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AYSO Region 88 Glendale

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 referee 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.

Volunteer Requirements/Training

Volunteer Application
Every volunteer (coach, referee, team coordinator, etc.) must submit a Volunteer Application each season. Click here for instructions: Submitting a Volunteer Application

Background Check Effective January 1, 2001
All American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Regions, Areas, and Sections are required to comply with the AYSO policy on criminal background checks. Information: Policy - Criminal Background Check / Instructions: Submitting a Background Check

Live Scan (fingerprinting) Effective, January 1, 2022
All administrators, employees and regular volunteers in California MUST have a one-time background check as approved by the California Department of Justice to exclude individuals with a history of child abuse. This form of background check requires live scan fingerprinting (once / lifetime). Instructions: LiveScan Process

AYSO's Safe Haven
This free online course is required for all AYSO Volunteers and must be completed before any interaction with players and/or parents. We will reach out to all volunteers with clinic date/time and location. Click here for more information: AYSO Safe Haven for Parents

SafeSport Mandatory Training
The 2017 SafeSport Act has expanded Mandated Reporters to include adults authorized to interact with children. Due to this expansion, that includes AYSO and it requires training on child abuse and mandated reporting. Click here for more information

CDC HEADS UP Concussion training
This free online course is required for all volunteers that interact with our players on the field such as Coaches & Referees and recommended for all other volunteers. Click here for more information: AYSO Volunteer Resources - Concussion Safety

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
This is a course (added in 2021) is required by the State of California for all AYSO Coaches & Referees. This course is available in AYSOU. AYSO Volunteer Resources - SCA

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 or Regional Referees (10U or 12U games).

For more info, please contact the PRO directors at [email protected].
  Coach Referee Coaches and Referees
Division Training Training Clinic
  • Safe Haven
  • Concussion Awareness training
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • SafeSport
  • LiveScan (fingerprints)

All volunteers must submit a volunteer application (per team) and a background check (every 12 months).

 6U6U CoachingNone
7U/8U 8U Coaching 8U Official
10U 10U Coaching Regional Referee
12U 12U Coaching
14U Intermediate Intermediate (minimum)
16U/19U Advanced

Additional Information & Links

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 [email protected] if you are interested in attending any of these and instructions will be sent to you.

Player Misconduct Report

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

Contact Us

We are here to help, but please consider we are all volunteers and do our best to answer in a timely manner.

Player registration & cancellations: Registrar at [email protected]

Volunteer forms & general volunteer questions:
CVPA at [email protected]

Referee classes & general referee questions:
Referee Administrator at [email protected]

Coaching classes & general coaching questions:
Coach Administrator at [email protected]

Regional Commissioner:
[email protected]

All other questions: Please email [email protected] and your question will be directed to the appropriate staff member. 

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AYSO Region 88

2515 Canada Blvd 
Glendale, California 91208

Email Us: [email protected]
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