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Referee Training

Want to be contacted regarding refereeing?
Email: [email protected]

 Why should you be a Referee?
Referees are as critical to soccer as players and coaches. A Referee's main job is to provide a Safe, Fair and Fun environment for kids to play soccer.  In AYSO, the game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees.
We want you to volunteer as a referee (we need the help) but we don't want to put you into situations where you are uncomfortable or where you cannot provide the level of game management that the players deserve.   

What are the advantages of being a Referee:

  • You look really cool to your kids, especially the young impressionable ones!
  • You have the best view of the game!
  • You get great exercise!
  • You get a chance to learn the “Laws of the Game”, and help everyone abide by the philosophies of AYSO
  • You do not have to be perfect. No soccer experience is necessary. We train and certify you.
  • Refs get a free uniform (including the knee-high black socks) & meals during training!
  • Refs get to self-select the games that work with their schedules... games are not forced on them!
  • For a step by step process on how to become a Referee:


    Youth, (12 and up), can also referee. Here are the advantages:

  • Becoming a referee makes you a better player armed with knowledge on the laws of the game
  • Youth referees can earn referee points as well to get to the postseason;
  • Hang out with other youth referees and earn incentives through our youth referee club; and
  • Earn volunteer credit for your school, scouts or other organization

  • Below are the general required referee certifications for each age level:

     Division Required Certification
     U8/U10 Regional
     U12 Regional or Intermediate
     U14 Intermediate or Advance
     U16/U19 Advanced or National


    Here’s the progression on Referee Certification badges to attain:

    • Regional (Basic)- Work with Young Kids - Get Some Experience
    • Intermediate (Details) - Work with Faster Kids - Get More Experience
    • Advanced (Nuances) - Chase the Big Kids - Have a Real Experience
    • National - you're in the BIG league here

    All AYSO Referees must complete the following:

    Please follow the directions to AYSOU Website to gain access to the following training classes:

    • Be a registered and an approved volunteer for the current program/season (including background check clearance).
    • Must have completed the AYSO Safe Haven course.
    • Successfully completed the AYSO/CDC Concussion Awareness course.
    • Completed the AYSO Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness course.
    • ALL Referees must complete the AYSO Live Scan (Fingerprinting) process.
    • Safe Sport certification must be current/valid.

    To start your training, please review the Training checklist and ASYOU Access below:
    Training Checklist
    AYSOU Access
     What are Referee Points? Links 
     Each team is asked to cover referee positions equal to what is required to cover their home games. Points are based on what is required as a region to get our games covered. Some games require the Referee to have a higher badge, and games at the upper levels take more time as well. We reward those that take the Center Referee position a higher amount of points per game, and we reward Referee’s that take games equal to their earned badge level.

    For review the Referee Point System for more details.

    Referee Match Signup
    Laws of the Game
    No-Dog Policy
    Matchtrak - System Training on YouTube



    This Online Course and Safe Haven Courses  are the prerequisites that are available at AYSO University online (AYSOU). You must complete this training before attending the Instructor Led Courses.

    Tip: After you complete each online course you are presented with the course certificate. Please download a pdf copy and keep for your records in the event the course completion was not recorded by the system. Without this proof of completion you may need to take the course again. In addition to saving a local copy of the pdf, you may want to send an email to yourself and attach the certificate so you can find it easily if needed. Use the Subject: AYSO Cert

    These classes are taken online, prior to attending the classroom/field session. 

    Regional Referee

    Length: appx 1.5 hrs

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    AYSO Region 889

    26895 Aliso Creek Road, #B196
    Aliso Viejo, California 92656

    Email Us: [email protected]
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