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Referees are critical to soccer. The game can't be played without them. My name is Nick Dispalatro, and I am your Referee Administrator. You can reach me by e-mail by clicking HERE!

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Region 56 Referee Staff: 

Nick Dispalatro - Regional Referee Administrator
Chris Osswald - Assistant Referee Administrator
Ron Berkowitz 
- Director of Referee Instruction
Lee Aydelotte - Referee Director of Assessments

Please consider volunteering for the following - contact Nick/Chris:

Vacant - Director of Youth Referees 
Vacant - Director of Referee Mentoring
Vacant - Director of Female Referees
Vacant - Scheduler  


Regional Referee Training Opportunities

Mandatory Referee Meeting is at Brethren Christian, 21141 Strathmoor Lane, Monday Sep 11th, 7pm-9pm

Training opportunities do still exist and you can access them by logging into with your Blue Sombrero login information and selecting "Live Courses"

AYSO Volunteer Form (Adult or Youth)

If you have not already filled out and turned in this annual form, then please go online and do so. Even if you've completed a form for another position, one must be completed for Referee. (A separate form must be completed for each volunteer position).

Please select the "Register" or "Login" button at the top of this page and fill out the Volunteer Form.

In addition, each volunteer must complete CDC Concussion and Safehaven before being added to the Matchtrak scheduler. They are online courses found at

Misc Notes for Region 56 Referees

• Discipline Policy:
"Yellow & Red Cards are highly discouraged in the U8 & U10 divisions. Use caution when using cards at the U12 level. You must complete a misconduct report on Matchtrak if you have to issue any type of misconduct.

• Special Rules for U8 Games:
No penalty kicks, No off-side (don't allow obvious "cherry picking" either) There will be only direct kicks at this  level, and only from outside the goal area for attacking team. No Goalkeepers. No throw-ins - they now must place the ball on the touchline and kick-pass it in.

 • NEW Click Here for an interactive guide to Law 11 - Offside 

Misconduct MUST Be Reported

Any misconduct issues during a game must be reported to the Referee Admin within 24 hours using the Matchtrak automated reporting system. Select your completed games (upper left). For the game in question, select the Match Report icon, then the type of report and it will provide a form to fill in.

Referee Requirements/Training

» Regional Referee (minimum age 12)
» Intermediate Referee (minimum age 14)
» Advanced Referee (minimum age 16)
» National Referee (minimum age 18)

Upgrade opportunities are available via live courses on

Local Opportunities:

» Area L Training (Late Jan/Jul) Laguna Hills
» Area K Training (Late Feb/Early Aug) FV
» Ken Aston Camp (Late June) Chapman U

National Partners

Email Contacts

Contact Us

AYSO Region 56

P.O. Box 8205 
Huntington Beach, California 92646

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