Referees are critical to the game of soccer - without them the game cannot be played! AYSO Referees are all volunteers, just like the coaches, administrators, field workers, and everyone else who makes AYSO work. Most referees are parents or relatives of the players, and some youth referess are even players themselves. Referees range in experience from beginner to very experienced, and all referees are offered plenty of opportunities for training within our region. Volunteers generally referee between one game every other week to several games each Saturday.
Referees play a vital role in keeping the games Safe, Fair and Fun - which is what AYSO is all about:
Safe: The Referee's #1 job is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.
Fair: The Referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game Safe, Fair & Fun. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.
Fun: We want our kids to continue to play, and they will keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.
If you have more referee questions, visit our Referee FAQ page.
All AYSO volunteers, including all referees, must log onto eAYSO and follow the
instructions to register as a referee. This must be done each and every year.
This guide will help all U8 referees prepare for an enjoyable game. It's also a good reference for U8 coaches so they know what to expect from their referees. Keep these items in mind and the games will be safe, fair, and fun.
Here's a helpful checklist for new U10 referees. Keep these items in mind and the games will be safe, fair, and fun.
Here's a useful single sheet summary for all referees to make right calls. Keep this handy in your pocket or in some corner of your bag for quick glance on topics related to restart, fouls, misconduct or signallings etc.