Referee Info

Want to be a referee?  Thanks. 

See Referee FAQ link below for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about AYSO refereeing.

See "next class" info in other column and click NEW REFEREES page link below for detailed "How-To" instructions.

Referees are critical to soccer just as players and coaches. In AYSO, the game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees.

All our referees are volunteers, just like everyone else in AYSO.  We will train everyone who signs up to volunteer as a referee, and that means anyone 12 years old and up (yes, Grandparents can help, too!)

If you want to volunteer to help the referee program but not on the field, there are Referee Administrative positions available.

The AYSO Whistle Stop website has lots of information.

If you don't think you qualify to be a referee, you can read AYSO's information on "Why I Can't Be A Referee"

Youth Referees have a special role in keeping our games going.  And it never hurts to have the volunteer experience on those college applications :-) and besides, it's great FUN!  You can be a ref from age 12; you just have to be 2+ years older than the kids you're reffing.

And for you parents (or uncles, aunts, and neighbors), you have a special role in refereeing also!  It's easy, and it's fun.  We'll teach you everything you need to know, even if you've never played soccer before.

Laws of the Game updated Summer 2016
The IFAB (governing law body for FIFA) did a major rewrite of the laws this Spring effective June.
You may have noticed some subtle differences if you watched Euro Cup or Americas Cup.
More details coming in a returning referee meeting TBD. IF you want to read the IFAB site for details
in the meantime, see IFAB site for background and you can download a PDF of the new laws here

CONCUSSIONS:  Be aware of Concussion Safety.  Here is Link to CDC Website

Changes starting Calendar Year 2016:
No Heading age 10 and below

1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.

Heading for players in U-14 practices is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in [U14 and up] matches.

2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s Goal area, must be taken on the Goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head. 

3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

How do I sign up to referee games?
  • If you need an account set up, email me at
  • If entering scoring Jersey numbers in Arbiter, please use NOTES field. Reserve the COMMENTS for safety-and-discipline-related issues you want Area management to review (if you forget I will cut and paste, but please try to remember)
EXTRA/CLUB PROGRAM (CYSA CCSL) uses separate entry site of
  • If you are a referee and have a USSF Grade 8 (or higher) badge and need an account set up, email me at and I'll tell you whom to contact
  • If you have an AYSO Intermediate badge or higher, you can cross-certify but it takes some paperwork and a small fee--I think it's about $50.  Please do it QUICK to avoid the rush and delays!
  • There is an effort to do a local Direct-to-Grade-8-USSF class.  I'll post if I hear more.

Madison League (Fall U16/U19) uses

  • Advanced Referees (and Candidates), email me at for how.
Refs, turn in those Volunteer Forms!

All referees, whether new or returning, must turn in a Volunteer form for each School Year  (So you all need to do MY2016 now!).  Log into eAYSO, update your information, print and sign your form, and drop it off at one of the Registration events!  (see home page)  Be sure to Electronically sign your Volunteer forms!

The ASSISTANT REFEREE ADMINISTRATOR and I can certainly use help.  See the Job Descriptions link at the bottom of this page and contact one of us ( or

3pm to 7pm at Union Church, 20900 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, CA 95014 (Crystal Hall Classroom 4 :  near back parking lot).
Please preregister in for Roster 201701379.  Then,
BEFORE ONLINE COMPANION class you must go to and do
(1) Safe Haven (MT002) and
(2) Online Basic Referee (R001).
Go all the way to the end and PRINT YOUR CERTIFICATES and bring them to the class.  Thanks, Rex Wright (  Also email me your size for uniforms.

Next Large BASIC REF CLASS IS TBD (but likely Saturday 04 March 2017)
8:30am to 4:30pm at LOCATION TBD .  Please sign up in for Roster TBD and email me at with your shirt size so I can get your uniform ordered.

If you have not already done Safe Haven (e.g., as coach) then do that online and print certificate BEFORE the class, please. (see NewReferees below for more details on how to do the ONLINE part)

(see also NewReferees below for more details on how to do the ONLINE part)