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Becoming a Referee

Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can't have games without referees.

Referees are critical to soccer - the game can't be played without them. The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game.  His/Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.

The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves.
We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.

No experience necessary, AYSO will train you!

What do I need to be an AYSO Referee?

1.   Volunteer Form - all referees (youth or adult) must complete and electronically sign.  Volunteer forms are completed every fiscal soccer year (beginning fall season). Youth referees are required to carry a copy with their gear.

2.   Safe Haven Training – a one-time training that needs to be completed prior to first game. AYSO ID# is required for this training which is obtained from the volunteer form in step 1. It is recommended to complete safe haven before taking first referee course.

3.   CDC Concussion Training is recommended but not required.  AYSO ID# is required for this training. 

4.   Training:

Divisions 6U:
The coaches referee the matches at this level, unless a referee is available. Players to learn the game and develop in a semi-competitive atmosphere. Although not required, coaches are welcome to attend the Basic Referee Courses to further develop their understanding of the Laws of the Game.

Referees for 8U, 10U and 12U:
- You must be at least 12 years old.
- Take or have taken the Basic Referee Course–signup at eAYSO

Referees for 14U and 16U:
- You must be at least 14 years old, have already completed the Basic Referee course, and have met experience requirements.
- Complete or have completed the Intermediate Referee course–signup at eAYSO

Referee Training, Provided Free of Charge
All of our 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and U16 games need to have referees.  All referees must take the AYSO training. Please be aware that you will start off as side line refs and will not need to take the center position until you feel that you are ready.

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