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Referee Training

Registration: As a Volunteer and for a Class

  • Register as an AYSO volunteer (using eAYSO.org)
  • Find a class (from the schedule below) and sign up for it (also using eAYSO.org).  We are Section 6, Area D, Region 418.  The roster number of the class is listed beside each class.
  • ​Complete the On-Line Referee Training course (available at aysotraining.org) prior to class.  (Review the "Check for Learning" materials available below.) Please bring the certificate of completion of the On-Line course to class (or to the field, for on-field sessions).
  • Complete the On-Line Safe Haven course (also available at aysotraining.org)

Please contact Karen Butler, the Regional Referee Administrator, at ref.admin@ayso418.org, for more information.

Referees Needed!

In AYSO, EACH U08 and U10 team is expected to provide a trained official.   All our referees (just like our coaches) are volunteers, and most are parents of current players.  We have “pool” referees: these are volunteers who continue to referee even after their children no longer play for AYSO; they referee older age groups and when available fill in  for U10 games on days that parents can't referee.  “Pool” referees will only be assigned to games where at least one team has provided a referee.  If there is no volunteer from either team, the game will not have a trained referee.

For more information, contact your child's coach or the Referee Administrator at ref.admin@ayso418.org

Referee Classroom Training Opportunities

Volunteering as a referee provides a great way for those who want to help their child's team but need flexible schedules.  Volunteers are asked to referee four games in the fall and four games in the spring, on the days that their schedule permits.  Classroom training courses for U08 Official and U10 Basic Referees are generally held at the AYSO office at 4507 N. Ravenswood. 

To sign up for referee training, please do the following:

  • Register as an AYSO volunteer if you have not already done so.  (Register at eAYSO.org and complete the on-line Safe Haven course, available at aysotraining.org.)
  • Find the roster number of the class that you would like to attend from the table below. (To referee U10 games, please select the U10 training; for U08 games, select either the U08 or the U10 training.)
  • Go to eAYSO.org, enter the roster number, then register for the class.

Before coming to class:

  • Complete the AYSO On-Line Basic Referee Training course (available at aysotraining).  Completion of the on-line course is required: instructors do not teach the material at the class that is covered in the on-line course.
  • Print the certificate of completion and bring it to class.
  • For the U08 Class:  Please see "Guidelines for U08 Officials for Viewing the On-Line Course" below
  • Optional (but recommended):  Review the “Checking for Learning: Test Yourself after Viewing the On-Line Course” document.

Advanced training for referees is also available.  For more information about advanced training, please contact the Regional Referee Administrator (ref.admin@ayso418.org).

Upcoming Classes: Fall 2016

Date/Time Course Title
REGION 418 CLASSES
Tuesday evening, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. U08 Official (Roster #201602331)
Tuesday evening, July 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. Basic (U10) Referee Online Companion Course (Roster #201602332)
Saturday, July 23, 9 to 11 a.m. U08 Official (Roster #201602333) IMPORTANT: NEW LOCATION! CONTACT REF.ADMIN@AYSO418.ORG FOR DETAILS
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Basic (U10) Referee Online Companion Course (Roster #201602334) IMPORTANT: NEW LOCATION! CONTACT REF.ADMIN@AYSO418.ORG FOR DETAILS
Saturday, August 20, 9 to 11 a.m. U08 Official (Roster #201602981)
Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Basic (U10) Referee Online Companion Course (Roster #201602980)
CLASSES IN OTHER REGIONS CHECK EAYSO.ORG FOR DETAILS
August 20-21 Glenview: Intermediate Referee Course
Saturday, August 20 Glenview: Basic (U10) Referee Online Companion Course
Saturday, August 20 Highland Park: Basic (U10) Referee Online Companion Course
Sunday, August 21 Glenview: Basic (U10) Referee Online Companion Course
Saturday, August 27 Peterson Park (Chicago): Basic (U10) Referee Online Companion Course
Sunday, August 28 Elmhurst: U08, Upgrade from U08 to Basic Referee, Basic Referee
Sunday, September 4 Rogers Park (Chicago): Basic (U10) Referee Course

Basic Referee Training: Class Pre-Requisites and Referee Certification Levels

U08 Official (allows you to referee all U8 level games and lower)

  • On-line registration as an AYSO volunteer (re-registration required every year): www.eAYSO.org
  • One-time completion of on-line Safe Haven course (takes less than 30 minutes): www.aysotraining.org/training/courses.asp
  • Completion of Basic Referee on-line training course (self-paced instruction - please see special instructions for U08 officials prior to viewing the on-line course): www.aysotraining.org/training/courses.asp
  • Completion of two-hour U8 Official (classroom) course and test

Basic (U10) Referee (allows you to referee, as center and assistant, all U10 level games & lower)

Either

  • Completion of Basic Referee on-line training course (self-paced instruction): www.aysotraining.org/training/courses.asp                                                                                PLUS
  • Completion of four-hour Basic Referee Companion (classroom) course and test.  Please bring printed certification of completion of on-line course to class.

OR

  • Completion of Full-day Basic Referee (classroom) course and test

Advanced Training Opportunities

Intermediate Referee (allows you to referee, as center and assistant, all U12 level games & lower)

  • On-line registration as an AYSO volunteer (re-registration required every year): www.eAYSO.org
  • Coordinate with Regional Referee Administrator

Advanced Referee (allows you to referee, as center and assistant, all U14 level games & lower)

  • On-line registration as an AYSO volunteer (re-registration required every year): www.eAYSO.org
  • Coordinate with Regional Referee Administrator

National Referee (allows you to referee, as center and assistant, all U19 level games & lower)

  • On-line registration as an AYSO volunteer (re-registration required every year): www.eAYSO.org
  • Coordinate with Regional Referee Administrator