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How to Become a Referee

Become a Referee

Keeping the Game Safe, Fair and Fun

Why should you become an AYSO referee? We need you! We cannot have games without referees. More importantly it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

The referees number one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is a 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 is such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators, and themselves. He/she interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful trifling offenses. Referees can 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. 

If you are 10 years of age and older , and would like to volunteer as a referee, please fill out the Volunteer section of the online registration when signing up your son or daughter to play soccer in your region. Or, you can sign up as a volunteer only. 

If you would like to sign up as a Volunteer Only referee for Area 5C or your region, CLICK HERE for Volunteer
Only Instructions
(NOTE: To sign up as a regional referee, you must start from your local region website. For 
a list of web addresses of regions in Area 5C, CLICK HERE)

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer referee as well as sign your son/daughter up as a player for your region, 
go to your region's website; but you can CLICK HERE for Registration Instructions. (NOTE: You must be on your
local region website to use these instructions. DO NOT use these instructions for this are website. For a list of web
addresses of regions in Area 5C, CLICK HERE)

For more information or questions, please contact our Area Referee Administrator at

Referee Training

Referee Training

To be an AYSO Referee, you must:

  • Be at least 10 years of age
  • Register as an AYSO volunteer (For Regional Referee, you must register in your local region. For Area Referee, register by clicking Register Now on our Home Page (if you are new) or Login (if you have an area account))
  • Complete the free online Regional Referee Training course. Follow the steps below

  1.  Go to, and sign in
2.  Click Online Courses
3.  Scroll to Regional Referee Training, then click Open
4.  Complete each section of the online training course descending order by clicking Launch starting at the top

  • Pass the referee exam for the Basic Referee Companion course (this is a live instruction course in which AYSO referee instructors will review key concepts). Follow the instructions to sign-up for a live instruction course by clicking Register for an In-Person Training Session in AYSOU
  • Complete the free online AYSO Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness training courses in AYSOU. Follow the instructions to sign-up for an online course by clicking Complete an Online Training Session in AYSOU

You must complete the online Basic Referee Training course before attending the Basic Referee Companion course and taking the referee exam. Taking all of the required referee courses take approximately 8-10 hours with most of that being online instruction you can take on your own schedule. 

For more information or questions, please contact our Area Referee Administrator at [email protected]

Thank you for stepping up to keep the game safe, fair and fun for the kids!

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