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Referee FAQ

Referee FAQ

Q. How do I become an AYSO Referee?
A. You must first complete an AYSO volunteer application form on e-AYSO and be approved as an AYSO volunteer by Region 418. Once you are approved as a volunteer, the training to become an AYSO referee is provided to you free of charge. Note: All volunteers must register annually, even if they no longer have kids in AYSO.

Q. Is prior soccer experience required to officiate?
A. No, but some familiarity with soccer is certainly a plus. Coaches, parents, players and other volunteers have all proved to be excellent referees even if they have not played this sport. (Youth referees are welcome!)

Q. How are referees assigned to games?
A. Once you are a certified AYSO referee, you will be assigned games based on your availability and according to the needs of the region. AYSO referees are volunteers and do not get paid.

  • In Divisions U-10 to U-14, referees are assigned using the self-scheduling process. However, some experienced referees may be automatically assigned based on the Referee Crew method.
  • In Divisions U-8 and below, the teams involved in each game will provide their own referees, or the coaches will handle this responsibility.

Q. Where do I get referee gear and equipment?
A. For official shirts, shorts, socks, patches, flags and other equipment, contact Ashok Singh, Referee Equipment Manager, at

Q. I’m already a Regional Referee, when should I try to become an Intermediate Referee?
A. Referees should be able to easily upgrade to the Intermediate level by their third year. For more information contact Karen Butler, Regional Referee Administrator, at

Still have a question? Interested in becoming a member of the Referee Advisory Board? Contact the Regional Referee Administrator, Karen Butler, at