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  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 Fall 2017 to 8U, 10U:
First, more information will be posted here soon.  AYSO (in meeting USSF mandates) has made numerous changes, and we will have a MANDATORY RETURNING REFEREE session (date not confirmed yet as of 7/29/2017) for details and Q&A.

  1. Groups are now by Calendar year (renamed "8U" instead of "U8" etc. to emphasize)
  2. Fields are staying small (we already started that last year in Region 35)
  3. 10U (and 9U where separate) will now use the BUILD-OUT LINE.  We'll post links to training guides soon.

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.

Vijay Ragunathan will be Region 35 Referee Administrator starting Fall 2017.
Rex Wright will now be Region 35 Assistant Referee Administrator, and continue as Instructor
The RRA and RARA can certainly use help.  See the Job Descriptions link at the bottom of this page and contact one of us ( or if you'd like to help.

How do I sign up to referee games?
  • If you need an account set up, email us 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 MY2017 now!).  The AYSO process has a NEW WEB SITE now:
Log in, (you'll have to create your new account).  After creating your account, Click on VOLUNTEER, then REGISTER as REFEREE (either in your child's division or at the bottom under MY2017).

Update your information.  Be sure to Electronically sign your Volunteer forms!

Saturday 26 August 2017

9am to 2pm at Union Church, 20900 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, CA 95014 (Calvert Hall).
Please preregister in for (you can link there from bluesombrero once you log in)

BEFORE ONLINE COMPANION class you must go to the new online training site  (you can link there from bluesombrero).  THIS IS WHERE YOU HAVE TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS.
Before the Online Companion class you also have to do two more classes online
(1) Safe Haven  (that one is free--the concussion training is not mandatory but it's a good thing to take and it's also free) and
(2) Online Basic Referee (this one you have to pay for ($7 at the site--it goes to AYSO not to me!).

Also email your size for Referee uniforms to 

There are not other R35 Referee trainings scheduled, but check the calendar for other Area 2J (our neighbor regions) and their training dates.  The AYSOU site also lists every class in the country if you are really eager.