Get ready to enjoy the best location on the field to watch youth soccer. Here is more information on how to Become a Referee. The dates and times of our upcoming training courses can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Referee Instruction. You will find current email information on the Contacts page.
U-8 Official Course: This entry-level course will get you out on the U-8 fields in no time. We cover referee fundamentals to help make the game a safe, fair and fun experience for our younger U-8 players. It requires only one evening or a half-day of training. Note that you must also complete the online Safe Haven course before you can take the field.
Regional Referee Course: This is the entry-level course to start working on U-10 fields. The Regional Referee Course covers all seventeen of the Laws of the Game. The time commitment is still reasonable, and it requires only three evenings of instruction. Note that you must also complete the online Safe Haven course before you can take the field.
Online Companion Course: While we recommend the Regional Referee Course for new U-10 referees, sometimes the available times just won't work. As an alternative, we offer a course that consists of online training and an in-class component. You must complete the Basic Referee Online Course at www.aysotraining.org prior to taking the Online Companion Course. Bring your certificate of completion to the Online Companion Course.
Regional Referee Upgrade Course (Upgrade from U-8 Official): This is for trained U-8 Officials who are looking to UPGRADE to Regional Referee. To upgrade, you only need to attend Modules 8 through 13 of the Regional Referee course. This is generally the last half of an all day course or starts with the second night of a 3-consecutive night course. Of course, if you feel your referee skills are a little rusty, we recommend that you complete the entire Regional Referee course. You may also choose to complete the Online Companion Course described above.
Intermediate, Advanced and National Referee Courses: AYSO offers a number of opportunities for referees to continue their training and receive recognition for their experience. This is reflected in the badges they wear on the field. We highly recommend that referees who want to continue their education and training should attend Golden Gate Camp. Details can be found below. But if those dates don't work, there are many other local courses that are offered. Contact one of our Referee Administrators or Director of Instruction. They can help you understand what training is required and will include you in further communications to referees. You will find their current email information on the Contacts page.
Golden Gate Camp: Golden Gate Camp is AYSO's premier instructional retreat and includes classes for referees looking to upgrade their certifications. It is typically held in July each year at a local community college. San Carlos AYSO will cover the cost of tuition for our referees that are interested in attending. Please email the Referee Administrator, Aaron Cheatham, if you are interested.