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Referee Training and Certification

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If you are interested in becoming an AYSO referee volunteer, you need to take the following steps:

  • Register as a volunteer in Region 1103
  • Undergo an annual Sterling Volunteers Background Check (age 18 and older)
  • Complete SafeSport Certification Training (age 18 and older) annually through the U.S. Center for SafeSport
  • Complete online AYSOU Safe Haven Certification
  • Complete online AYSOU Center for Disease Control (CDC) Concussion Training
  • Attend an entry-level AYSO referee course

Descriptions for the three basic AYSO entry-level referee courses are provided below:

8U Official Course
This short course will train volunteers to comfortably and confidently facilitate an AYSO small-sided 8U game in accordance with the simplified rules of competition they follow. Minimum age is 10.

Assistant Referee Course
This course expands upon the 8U Official Course to train volunteers in the basics of being an Assistant Referee (AR) for AYSO matches played in accordance with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) Laws of the Game and the AYSO National Rules & Regulations. Minimum age is 12.

Regional Referee Course
This course trains volunteers in the basics of being a referee for AYSO matches played in accordance with the IFAB Laws of the Game and the AYSO National Rules & Regulations. Minimum age is 12.

The list of currently scheduled courses can be found under "Training Event" in AYSOU. Find the course on the calendar that you would like to attend, click on it to open the event description, and then "Enroll".

All referee training certifications will stay with you for life. Once you are certified to referee at a certain level, you will not need to re-certify unless specifically requested to do so by the Regional Referee Administrator (RRA). You MUST, however, re-apply as a volunteer annually each spring in order to continue as a volunteer with the region.

If you have any questions regarding referee training or the certification requirements, contact the RRA at [email protected].

You can download the 2022-23 IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG) as a PDF file from the International Football Association Board. The 230 page reference contains the 17 laws, a summary of changes in effect for 2022-23, Offside diagrams, and practical guidelines on communications and positioning for referees and assistant referees. You can also download the IFAB mobile app to your smartphone.

Why Become an AYSO Referee?


Why should you become an AYSO Referee? Simply stated, WE NEED YOU! Teams cannot play games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun too.

The referee acts as a timekeeper, keeps a record of the game, indicates and supervises the restart of play, stops play for an offense or injury; and, depending on the level of the match, controls the game in cooperation with assistant referees. The referee's authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, coaches, spectators, and the assistant referees.

Referees are 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, coaches, spectators, and themselves. Of principal concern to the referee is the safety of the players. While there are elements of risk in all sports, the soccer referee is responsible for minimizing risks associated with field conditions, equipment, spectators, and other players.

We want our region's kids to enjoy playing and to keep playing every season with us for as long as it's fun for them.

As an AYSO referee, you can help make fun happen.

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Phone : 319-558-8029
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