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AYSO Region 272 - El Paso, TX

Referee Program

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 it is certainly not required. The AYSO referee training will give you all you need to know to have a terrific experience on the field.
If you have any questions, please email your Region 272's Referee Administrator: 
Lena Kapilevich
[email protected]


How to Become a Referee

Step 1: Register as an AYSO Volunteer

All referees must register as volunteers annually. Youth volunteers (ages 10-17) will need a parent or guardian to complete the online volunteer process for them.

Step 2: Complete Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness 

All new referees must complete these courses on AYSOU:
- AYSO's Safe Haven
- Concussion Awareness (AYSO CDC Concussion Awareness)
You can access AYSOU from your account on by going to the volunteer tab and clicking on AYSOU.
If you have trouble getting in, here is a Wiki article with instructions for accessing AYSOU: Access to AYSOU

Step 3: Take a Referee Course

8U Official

Anyone ages 10+ can become an 8U official. To become an 8U official, take the course on AYSOU.

Regional Referee (Hybrid or In-Person)

Anyone ages 12+ can become a regional referee. To become a regional referee, you can either take the online portion of the hybrid course and schedule the in-person session with the Director of Referee Instruction, or you can take the full in-person course. Check out our regional calendar for upcoming training dates.



  • Attend regional referee meetings before and during the season as required
  • Attend referee refresher courses (continuing education training) as necessary to maintain AYSO rules, the FIFA Law knowledge, and to become familiar with law changes
  • Officiate matches to which you are assigned according to the AYSO rules, the FIFA Laws, and prevailing guidelines
  • Keep a record of each match officiated and make special reports as necessary
  • Support the AYSO 6 Philosophies


  • Successfully pass a screening, including a background check
  • Annually submit a Volunteer Application Form and be approved as a volunteer
  • Complete necessary safety training
  • Complete necessary referee training
  • Have a good character
  • Be physically capable
  • Be 10+ years old

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AYSO Region 272

101 N Ochoa 
El Paso, Texas 79901

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 915-257-5008
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