Referee Information

Referees are as critical to soccer as players and coaches. In AYSO, the game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees. It’s most common for a volunteer to begin their AYSO referee career by refereeing their own child’s game. However, as they learn the rules, develop their own techniques for managing players, coaches and fans, and gain an appreciation for how important the role of the referee is to a fun, fair and safe soccer experience, they often find it very rewarding to expand their knowledge and experience through AYSO’s advanced training and certification process. AYSO’s referee training is considered some of the best in the U.S. and includes both in-person courses in your community and online opportunities. Soccer knowledge is a plus, but is certainly not required. The AYSO referee training will give you all you need to know to have a terrific experience on the field.


Referee Abuse Policy

In order to promote the AYSO philosophies, to create a positive atmosphere at AYSO games and events, and to recruit and maintain the willing and enthusiastic participation of qualified positive volunteer referees within AYSO, it is the policy of AYSO that:

  1. Referee Abuse and/or assault of any kind shall not be tolerated;

  2. Regions, areas, sections and tournament organizers shall take reasonable steps as may be appropriate to educate players, volunteers, parents and other participants concerning the adverse affects and consequences of such incidents; and,

  3. Prompt and appropriate action shall be taken in response to referee abuse and assault, including discipline, suspension or removal of the offender from future participation in AYSO programs, appropriate due process procedures concerning such discipline, and reporting such incidents to appropriate AYSO authorities.

      The National Support and Training Center shall, subject to the approval of the National Board of Directors, provide regions, areas, sections and tournament organizers with appropriate guidelines concerning such education, discipline, due process and reporting procedures.