Information For Referees
Keeping The Game Safe, Fun, And Fair

Our kids can’t have a quality soccer match experience without referees.  If you love watching your son or daughter play soccer, refereeing is a front row seat! 

The referee’s No. 1 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 & 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!

Ref Reminders – Pre-season

Learn what in-person and online referee training is required.
Have you completed online and in-person referee training?

Review our Training Page to learn how to access and sign-up for both online and in-person referee training. 

IF you’re refereeing in U7-U10, are you familiar with the Build-Out Line and rules?
IF you’re refereeing in U9 and above, are you familiar with the offside rules?

Here is a helpful video explainer demonstrating the offside rule.  You can read the Offside rules- Law 11- in the Laws of the Game.

Have you reviewed the Division Guidelines for the division(s) you are refereeing in?
Do you have your referee gear and uniform?

Attend an in-person training session or contact

Ref Reminders – During the Season

Have you self-scheduled yourself for your child’s game(s)?

Please help us ensure that as many matches are covered by referees by self-scheduling yourself for future games by logging in at our Team Website

In Order To Referee In Our League, Every Volunteer Must Complete The Following:

Volunteer Registration
You must be registered as a parent/user in your Family Profile on our Team Website. If the volunteer parent is not yet in the Family Profile, the parent who is registered in the Family Profile will need to log in and add the volunteer parent to their existing Family Profile by clicking the Add New User button.

Volunteer Preferences
Once the volunteer is listed in the Family Profile, the volunteer parent must have the correct Volunteer Preference box checked (“Prefs”) as a Referee and please be sure that only the division/child you intend to referee for is selected in the “toggle” section below the Referee.

Volunteer Membership and Background Check
All referee volunteers must annually complete AYSO’s volunteer membership and background check process.  There is a $25 charge for the background screening process, which our league pays.  Further instructions for completing can be found at our Volunteers page.

AYSO-U Online Training
AYSO-U is AYSO’s Learning Management System.  After completing the background check application, only then will  volunteers be able to access AYSO-U.

In Order To Referee In Our League, Every Volunteer Must Complete The Following:

All referee volunteers are required to complete once (not once a year) the online courses listed below and available at eTrainU. Click the login link in the top right corner of the AYSO-U page and enter the same email address and password that you use for our Team Website.

After logging in, click “Online Courses” in the top red bar to find the following required online courses and course folders:

Safe Haven Click the “Open” button next to “Safe Haven Courses” then click the Open button for “AYSO’s Safe Haven”.
CDC HEADS UP Concussion Click the “Open” button next to “CDC HEADS UP Concussion Training”
AYSO’s Summary of the Laws of the Game Click “Open” next to “Refereeing Courses”, then “Open” next to “AYSO’s Summary of the Laws of the Game”
Online Referee Courses for the age you’ll be refereeing: For U5-U8 referees – “8U Official Course”
For U9 and older referees – “Regional Referee Training”


MORE INformation

Volunteer Training

Referee Self-Scheduler

Youth Referees


Division Guidelines



Get in touch with us if you have any questions. A volunteer will get back to you as soon as possible.