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Q. How do I become an AYSO Referee?
Q. Is prior soccer experience required to officiate?
Q. How are referees assigned to games?
Q. Where do I get referee gear and equipment?
Q. I’m already a Regional Referee, when should I try to become an Intermediate Referee?

Q. How do I become an AYSO Referee?
A. You must first complete an AYSO volunteer registration form 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 may set up an account in our self-assigning software,  RefScheduler. (We are AYSO, Section 6, Area D, Region 418.) When  your account is activated, you may use RefScheduler to assign yourself to games at the level for which you are certified.  Signing up is important!!  Teams with active referees are included in the refereed flights at SoccerFest. (SoccerFest is the Region's annual mini-tournament, held the last weekend of the spring season.)  Reports generated by RefScheduler are used to determine who the active referees are.  AYSO referees are volunteers and are not paid. 

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 [email protected].

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 second or third year. For more information contact Karen Butler, Regional Referee Administrator, at [email protected].

Still have a question? Interested in becoming a member of the Referee Advisory Board? Contact the Regional Referee Administrator, Michael OPhelan, at [email protected]

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4507 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60640

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