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AYSO Region 88 • Glendale / La Crescenta

Becoming a Referee

Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun
Why should you become an AYSO Referee?  We need you.  We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!
 
The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. The ref is the independent arbiter and manager of the game.   Their authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.
 
The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.
 
The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. The referee interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.
 
We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.

Requirements for all volunteers

Volunteer Application
Every volunteer (coach, referee, board member, team parent, etc.) must submit a Volunteer Application each year. They are delivered to AYSO National Headquarters for an annual background check, which screens for volunteers’ suitability to work with children through AYSO.

How to create an account and register as a Volunteer

Concussion Awareness class (online)
You must have submitted a Volunteer Application before you can access the short webinar.

  1. Go to AYSO’s Learning Management System: AYSOU
  2. Enter your login information from ayso88.org
  3. Click My Courses and choose CDC Concussion Course
Safe Haven training
All volunteers in Region 88 must attend the Safe Haven course in person. All volunteers are required to complete this prior to receiving team contact information and prior to holding team practice, so please complete the course at your earliest convenience. Please check our website for date/time or go to AYSOU to find classes offered nearby.

Requirements

  Coach Referee All Volunteers
Division Clinic Hours Clinic Hours Clinic (Hours)
U5
6U

4
   

Safe Haven (3)

Concussion Awareness training online (1)

All volunteers must submit a Volunteer application during the registration process.

6U
8U 8U 6 8U Official 3
10U 10U 6 Basic Referee 9
12U 12U 6
14U Intermediate 15 Intermediate 12
16U/19U Advanced 18

Youth Referee Program (PRO)

Region 88 has a program just for referees under the age of 18. It is called the Player Referee Organization or PRO, which stands for Player Referee Organization. It is the standard name given to AYSO Referee programs geared towards kids 18 years old and younger. Anyone is welcome to become a youth referee – they do not have to be a soccer player to join PRO. However, 95% of AYSO youth referees are also soccer players and therefore the program is named Player Referee Organization.

National guidelines state that kids 12 years old and older can become certified Referees (U-5 thru U-8 games) or Regional Referees (U-5 thru U-10 games). Youths under 12 are welcome too, but usually need to join the program as Assistant Referees.

For more info, please contact the PRO directors at prorefs@ayso88.org .

Player Misconduct Report

The Player Misconduct Report can be completed online to report any cautions and/or send offs in your match.

Updates to the Laws

Build Out Line presentation 
Here are the latest PDI’s that, effective immediately, impact division 8U, 10U and 12U. (updated 8/28)

Summary of changes to the Laws - 2017/2018 (4/10/17)

If you have any questions, please contact our Referee Administrator, Frank Bagheri, at ref88@ayso88.org

Upcoming Clinics

See Calendar of Events for more information. They are free of charge and open to everyone.

Please apply as a volunteer if you have not already and email rc88@ayso88.org if you are interested in attending any of these and instructions will be sent to you.

Safe Haven requirements

Safe Haven is a mandatory requirement for all Region 88 AYSO coaches and referees. You must take the Safe Haven course before you can coach this coming fall. If you have successfully completed the course before, you do not need to take it again.

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Regional Commissioner 
Aldo Mascheroni   

Email Us: rc88@ayso88.org
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