We really need you!Step 1: Register to Volunteer (Ideally at the same time as you register your players in the spring)
Every game should have three referees (a Referee and two Assistant Referees). When counting parents with more than one child, we estimate that we need at least one parent out of every six kids to fully cover every soccer match. As a result, we need more referees than head coaches. Luckily, refereeing is easier to pick-up, less time consuming and is equally rewarding.
No Experience Required.
If you haven’t refereed before, don’t worry. You do not need previous soccer experience -- just a willingness to come out, get involved and have some fun. You don’t even have to be an adult to volunteer. We have many siblings and former players that have joined our program as youth referees. You only need to be two years older than the age group you wish to referee. We have referees of all different experience levels and a full roster of training and mentoring programs help new referees get started.
How To Get Started
Step 2: Complete a referee training course. Training classes are generally held in late summer as the fall soccer season begins. You'll find the dates and times of our upcoming classes on the Referee Training page.
Step 3: Complete the online Safe Haven™ course. To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, every volunteer is required to take a short online training session called Safe Haven. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. You only have to take Safe Haven certification once. This one hour module for referees is simple and easy.
To take the online safe haven course, you need to be a REGISTERED volunteer in eAYSO and have your AYSO ID in hand. You should have this information after completing Step 1 above. Once you have registered AND have your AYSO ID in hand, just go to the AYSO Online Training Site and complete the online class.
Step 4: Get out on the pitch and referee. Again, don't worry. We recommend that all our new referees start by taking Assistant Referee assignments with experienced referees. And when you are ready to be the Referee, we have mentors who will join you during your first match or until you feel confident to go it alone. Use our Referee Assignments page to communicate with our Referee Assignor and get the matches that work best with your schedule.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to 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.