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How to Become a Referee

"The task of the Referee is to assure the maximum enjoyment of everyone present at the game."
Ken Aston (1915 – 2001)

Referees, like coaches, administrators and everyone else who makes AYSO "go" are volunteers. Most are parents of players who begin when their children are playing in the youngest age groups and move "up" with them. Some (especially those with significant playing or prior referee experience) start directly with the older kids. Youths ages 12 and up may also become referees. All are welcome.

In order to become a certified AYSO referee you must attend (and pass) an AYSO approved course. If you are interested in refereeing at the U8 level, then you will need to take the U8 Official Course. For U10 or higher levels, you will need to start with the Basic Referee Course. If you are a youth (12 - 18 years of age) who wants to start refereeing you have the same options for courses as adults but we will provide additional on the field mentoring.

You must be certified by AYSO even if you have prior referee experience. If you have a current USSF badge (grade 8 or higher), you may cross certify.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the referee staff.

All new referees must go through the following four steps in order to referee matches in our region. (If you are a returning AYSO referee from our region or other region, or if you are a USSF trained referee please see our returning referees page).

Step 1: Register as a volunteer in the National AYSO database through eAYSO.

Print 2 copies of your completed eAYSO volunteer form, sign them and bring them along with a photo id to your next training session.

Step 2: Register for the referee training class(es) you plan to attend.

U8: You need to have the U8 Official training to referee these games.

U10-U12: You need to have Basic Referee training. There are two options for Basic Referee training, the online course on eAYSO with the in person companion class or attending all three sessions of the in Basic Referee course. Either path ends with a written exam.

Review the referee training calendar to select your course(s), then signup on eAYSO.org following these instructions. Note: you may take a training class in another AYSO region in our area as long as you obtain the correct certification for your age group.

Step 3: Complete the online Safe Haven class (20-30 minutes).

Not required for Youth referees under 18 yrs old.

Step 4: Attend your classes.

The instructor will send you an email reminder a few days before the class you registered to (using the email address you entered in your eAYSO profile). Attend the class you signed up for. A record of your attendance will be entered into the AYSO National database (eAYSO) and you will be issued a referee badge upon completing the class (and passing the test). You will also be issued a uniform if you are in region 1 and do not already have one.

U8 Official Course

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for parents or anyone else (10 years of age minimum) who wants to referee at the U8 level. We will give you the tools you need to referee a Safe, Fair, and Fun game.

The U8 division is a learning division, and this applies not only to the players, but also to parents, coaches, and referees. This is a great opportunity to learn in a low-key environment, enjoying the best seat in the house while exercising!

Each U8 team must provide their own referees (preferably 2 per team) and you will only be asked to officiate your child's games. Only certified and trained referees may officiate and therefore: no ref, no game. You may attend any one of the classes. Thank you for volunteering!

Course Description

You will learn how to prepare for your game, start the game, stop it if needed, and how to restart play. You will be refereeing 6 & 7 year olds and the tools that you will learn are appropriate for this age group and for short-sided games. This course will only certify you to referee at the U8 level.

Instructors

This class will be taught by the Michael Gormish, Regional Director of Referee Instruction, with assistance from other instructors in our region. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Schedule

See the referee calander for the schedule of upcoming classes.

Signing Up

It is not necessary to sign up ahead of time. However, if you could let us know if you will be attending that helps us with planning. If you have gone to www.eAYSO.org and signed up as a volunteer, you can register online for the class. Just enter the course roster number (from the schedule), click the search button, and then click the radio button next to the course name. Finally, click the course signup button.

Before the Class

Please fill out the volunteer form (if you have not already done so) required of all AYSO volunteers. You will be able to do that at class time, but if you could do it ahead of time online at www.eAYSO.org that would help us greatly. If you pre-register online, please print out two copies, sign them, and bring them with you to class. Please be sure and bring your driver’s license. If you fill out the form at class time, you will need the names and contact information of two references.

