Referees

Contacts New Referees Returning Referees Training Policies Other Resources What is Offside?

The Referee’s job is to be the official in charge of the match.  He/she is the independent arbiter and manager of the match.  got-the-ballA referee’s authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and assistant referees.

The first priority for the Referee 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 & Fun.  The referee is expected to interfere with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses.

Refereeing in AYSO is a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience. Here is an opportunity for you to join the kids on the pitch as they learn to love the “Beautiful Game”. You’ll have a great time and get some exercise too!

AYSO refereeing is available for youth and adult volunteers. Kids as young as 12 years old are permitted to officiate matches in the U10 division.  As the kids enter high school, they have opportunities to manage more challenging matches and even earn High School Community Service credits as AYSO referees. Refereeing in AYSO is a terrific way to help kids learn responsibility, build self-confidence, and possibly even begin to build a career. Just as there are professional soccer players who started out as kids in AYSO, there are also professional soccer referees who started out as kids in AYSO.

Region 7’s Referee Department offers mentoring for all referees with additional advocacy for youth and female referees.  If you have any questions about becoming a referee, please contact the Referee Administrator.

Each AYSO referee must meet the following core requirements

  • Register as a volunteer through eayso.org for the current membership year (August through July)
  • Complete Safe Haven training at aysotraining.org
  • Complete referee training for the age level he or she will be officiating

For additional information, check out the New Referees, Returning Referees, and Training sections below.

See you on the pitch!

 

Referee Department Contacts

Petra Wise Referee Administrator
Brian Jones Director of Referee Instruction
Michael Grosvenor Director of Referee Assessment
(Open) Director of Referee Mentoring
Pete Lindborg Coach Liason
Tom Wilkinson Youth Referee Advocate
Petra Wise Female Referee Advocate
Bruce Anderson Referee Registrar
John Molina Referee Scheduler: SPRING U10, U12, U14
Chad Gordon Referee Scheduler: U8
John Molina Referee Scheduler: U10, U12, U14
Brian Holt Referee Scheduler: U16, U19
Manny Hernandez Referee Scheduler: Extra Program
Dennis Kissick Referee Equipment Manager
Brian Holt refschedule.com Administrator
Bruce Anderson Referee Statistician, refadmin.com Administrator
Greg Power
Steve Resnick
Jerry Johnson
Mentors, Members at Large

 

New Referees

Becoming an AYSO referee is a four-step process. The first two steps are the same for all AYSO volunteers.

STEP 1 – Complete your volunteer application

  • Log in to eayso.org and select “Apply as new adult volunteer”, “Apply as continuing adult volunteer”, or “Update volunteer information”
  • Complete the volunteer application, indicating that you wish to volunteer as “Referee”
  • E-sign your volunteer application
  • E-mail the referee registrar so we can track processing of your application and notify you when it has been completed

STEP 2 – Complete Safe Haven certification

  • Log in to aysotraining.org
  • Click on “Courses” to see a list of online courses, and then click on the Safe Haven course
  • PRINT your certificate and bring it with you to referee training

To log in to aysotraining.org, you’ll need your eayso ID. If you can’t remember your ID, just log in to eayso.org and click “Update volunteer information”.

STEP 3 – Sign up for training

  • Log in to eayso.org
  • Click on “Course Signup” under “My eAYSO” (on the blue bar at the top of the screen)
  • Search for courses offered nearby (we are Section 1, Area D, Region 7, if you want to find a course available in our local region)
  • Select the course you wish to attend and click “Course signup”

New referees will want to find “Basic Referee Course” for full in-person classes, or “Basic Referee Online Companion Course” for the in-person portion that follows the Basic Referee Online Training

NOTE: We offer the Basic Referee Online Companion course and the Basic Referee Course in our region. If you plan on doing the online companion course, you will need to complete the online portion at aysotraining.org in addition to signing up for the course on eayso.org. See the training section, below, for more details.

STEP 4 – Create account at www.refschedule.com

  • Go to www.refschedule.com
  • Hover over “Account Settings”
  • Choose “New Account”
  • Fill in the required information (indicated by an asterisk)
    • Enter “Regional” for your badge
    • If you don’t know what team you will represent, enter “BU0 # Unassigned” for the team
  • Click Update

All competitive division (U10 and older divisions) referees are required to attend the mandatory referee meeting on Wed Sep 3, 2014. Referees earn 1 point for attending this meeting.

