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...

Upcoming Referee Courses

WHAT: Intermediate Referee Course

COURSE ROSTER: #201500309

 3/14/2015, Starting time 8 AM and ends approximately 5 PM

WHERE: Parras Middle School (200 North Lucia Ave, Redondo Beach 90277)

QUESTIONS:  Contact Area 1D Director of Referee Instruction, Greg Hough at

26-28 June 2015 at Chapman University in Orange, CA

This residential camp is an exciting environment where Referees from around the country socialize and discuss officiating skills and the Laws of the Game with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced staff in the country. Their skill level is enhanced and their understanding of the game is greatly refined.

Attendees benefit from top-level instructors, many of whom learned the craft from renowned FIFA referee, Ken Aston. Many of the instructors hold Section and National positions, and are pledged to keeping Ken Aston’s Vision of the Spirit of the Game alive, making this an unparalleled learning experience for those in attendance. Attendees leave with a renewed sense of pride, a more refined understanding of how to contribute to their local organizations, and an energized spirit.

Register today at


17-19 July: Area 11L Summer Referee Training Conference

This year's Area 11L Summer Referee Training Conference will be July 17-19 at Laguna Hills High School, 25401 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA (map link) offering a full range of referee classes, taught by some of the finest instructors in Southern California.

If you are a Intermediate or higher referee and want to give back in a different way, please consider the Referee Instructor Course.

Simply click on the course heading to view detailed course and location information, a student preparation message (for upgrade courses), and an online registration link. 

Please do not register in eAYSO. Use the online registration link in the course flyer.

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 2014

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 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.