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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 Merit Shoucri, 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...


    10 May 2014: Referee Instructor Evaluator Course, Manhattan Beach

    Area 1D is offering the Referee Instructor Evaluator Course Saturday May 10 in Manhattan Beach.  The AYSO requirement for this course is to be a Referee Instructor, however, it is mainly recommended for those who plan on becoming Advanced Referee Instructors and plan to take the course at some point in the near future. 

    Details include:

    • WHAT: Referee Instructor Evaluator Course (Roster # is 201401347)
    • WHENSaturday May 10, 8:30AM to 2:30PM (5.5 hours of instruction)
    • WHERE: Joslyn Community Center Sunset Room, 1601 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach  (map link) 
    Questions?  Contact Merit Shoucri, Area 1D Director of Instruction, at ayso1dadri@gmail.com or Brian Jones, Area 1D Asst Director of Referee Instruction, at bajones@amicustech.com


     July 26-27, 2014: Area 11L Referee Training Conference

    Area 11L Referee Training Conference will be held July 26-27, 2014 at Laguna Hills High School, 25401 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills CA.

    Simply click on the course heading to view the course flyer with 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.


    Heads-Up: Concussion Awareness & Safety 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 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.


    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 www.eayso.org.




    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.org

    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 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.