 

Returning Referees

The Basic Referee Online Training Course is a great way to refresh your knowledge before the season starts!

All AYSO volunteers must submit a new volunteer application each year:

  • Log in to eayso.org and select “Apply as continuing adult volunteer”
  • Complete the volunteer application, indicating that you wish to volunteer as “Referee”
  • E-sign your volunteer application
  • E-mail the referee registrar so we can track processing of your application and notify you when it has been completed

If you have not taken Safe Haven Certification since July 2011, you need to take it again as it has been updated with additional information:

  • Log in to aysotraining.com
  • Click on “Courses” to see a list of online courses, and then click on the Safe Haven course

All competitive division (U10 and older divisions) referees are required to attend the mandatory referee meeting on Wed Sep 3, 2014. Referees earn 1 point for attending this meeting.

 

Training

To be certified as a referee for the U10 division, and to earn points as a referee in the U8 division, you must be a certified AYSO Regional Referee.  The AYSO Regional Referee training course is available in two forms: online/companion, and in-person.

Region 7 offers the online/companion course in August and the in-person course in September.  The online/companion course has an online training component and a single 3-hour in-person component for Q&A, testing, and referee mechanics (signalling etc.) while the in-person course is taught in three 3-hour in-person segments.  If you take the in-person course, you must attend all three segments in their entirety. If you take the online/companion course, you must complete the online component at aysotraining.org and bring a printed certificate of course completion with you to the in-person class.

To be certified as a referee for U12 through U19 divisions, you must complete additional training and on-field evaluations.  Please contact the Referee Administrator for more information.

Here is the 2016 referee training schedule for Region 7. These classes may be offered in other cities as well. Please contact the Referee Administrator with any questions. To sign up for a course, go to eayso.org and search for the roster ID below:

Date Time Course Roster # Location
Please see the region calendar

 

Policies, Procedures, and Forms

DO NOT allow a match to start until the goals are anchored!  If you still have questions, watch this video.

Team Referee Policy 2016 Team Referee Policy 2016 FAQ Youth Referee Abuse Prevention Policy
Guidlines for U6 and U8 Divisions Extra Program Guidelines AYSO Severe Weather Policy
Sample game card – front Sample game card – back Sportsmanship Point Guidelines
AYSO Region 7 Game Card Procedures for Referees Except from AYSO National game card procedures 7+7 Cautionable and Sending-Off Offenses
AYSO Region 7 Divisional Playoff Rules – Fall 2015 Championship Match – ceremony  AYSO Referee Report (v20170413)

Referee Declaration Forms

The deadline for referee declarations has now passed.  New declarations are no longer being accepted.

To view all declarations, please click here

 

Number of players, ball size, game duration by halves, etc. by age division.

AGE BALL PLAYERS GK? DURATION SUBSTITUTIONS REFEREE REFEREE MIN QUALIFICATION
U6 3 5 v 5 min 3 No 15 Qtrs, Half, Injury Preferred U8 Official, age 12 or older
U8 3 7 v 7 min 5 Yes 20 Qtrs, Half, Injury Required U8 Official, age 12 or older
U10 4 7 v 7 min 5 Yes 25 Qtrs, Half, Injury Required Regional Referee, age 12 or older
U11, U12 4 9 v 9 min 6 Yes 30 Qtrs, Half, Injury Required Intermediate Referee*, age 14 or older
U13, U14 5 11 v 11 min 7 Yes 35 Qtrs, Half, Injury Required Advanced Referee*, age 16 or older
U15, U16 5 11 v 11 min 7 Yes 40 Free Required National Referee*, age 18 or older
U19 5 11 v 11 min 7 Yes 45 Free Required National Referee*, age 18 or older

* Exceptions may be granted by RRA

 

Other Resources

2016-17 LOTG 2016-17 LOTG:
Q&A
2016-17 LOTG:
Practical Guidelines for Match Officials
2016-17 LOTG:
Summary of Changes
eAYSO.org AYSO training.org AYSO Course Catalog AYSO Referee FAQ
 History of the LOTG USSF Memorandums To Whistle Or Not To Whistle You Are The Ref
NEW PARENTS Primer HANDBALL!!! OFFSIDE!!! ZOMBIES!!!

 

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