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About the American Youth Football and Cheer Coaches Education Program

American Youth Football and Cheer has partnered with leading coaching education provider Human Kinetics Coach Education to develop and deliver coaching education courses for youth football and cheer coaches. These courses are aimed at improving coaching and fostering a positive sport experience for participants at the youth level.


If you are a coach who is new to AYF or AYC this year and need to become certified for the first time, take the introductory Coaching Youth course for the sport you coach. Due to today’s safety concerns for our AYF youth, all AYF football and cheer coaches are strongly advised to complete the online course for the sport they coach. The course includes $2 million extra liability coverage—this is twice the amount offered by our competition! All tournament team coaches should be aware that a course completion certificate will be one of the items on the registration checklist for the AYF National Championships.


Coaching Youth Football: The AYF Way

Coaching Youth Cheerleading: The AYC Way


Coaches pass the course by achieving a score of 80% or better. Those who successfully complete the course can print a certificate of course completion from the website.



Certification is valid for one year from the date of course completion. Coaches need to recertify each year to continue the liability coverage. The new 2016 recertification course, "AYF/AYC Recertification Course, Fourth Edition: Safety and Health," is now available. If you have already taken the introductory course and are now looking to recertify to extend the insurance coverage, DO NOT purchase the introductory course over again. Instead, purchase and take the fourth edition recertification course.


For a list of frequently asked questions about the American Youth Football and Cheer Coaches Education Program, click here.


Founded in 1996, American Youth Football is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides support services, scholarships, grants, giving back programs and tournaments to over 700,000 participants, 90,000 coaches, and 40,000 administrators in 50 states and several countries worldwide. AYF/AYC is committed to Giving Back and since its inception in 1996, has donated over $15 million dollars in grants and athletic product to communities that support youth football. AYF/AYC was the first national organization to offer all-inclusive football divisions, enabling every child a place to play. For more information visit the Web site at www.americanyouthfootball.com. For video highlights, visit www.youtube.com/AYFtv.