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Referee Training

New Referees

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 Jim Hopp (jimhopp at
If none of the dates work for you, you can take the course in a nearby region. You can see a list of courses in the area here. If you want to attend a course in a nearby region, register for the course on AYSOU and then let our Director of Referee Instruction know when you've completed the course so he can issue ref gear to you.

8U Official Course: This entry-level course will get you out on the 8U fields in no time. We cover referee fundamentals to help make the game a safe, fair and fun experience for our younger 8U players. It requires only one evening of training. Note that you must also complete the online "AYSO's Safe Haven" and "CDC: Concussion Course" courses at before you can take the field


Aug 30 (Thu)...6:00pm - 9:30pm (San Carlos Adult Community Center)
Sep 6 (Thu)...6:00pm - 9:30pm (San Carlos Adult Community Center)

Register Online Here: 

Regional Referee (10U) Online Companion Course: 
We have a self-study and in-class option to become a Regional referee (so you can referee 10U and 12U games). The in-class session take 4 hours. You must complete the Basic Referee Online Course at  AYSOU prior to taking the Online Companion Course. (Note that you must also complete the online "AYSO's Safe Haven" and "CDC: Concussion Course" courses at before you can take the field.) 
Dates -

Aug 28 (Tue)...6:00pm - 9:30pm (San Carlos Adult Community Center)
Sep 4 (Tue)...6:00pm - 10pm (Central Middle School)

Register for both the classroom course and the online course here: 
To register and take the online course, log on to and go to
> Products 
> Referee Training 
> Buy Now 
The course costs $7; the instructor will reimburse you when you take the classroom portion. 

You'll then be able to take the online portion under My Courses/Regional Referee Training.

Register for the classroom portion on as well; that's under My Courses/Instructor Led Courses/Referee Instructor Led Courses/Regional Referee Online Companion Course.

(If none of these dates work for you, you can take a course in a nearby region; please access AYSOU to look up)

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 CampGolden 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, Tim Boswell, if you are interested.

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P.O. Box 1462 
San Carlos, California 94070

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 888-702-7402
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