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Welcome to AYSO 1335 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.

As a referee, one benefit is you are able to choose which games you will referee.

Youth Referee Program.  
This program is open to individuals who are 12 year old and older.  This is a good way to accumulate hours toward community service.  Youth referees are always accompanied by certified adult referees. Go to to register as a youth referee for Fall soccer
season. Training needs to be completed by the time games start after Labor Day weekend.  All
equipment except for shoes will be provided. Contact [email protected] for any questions.  


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How to Become A Referee How to Become A Referee

How to Become a Referee

Apply as a Volunteer Russell Poucher

Log in to our website:

On the right side, click on the person icon, then click on Account.  Click on Volunteer (left side), then Find Volunteer Roles: Referee to enter all of the information.  This might take 10 minutes.  Good thing is, you only have to do this once, each year after, all the info is still there. The application is complete when you click “Submit”.  It will be on the second page that looks like a form. Make a note of your AYSO volunteer ID. (It will be an 8-digit number) 

How to Apply as a Volunteer

Take the Online Course(s)

Go to  Use the same login as you did to register your player.

Take the Safe Haven course, Concussion Awareness course and Sudden Cardiac Arrest courses.

PRINT OUT the completion form for both the Safe Haven and the Referee training.  Bring it to the class.

Take the In-Person Portion of the Course

Go to and search for the Regional Referee Course and enroll.  This may be out of region training and any fees will be reimbursed with a receipt.  To find our class, search for Orange or 11/Q/1335.

Bring the Printout of the final page (looks like a certificate) that shows you did Safe Haven and one that shows you did the Ref training.

Referee Badge Levels Referee Badge Levels

Take your referee skills to the next level

The following referee levels outline the requirements required to advance to the next level referee certifications.

Regional Referee (minimum age 12)

  • # of Games:  No minimum number of games required
  • Training:  Basic Referee Course (Includes Safe Haven Referee Certification)
  • Testing:  75% or better on the Regional Referee Exam
  • Assessment:  Not required
  • Fitness Test:  Not required
  • Service Units:  None required

Intermediate Referee (minimum age 14)

  • # of Games:  25 as a referee with at least 5 in U-12 matches
  • Training:  Intermediate (Area) Referee Course
  • Testing:  90% or better on the Intermediate Referee Exam
  • Assessment:  See note 3 below
  • Fitness Test:  Not required - practice for AYSO Physical Fitness Test is recommended
  • Service Units:  None required

Advanced Referee (minimum age 16)

  • # of Games:  50 as Referee (10 in U-14) and 5 as an Assistant Referee (in U-14)
  • Training:  Advanced (Section) Referee Course
  • Testing:  90% or better on the Advanced Referee Exam
  • Assessment:  One each as Referee and Assistant Referee in a U-14 match
  • Fitness Test:  Complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test for this level
  • Service Units:  Do a minimum of five service units. 

National Referee (minimum age 18)

  • No. of Games:  100 as Referee with at least 30 in 16U and 19U matches of which at least 15 must be in 19U, if available, and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in 19U, if available.  The Section Referee Administrator may authorize substitution of 16U for 19U, if 19U matches are not available.
  • Training:  Complete the National Referee Course.  At least 80 matches as Referee prior to attending the National Referee Course is required.
  • Testing:  90% or better on the National Referee Exam
  • Assessment:  Two assessments as Referee in 16U or 19U with at least one in 19U, if available, and one as Assistant Referee in a U-19 match, if available.  The Section Referee Administrator may authorize substitution of 16U for 19U if 19U matches are not available.
  • Fitness Test:  Complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test for this level.
  • Service:  Do an additional five service units.  

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