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Referee Administrator - Mauro Guevara

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Referee Administrator. 

Mauro Guevara 
 [email protected]

Role of the Referee

Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun
Why should you become an AYSO Referee?  We need you.  We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun! The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. The ref is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Their authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.
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 and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. The referee interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.

Becoming a Referee

To help Region 1463 to run smoothly, we need a referee staff. We are looking for enthusiastic people. Experience is not necessary; we just need you to volunteer some of your time. Training is available to both new and returning volunteers and we will help you further develop your referee skills. We are always in need of and welcome junior referees, who must be at least 12 years of age. Community service credit will be given to high school students who become referees. In order to become a regional (beginning level) referee, you must attend a free, one-day certification class. All referees must register as AYSO 1463 volunteers.

Requirements for becoming part of the referee staff:
1) Be available on Saturdays
2) Referee games when an assigned referee is unable to cover
3) Become familiar with the duties of a referee in order to answer questions and be able to identify others who can offer assistance
4) Work with the Referee Administrator to ensure that the kids are safe and having fun

AYSO 1463 holds Referee training courses on a regular basis. These courses are free, and open to everyone. Coaches, Asst. Coaches, Volunteers, Parents, and youth, 12yrs and older. Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested in the Basic Referee Course. It is a great way to get a better understanding of the rules of the game! We encourage all of you to attend the class, especially if you are volunteering as a coach next Season. Division 10U and above require referee volunteers. We will be going over new rules regarding 8U games (i.e. throw-ins versus kick-ins) and 10U and 12U (build-out line)

Referee Resources

Includes changes and updates to Glossary and Practical Guidelines

Referee related rules and changes for the 2020/2021 season

A quick overview of pre-game activities, restart information and more! 

Referee Game card for 10U games and up! 



AYSO Referee Certification Levels

Here is a brief description of the requirements for each Referee Certification Level. Contact our Referee Administrator (RRA) for more details:

8U Official
(minimum age 10)
Complete the 8U Official Course and pass the 8U Official Exam.

Regional Referee
(minimum age 12)
Complete the Regional Referee Course and pass the Regional Referee Exam.

Intermediate Referee
(minimum age 14)
Complete 25 games as referee with at least five in 12U games, complete the Intermediate Referee Course, pass the Intermediate Referee Exam and be (observed) mentored in a 12U game.

Advanced Referee
(minimum age 16)
Complete 50 games as referee with at least 10 in 14U and five as an assistant referee (in 14U), complete the Advanced Referee Course, pass the Advanced Referee Exam, pass one assessment as referee and one as assistant referee in a 14U match. Pass the AYSO Physical Fitness Test.

National Referee
(minimum age 18)
Complete 100 games as referee with at least 30 in 16U and 19U games and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in 19U, complete the National Referee Course, pass the National Referee Exam, pass two assessments as referee in 16U or 19U matches and one as assistant referee in a 19U match, complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test.

Core Division Rules

This link takes you to Core Program information page which describes all of the criteria, rules and notes for each division at AYSO 1463. 


Referee Training Videos

US Soccer-produced video on referee signal technique

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US Soccer-produced video on assistant referee signal technique

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Carlos Torres, our Volunteer Coordinator, provides our Referees with a rundown on how to properly fill out the Referee portions of our Game Cards.

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Referee Expo April 2021

COURSE 506 - 14U and Over Fouls & Misconduct
A great presentation showcasing various fouls and misconduct scenarios along with conversations from attendees on what the correct calls are and the reasons why.  

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COURSE 517 - Offside Review
A seminar discussing the topic of Offside with various video examples provided to help visualize the concept. 

Hit the image above to view the video seminar

Referee Guidelines

High-Level Guidelines for All Referees

Know the accepted mechanics, signals, and procedures for Referees and Assistant
Youtube is your friend. Here is a video on Referee signals from the Ken Aston Referee Society. 

Referee Signals

* Arrive to the field at Least 20 minutes prior to kick off

* Be professional and approachable yet confident and firm

* Be properly attired with only AYSO approved Referee uniform with socks pulled up & a wristwatch with chronograph capability (timer)

* Take charge but do not dictate

* Always start the game on time

The Referee and ARs should work as a team and never disagree publicly. This one's important for newer Referees. If you're an AR in the match and you'll feel strongly on a call, please do not disagree with the Center Referee at the time of the call. The Center Referee makes the final call at the end of day. Concerns can be brought up as a team during quarter breaks or at the end of a game. 

/// Use sunscreen & maintain hydration before, during half, and after the game

/// Inspect the Field – Goals must be anchored or the game cannot be played

/// Check in the players 10 minutes prior to kick off

/// Introduce yourself to the coaches, be respectful, courteous, and professional

/// Referee should have a pre-game conference with his Assistant Referees

/// Referees (Center) should help mentor new ARS.  Remember that you were a rookie at some point too!

/// Referees should be running, ARs should be running

/// Be decisive and control the game.  Even in 6U/8U.  Tell the players when their behavior is unacceptable.

Coaches should be positive, instructional, and encouraging ONLY.  Be proactive with coaches and let them know that Public, Persistent, Provocative, or Personal actions or words towards any officials will not be tolerated. Ask them to stop. Tell them to stop.

Head Coaches can be cautioned with a Yellow Card. If the Head Coach receives a two cautions or a send-off (Red Card), the Coach will be ejected from the game. In this scenario, the Assistant coach takes over (unless he or she is the one ejected). Contact the RRA for help with a report.

Ask the coach to control problem spectators/parents.  If he or she is unable or unwilling to control parents that are crossing the line, cautions or a send-off will be the end result. Contact the RRA to file a report

Learn from experienced Referees.  Mentoring and peer review is part of soccer officiating.  

Referee Report 
If an incident occurs, whether it's an injury or misconduct related, a referee will need to fill out a Referee Report and turn this report to the Referee Administrator for review. 

Referee Report Document

Requirements for All Volunteers

Volunteer Application
Every volunteer (coach, referee, board member, team parent, etc.) must submit a Volunteer Application each year through our Sports Connect portal.  The application is delivered to AYSO National Headquarters for an annual background check, which screens for volunteers’ suitability to work with our participants.  These background checks will be performed by a contracted 3rd party vendor, Sterling. Once the results of the background check are received by National and by Region 1463, the volunteer will be evaluated for the volunteer positions selected.  

Training Requirements
In addition to the annual Volunteer Application and Background Check, there are certain training requirements that must be completed by all volunteers. 

1) Safe Haven 
All volunteers must complete the AYSO Safe Haven course before they are allowed to participate in any region activities.  This course can be completed online through AYSO's learning platform, AYSOU, under the "Online Courses" tab. All volunteers are required to complete this prior to receiving team contact information and prior to holding team practice, so please complete the course at your earliest convenience.

2) CDC Concussion Awareness
The Concussion Awareness training can be completed online through the AYSOU platform.  Once you have successfully completed the course, your certification record will be updated.

3) Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) 
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest training can be completed online through the AYSOU platform. Once you have successfully completed the course, your certification record will be updated. 

To access the online courses, please follow the below steps:

  1. Login to your Sports Connect account from the Region 1463 home page by clicking the Login button
  2. Click the Home tab (left)
  3. Click the AYSOU tab and click Login (no password should be required)
  4. Click Online Courses and choose your desired courses.
If you have any questions on this process, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Carlos Torres at [email protected]

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Murrieta, California 92563

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