

Drop Ball: When the referee puts the ball into play by dropping it onto the ground between the two teams. A drop ball is used to restart play after the game is stopped because of something other than a penalty.

Extra Time: Overtime, an extra period of play to decide the winner of a tied game

Foul: A violation of the rules

Goalkeeper: The person who defends the goal to keep their opponents from scoring. The goalkeeper is the only player who can play the ball with their hands.

Hat Trick: When a player scores three goals in one game

Header: Hitting the ball with the player’s head

High Kick: A foul that happens when a player swings their foot above the waist of another player

Holding: A foul that happens when a player uses their hands or arms to obstruct another player’s movement

Indirect Free Kick: A free kick from which a goal can’t be scored unless another player on the kicker’s team touches the ball

Injury Time: Extra time added to the game to make up for time lost when players are injured or substituted

Kickoff: When one player kicks the ball to start each half of the game and to restart play after a goal

Nutmeg: A dribble or pass through an opponent’s legs

Offside: A rule limiting the ability of attacking players to receive the ball near the opponent’s goal, so that players don’t just stand near the goal waiting for a pass

Penalty Area: A rectangular area in front of the goal line, inside of which goalkeepers can use their hands

Penalty Kick: A kick awarded to the attacking team after a defender commits a major foul

Red Card: A penalty call that removes a player from the game and forces their team to play shorthanded for the rest of the game

Referee: The official who enforces the rules during a soccer game

Slide Tackle: An attempt to take the ball from another player by sliding feet first into the ball

Substitution: The act of replacing a player with a different player during a game

Tackle: A move that takes the ball away from another player

Throw-In: How the ball is returned to play after it goes out of bounds on the side of the field

Yellow Card: A warning given to a player for dangerous or unsporting conduct

Volley: Hitting the ball while it’s in the air

Wall: A formation of defensive players aiming to block a free kick