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Become a Referee

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

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 match. They are the independent arbiter and manager of the game. A Referees authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

The referee's number 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. They interfere with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

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.

Contact us if you are ready to become a referee.

Referee Requirements

ALL AYSO referees and assistant referees must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be a registered and approved volunteer for the current program/season (including background check clearance).
  • Completed the AYSO Safe Haven course.
  • Successfully completed the Concussion Awareness course.
  • Completed the AYSO Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness course.
  • Safe Sport certification must be current/valid.
  • Be trained per the AYSO National Referee Program Guidelines for the age/skill level of the match they wish to referee.
  • ALL Referees must complete the AYSO Live Scan (Fingerprinting) process.
Below are the general required referee certifications for each age level:

Division Required Certification
10U Regional
12U Regional or Intermediate
14U Intermediate or Advanced
16U/19U Advanced or National

** Some certifications may be completed online **

Referee Contacts

Position Contact Email
Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) [email protected]
Assistant Referee Administrator  
Referee Instruction  
Referee Assessment  
Referee Recruitment 
Referee Mentor Coordinator  
Youth Referee Coordinator  
Referee Uniform/Gear

Badge Levels

National Partners


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Phone : 949-229-3004
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