Course Agenda

  1. Understand what is expected of U8 players
  2. Successfully manage pre-game duties
  3. Know the parts of the field
  4. Know the number of players in each age group
  5. Recognize ball in and out of play and the method of scoring
  6. Understand how to start, when to stop, and how to restart play
  7. Have a cursory understanding of fouls, misconduct, and free kicks
  8. Manage post-game situations
  9. Comprehend the referee's facilitative role

Course Materials

The course material covered is presented in the following handouts that you will receive:

  • 2011/2012 FIFA Laws of the Game
  • U8 Referee Course handout from Region 1

Goodies

Upon completion of the course you will receive:

  • a stylish U8 referee T-Shirt. This will be your uniform and must be worn whenever you are refereeing.
  • a lanyard and a whistle.

Basic Referee Course

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for parents or anyone else (12 years of age minimum) who wants to start refereeing. No prior experience is necessary even if you have no knowledge of the game of soccer. We will give you the tools you need to referee a Safe, Fair, and Fun game.

The U10 division that you will start refereeing in is a learning division, and this applies not only to the players, but also to parents, coaches, and referees. This is a great opportunity to learn in a low-key environment, enjoying the best seat in the house while exercising!

Referees, like everyone else that makes AYSO work, are volunteers. You may officiate you child's games but we encourage you to referee other games as well. Only certified and trained referees may officiate and therefore: no ref, no game. You may attend any one of the classes. Thank you for volunteering!

Description

The Regional Referee Course is a 7 hour (plus exam time) in-depth AYSO sanctioned class covering the full laws of soccer. It is designed to provide you with the information and tools so that you can start refereeing with confidence. This does not include time for the Safe Haven certification which can be done online, or maybe offered at the end of one of the classes. The course does cover the full FIFA Laws Of The Game. The emphasis of the course is on grounding you in the basics with the expectations that as you gain experience and start refereeing at higher levels you will also pursue more advanced classes. In order to successfully complete this course you must attend all of the class sessions and pass a final exam.

In addition to the in-class time, we will also provide mentors at all U10 games for at least the first 4 weeks of the season. This will give you additional practical real-time on-the-field training and support.

Instructors

This class will be led by Michael Gormish, Regional Director of Referee Instruction, with help from other instructors in the region. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Schedule

See the referee calander for the schedule of upcoming classes.

Signing Up

It is not necessary to sign up ahead of time. However, if you could let us know if you will be attending that helps us with planning. If you have gone to www.eAYSO.org and signed up as a volunteer, you can register online for the class. Just enter the course roster number (see the calendar), click the search button, and then click the radio button next to the course name. Finally, click the course signup button.

Before the Class

Please fill out the volunteer form (if you have not already done so) required of all AYSO volunteers. You will be able to do that at class time, but if you could do it ahead of time online at www.eAYSO.org that would help us greatly. If you pre-register online, please print out two copies, sign them, and bring them with you to class. Please be sure and bring your driver’s license. If you fill out the form at class time, you will need the names and contact information of two references.

Course Agenda

  1. Introduction and overview
  2. The game of soccer
  3. Understanding younger players
  4. Pre-game and post-game duties
  5. Starting the game
  6. Stopping the game
  7. Fouls and misconduct - Basic
  8. Restarting the game
  9. Offside - Basic
  10. Referee and assistant referee mechanics
  11. Fundamental coaching concepts
  12. Review and final exam

Course Materials

The course material covered is presented in the following handouts that you will receive:

  • FIFA Laws Of The Game
  • Regional Referee Course handout - Region 1

Goodies (Region 1 referees only)

Upon completion of the course you will receive:

  • a referee uniform consisting of a jersey, shorts, and socks (you must wear an approved uniform whenever you are refereeing)
  • a set of flags
  • a set of yellow and red cards and game info holder
  • a lanyard and a whistle
  • an AYSO Regional Referee Badge

Flexible Scheduling

  • We ask that you officiate 10 games in a season (more are gladly accepted!)
  • We do not schedule you above your abilities or wishes
  • You do not have to work a game every weekend
  • Contact the scheduler for your division to sign up for games.
Last modified: Sun Aug 25 14:06:17 PDT 2013

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