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Becoming A Referee

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

Referees are critical to soccer - the game can't be played without them. The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. He is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.

The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.


  • Each year, ALL Referees need to complete a volunteer form; this can be done online. Print 2 copies, sign both and turn them in to the Referee Administrators or one of our board members. Youth Referees must complete a Youth Volunteer Form.
  • ALL volunteers must take a Safe Haven course which only has to be done once. If you have never completed this course, you may now take it - Click Here for Safe Haven and you can find it under your My Courses tab.
  • Then take the Basic Referee Online Training located on the AYSO National Training website -  Once you complete this online class, print a copy of your certificate.
  • Now you are ready to attend the last part of the Regional Referee Online Companion Course. It is a friendly classroom setting where all your questions will be answered; we review what you learned online as well as teach you some new stuff and complete a simple (open book) exam.Regional Referee Certification - Click Here to register for a class and complete your referee certification.

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Please see the Top 10 Reasons Why Should I Be A Referee?

  1. Referees are needed for the kids to be able to play AYSO.
  2. I will be doing my part in helping Region 16 become a better place for the children to play.
  3. I will receive excellent training and other experienced referees are always willing to answer my many questions.
  4. I will join a very special group of volunteers who are important to the success of this soccer league.
  5. If I referee several games during the day, the region will feed me for free.
  6. I will become much more knowledgeable about the game of soccer.
  7. I will gain a whole new respect for those people whom I have been complaining and yelling at for years.
  8. I will be earning points which I can exchange for various rewards at the end of the season.
  9. I will be getting plenty of exercise which I know I should be doing more.
  10. I will receive a cool uniform to wear proudly every Saturday.

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Ayso Region 16

PO Box 6890 
Torrance, California 90504

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 310-508-1616
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