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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 improve coaching and foster a positive sport experience for participants at the youth level.

Initial certification (for new coaches)

If you are a coach who is new to AYF or AYC this year and need to certify for the first time, then you will take the introductory course for the sport you coach. All tournament team coaches should be aware that a course completion certificate is one of the items on the registration checklist required for the national championships.

Recertification (for returning coaches)

Returning AYF and AYC coaches are required to take the annual recertification course to continue their certification. Certification is valid for one year from the date of course completion. Completion of the introductory course for the sport coached is a prerequisite for taking the recertification course. If you have already taken the introductory course for the sport you coach, then do not purchase the introductory course again. Instead, take the recertification course for 2022, which is available now

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

About American Youth Football (AYF) and American Youth Cheer (AYC)

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 its Giving Back program, which has awarded more than $15 million in grants and athletic supplies over the years 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

About Human Kinetics Coach Education

Human Kinetics Coach Education is the leading provider of youth, high school, and elite-level sport education programs in the United States. Rooted in an athlete-centered philosophy that places the developmental needs of sport participants ahead of winning at all costs, Human Kinetics Coach Education has educated more than 2 million coaches, officials, sport administrators, parents, and athletes. For nearly 40 years, local, state, and national sport organizations have partnered with Human Kinetics Coach Education to lead the way in making sport a safe, successful, and enjoyable experience for all involved.

For more information on Human Kinetics Coach Education courses and resources, visit our Human Kinetics Coach Education Center website, email, or call 800-747-5698.