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Referee FAQs

Q: If I can only referee a single match every weekend, then is it worth it?

A: Absolutely!  If all our trained referees volunteered to be a part of at least one game every weekend, then we wouldn't have enough slots to go around.  That's a problem we'd love to have.

Q: Can I be a referee?
A: Absolutely, all it takes is enough fitness to keep up with the kids, enthusiasm and the desire for the kids to play a fun, fair and safe game of soccer.

Q: How does the scheduling work? 

A: You ask for the games that you want to do. The schedule goes out Monday and the referees send in emails for the games that they want to do. Even doing one game a weekend really helps. Of course if you are unavailable for a weekend, simply do not ask for any games.

Q: Can youth referee AYSO games?

A: Yes definitely, we love having the youth referees. The age requirement as that the youth referee is 2 years or older than the division being refereed. That is 12 years and older for 10U games and 14 years and older for 12U games. As AYSO is a volunteer organization many groups recognize youth referee hours for volunteer status.

Q: I have done the referee class before, do I need to take it again?

A: No, unless you are moving from 8U to 10U games where a new class is needed as the kids are introduced to all of the Laws of the Game in 10U.
If you want to take a refresher, you are most welcome to come along –alternatively you can take the online referee course at However for first time 10U-12U referees the classroom session is still required –taking the online course can help with building a knowledge base ahead of the class, but the classroom session is needed to complete the course.

Q: Can I referee my own child's games?

A: Yes. There is no rule prohibiting a referee from refereeing their own child’s game. In fact, it can be a challenge to recruit referees and its impossible for us to cover officiating needs without using referees who are affiliated with the teams. In some situations when there is a shortage of referees, having a parent officiate their own child’s game may be the only option. We recommend that you sign up as an Assistant Referee for your own child's game.  If no Referee is available, then you should take over as Referee and recruit a parent to act as a Linesman. Of course, if your child's team is playing in the City Championship match, you'll probably want to watch instead of refereeing.

Q: What do I do with the match reports (game cards)?

A: Match reports are an easy way to communicate with the referee administration team and the board. We review the reports every weekend and if there are any issues, we do our best to take appropriate action.

If you have any issues (both good and bad), please note them on the card so that we can take the appropriate action.  Some examples of things to note:

  • Field issues (paint lines, torn nets, etc.)
  • Coach or parent issues (language, behaviour)
  • Failure to follow substitution regulations
  • Injuries - please note name of player, time, and nature of injury
  • Cautions and Send-Offs

At the end of each match, hand your completed match reports to the Referee of the following match. The last referee on the field each day should drop the stack of completed cards in the box at Burton Park.

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P.O. Box 1462 
San Carlos, California 94070

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