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Become A Volunteer Referee

How to Become a Volunteer AYSO Referee

  1. Complete a Volunteer Referee Application* on this website, (It doesn't matter which division you select; you only need to submit one Referee application even if you plan to referee in multiple age-divisions.) This must be done once per season.
  2. Complete an online background check -- which is the final step when submitting the referee application. (After submitting your volunteer application, look for an email from [email protected] You must follow this link to initiate the background check.) This must be done once per year.
  3. NEW: Complete a LIVESCAN fingerprinting. This is a one-time process for the life of your AYSO account. Reach out to the Referee Administrator to obtain a prepaid code to cover the cost of your fingerprinting.
  4. Complete required online volunteer safety courses through AYSO-U. (Once you submit the referee application, your volunteer page will display a link that takes you to the "AYSOU" online training portal.)

    The four online volunteer safety courses are: Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness, SafeSport, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  5. Attend a Regional Referee Course (either full-in person, or "hybrid" course which is partial-online and partial0in-person) You can take a course through Region 114, or ANY AYSO Region. To find courses, go to your volunteer profile and follow the "AYSOU" link.

The above AYSOU online safety courses should be completed prior to class but must be completed before you can be activated to referee games.


How to Find Referee Training Courses

You can find referee certification courses to take throughout the year taught at ANY AYSO REGION. All training events are listed in the AYSO-U training portal. (See above Step-By-Step guide.) To access the portal, log into your account and go to your Volunteer page. If you have submitted a volunteer referee application there will be a link that takes you to "AYSOU."

Region 114, being one of the biggest, and definitely the best, around schedules classes throughout the year as well. These are attended by our Region 114 referees as well as aspiring referees from other regions. (Because our instructors are known far and wide to be AWESOME.) As we schedule classes in Region 114, we'll add them to our Region's calendar, and also send out reminder emails to anybody who is registered as a referee.

Questions About Referee Volunteers or Training Courses?

For questions about training courses, please contact Regional Referee Instructor Jason Rollo at [email protected].

For general questions about volunteer referres, contact our Regional Referee Administrator, Brian Cleven at [email protected].

Excuses Not To Referee

I'm thinking of refereeing but...

I have no time

Referees get to pick their own games. Choose as few or as many as you'd like. Plus, refereeing is a much smaller commitment than coaching and you still make just as big an impact on the kids.

I'm not comfortable refereeing on the field

Most referees start out as Assistant Referees (ARs). The ARs are the sideline referees who raise flags when the ball goes in and out. If you're not comfortable being the center referee (the main referee in charge of the game), the AR is a great way to ease into the refereeing world.

I have little to no experience with soccer

Great. Your mind is an empty cup. We teach you the laws of soccer, and train you for free.

Why does AYSO need volunteer referees?

AYSO is 100 percent volunteer organization; we all do it for the kids. Each season we need as many referees as coaches if not more; refereeing is easier and less of a time commitment. AYSO is about playing Fun, Fair and Safe. Our referee training is what makes it possible. If there is no official to referee a game the kids don't get to play.

I don't have a uniform.

Region 114 supplies, for free, a complete referee "kit" (shirt, shorts, awesome over-the-calf socks!) to all referees who complete their in-class training and online safety courses. Plus, we throw in all the accessories you need: a referee booklet, flags, and Laws of the game book.

I don't have a whistle.

That's a pretty weak excuse. But yeah, we give you one of those too.

I never played soccer. I'm not familiar with its laws.

We train you. We give you the Laws book. You can also request a mentor to stand on the sideline and answer your questions, one on one, while you referee.

Fine. I am out of excuses. I will referee!

It really is the best view on the field. And most importantly: IT'S FUN AND REWARDING TO WORK WITH KIDS!

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