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Becoming a Referee

Referees are as critical to soccer as players and coaches. In AYSO, the game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees. It’s most common for a volunteer to begin their AYSO referee career by refereeing their own child’s game. However, as they learn the rules, develop their own techniques for managing players, coaches and fans, and gain an appreciation for how important the role of the referee is to a fun, fair and safe soccer experience, they often find it very rewarding to expand their knowledge and experience through AYSO’s advanced training and certification process. AYSO’s referee training is considered some of the best in the U.S. and includes both in-person courses in your community and online opportunities. Soccer knowledge is a plus, but is certainly not required. The AYSO referee training will give you all you need to know to have a terrific experience on the field.

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Job Description

The AYSO volunteer position of referee is intended to manage soccer matches played between teams of youth players in the age groups from U-5 to U-19 according to the AYSO National Rules and Regulations, the FIFA Laws of the Game and the training curriculum as specified in the AYSO National Referee Program. The referee is expected to cooperate with coaches and other officials to develop a positive self- image in the players and to provide a good role model for all AYSO participants

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The referee is expected to:

  • Support the AYSO National Referee Program in both specifics and spirit;

  • Attend regional referee meetings before and during the season as required;

  • Attend specific referee training courses to develop refereeing skills;

  • Attend referee refresher courses (continuing education training) as necessary to maintain AYSO rules, the FIFA Law knowledge, and to become familiar with changes;

  • Officiate matches to which he/she is assigned according to the AYSO rules, the FIFA Laws and prevailing guidelines;

  • Keep a record of each match he/she officiates and make special reports as necessary;

  • Support the AYSO philosophies;

  • Support the regional commissioner and staff;

  • Cooperate with the regional referee administrator and referee staff on issues pertaining to refereeing;

  •  Present a healthy environment and model by refraining from consuming alcoholic beverages or using tobacco products in the immediate vicinity of the soccer fields; and

  • Carry out any other refereeing tasks as necessary.

Qualifications and Desired Skills

To be considered for the position of referee, the applicant must:

  • Successfully pass a screening, including a background check;

  • Annually submit a Volunteer Application Form and be approved as a volunteer in an AYSO region;

  • Complete AYSO referee certification.

  • Complete AYSO Safe Haven Referee Certification.

  • Be reliable;

  • Have an interest in helping children;

  • Have good character;

  • Be interested in promoting the benefits of youth sports, especially soccer; and

  • Be physically capable.

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