AYSO referee training is designed to provide education to referees and prospective referees that will allow them to referee AYSO soccer matches in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game and the AYSO National Rules and Regulations. It is the intent of the AYSO National Referee Program to provide practical, incremental referee training that will ensure consistency throughout AYSO.
One of the most important parts of the AYSO National Referee Program is the AYSO Referee Certification and Training Program. All AYSO referees are required to be certified and trained. Referee certification is obtained by attending the AYSO Safe Haven Referee Certification course. Referee training is available in six different training courses: U-8 Official, Assistant Referee, Basic Referee, Intermediate Referee, Advanced Referee and National Referee. To register for a course, visit eAYSO. Enter your eAYSO user name and password and follow the directions.
All requirements for upgrades as a Referee, a Referee Instructor and a Referee Assessor are listed in the National Referee Program Manual.
Questions on training? Contact Greg Hough, Area 1D Director of Referee Training.
Upcoming Referee Courses
Heads-Up: Concussion Awareness & Safety Training
Many States have recently passed Concussion Awareness & Safety Laws. Key elements from State legislation:
Best practices and policies are being developed for AYSO as a whole and for local programs impacted by new laws. What to expect in AYSO’s Concussion Awareness & Safety Practices & Policies:
Please watch for the implementation of the new Concussion Awareness
and Safety Best Practices and Policies for AYSO and for your Region,
Area and Section.
AYSO has partnered with the CDC to use the Heads Up program for concussion awareness materials. Go to ayso.org for more information or take the CDC HeadsUp Training. When you've completed the training, print the Certificate of Completion and send to Karen Mihara at AYSO National Office to receive credit for this training.
All of the Referee workshops presented at the AYSO West Coast EXPO in Las Vegas this year are available online (click here). Great short topic material for your Annual Referee Update or your next Referee Roundtable.
AYSO maintains a library of training materials for all registered volunteers. You will need your AYSO ID number to access the library. You can look up your ID number on www.eayso.org.
AYSO maintains an online library of information, lesson plans, and exams for Referee Instructors. Forms for Referee Administrator, Instructors, and Assessors are also available.
eAYSO is the online registration system that AYSO provides for volunteers to register annually, to register for courses in their area of interest and many other functions.
Becoming Safe Haven™ certified may take a little time, but AYSO families know their child's safety is worth it. Safe Haven™ is both a child and volunteer protection program. It was the first of its kind in youth sports.
Volunteer protection comes into play as a result of volunteer training, certification and continuing education. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides certain legal protections for volunteers who have been trained and certified and act in accordance with a written job description.
Safe Haven includes these three elements, giving volunteers the highest degree of protection available under the law. Safe Haven™ training is one of the courses you can take online.
Online programming created by USSF instructors and Assessors in Southern California making education more accessible through monthly online live classes, on-demand recordings for past sessions, and numerous resource.