aking The Game Fun, Fair And Safe For Every Player, Coach And Fan

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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 FAQ

Answers to your most common questions.

Referee Resources

A handy online home for the AYSO resources you need

Whistle Stop

A weekly e-newsletter that gives news, tools, tips and info. A must-read for every AYSO referee!

Referee Course Locator


Find a referee course when and where it’s convenient for you.