Referee Training Information

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.

Regional Referee Information

Upcoming Training for Referees

AYSO requires all new referees to attend a training course. Here you'll learn the ins and outs of what happens on the pitch (referee lingo for the soccer field) as well as instructions on how to get your uniform, whistle and all the confidence you'll need to ensure a safe, fair - and most of all FUN - time for our kids!

Many Referee courses--Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and National Referee, Instructor and Assessor--are being offered in and around Area 1D. You can look up and register for courses online at eAYSO or contact the instructor directly.  Each course has limited seating so sign up early! 

Course list here...

18 Mar: Area 1D Intermediate Referee Course

This course trains referees to do the more physically demanding and challenging U12 matches under
FIFA Laws and AYSO National Rules and Regulations. Taught on a single Saturday, Referee candidates must be an AYSO Basic Referee and should have taken the online concussion training.

What: Advanced Referee Course, eAYSO Roster No. 201605591
When8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday 3/18/2017
Where:  Dana Middle School (Room 201), 5504 W 135th St, Hawthorne (directions)
  • Must attend all day to complete the course
  • Must be a Regional Referee
  • Should have completed online concussion training (CDC Heads-Up Training)
Questions?  Contact Greg Hough, Area 1D Director of Referee Instruction, at or at (310) 883-4012.

21 Mar: Area 1D Advanced Referee Course

This course trains referees to do matches U14 and below under FIFA Laws and AYSO National Rules
and Regulations. Taught over four evenings, Referee candidates should be an Intermediate Referee and have taken the online concussion training.

What: Advanced Referee Course, eAYSO Roster No. 201605593
When6:15 PM - 9:30 PM, held Tue. 3/21, Thur. 3/23, Tue. 3/28, and Thur. 3/30/2017
Where: 1625 Marine Ave, Manhattan Beach (directions)
  • Must attend all four evening to complete the course
  • Should be an Intermediate Referee
  • Should have completed online concussion training (CDC Heads-Up Training)
Questions?  Contact Greg Hough, Area 1D Director of Referee Instruction, at or at (310) 883-4012.

Head's Up: Concussion Awareness Training

Many States have recently passed Concussion Awareness & Safety Laws. Key elements from State legislation:

    • Information: Need to inform parents and players about concussions.
    • Training: Require Concussion Awareness Training for “Officials” (e.g., Coaches, Referees, RCs, etc.) similar to the Center for Disease Control’s online course.
    • Participation Release: Most laws require a “Medical Release” before a player suspected of having a concussion may return to play.

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:

    • AYSO/CDC Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet – distribution & signature of Parent/Athlete.
    • Concussion Awareness Training utilizing materials from CDC’s Online Course - Coaches, Referees, Region/Area/Section Board Members.
    • Signed Participation Release Form before player suspected of concussion may return to participate.

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 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.

Referee Instructor Notes from West Coast Expo / April 2015

All of the Referee workshops presented at the AYSO Section 1/10/11 EXPO in San Diego this year are available online (click here).  Great short topic material for your Annual Referee Update or your next Referee Roundtable.

AYSO Training Manuals

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

AYSO Help for Instructors

AYSO maintains an online library of information, lesson plans, and exams for Referee InstructorsForms 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.

Safe Haven Training

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.

Referee Instruction Online

Online programing 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.