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Board members, contact info, section rules and regulations, Areas and Regions

Tournament schedules, Coaching classes, Rules of competition

Very Important Player Program for special needs players

EXTRA Program

Training Info

“Soccer is like a play in two acts with the referee as the director. The drama contains the full spectrum of emotions including suspense, excitement, periods of calm followed by intense action, there are heroes and occasionally villains, and good performances building to a dramatic conclusion. A good director (referee) with well-coached actors (players) has the capability of creating a wonderful two-act play (game) that will be enjoyed by all who observe.” Ken Aston

The Section One Referee website was created to provide all volunteers in Section One with information, guidance and training opportunities to fulfill all aspects of the AYSO National Referee Program. A good place to find everything about the program is in the National Referee Program Manual. You will find links to topics such as Laws of the Game, Referee forms, Books on Refereeing, Game videos and more. This material is provided to assist in your development as a Referee. If there are additional materials or links that you feel would benefit our Referee community, please forward your recommendations to the Section One Referee Administrator.


27 Feb: All you need to know about the IFAB (FIFA.com)

AYSO Directive on the use of Vanishing Marking Foam

The AYSO Store now sells the Vanishing Marking Foam (vanishing spray) which soccer referees use to mark where players may stand during the taking of a free kick.  The AYSO Store carries this product because they have other customers which may be interested in buying the spray.

FIFA allows the use of vanishing spray to provide a player management tool for experienced referees working top level professional games.  In AYSO’s youth games the referees are learning all about free kicks and how to manage players with the use of their personality.  It is important for referees to first learn the appropriate application of the Laws, and how to manage players before they use tools that may provide a false sense of control without the proper experience.

NOTE: At this point in time, the National Referee Advisory Commission in partnership with the National Coaching Advisory Commission and AYSO’s National Referee Program Administration, does not approve the use of the vanishing spray in AYSO games.

This AYSO directive will continue to allow our AYSO referees to develop player management skills.  AYSO will monitor the use of the spray in youth competitions outside of AYSO and evaluate further recommendations in 2015.

Summary of the 2014 Changes To the Laws of the Game

A summary of this year’s International Football Association Board changes to the Laws of the Game.

Annual Referee Update

The Annual Referee Update presented at the West Coast Expo in Las Vegas 21-23 Apr 2014 is available online via the links below. Please take a moment and become familiar with the latest information on the National Referee Program.

Interested in becoming a (better) Referee?

Sign-up for one of the upcoming courses on the Referee Training page. There are plenty of dates to choose from. Find the one that is right for you!If you have any questions about what it takes to volunteer as a referee or how you can take your referee skills to the next level, please contact the Section One Director of Referee Instruction.

Section One 2014 Goals and Objectives

  • Implement the AYSO National Referee Program in response to the needs of AYSO Referees in Section One
  • Promote Referee Assessment and Instruction for all AYSO Referees
  • Support the special development needs of Women Referees
  • Implement Referee mentoring program for the development and retention of Referees
  • Provide ongoing support of projects designated by the National Referee Advisory Commission

Section One Referee Staff

Areas of Interest
Saturday Results Posted
February 21-22, 2015
Ab Brown Sports Complex
Riverside, CA
Referee Scheduling

February 28-March 1, 2015
Ab Brown Sports Complex
Riverside, CA
Referee Scheduling

2015 California Championship Playoffs
March 21-22, 2015
Irvine, CA

March 27-29, 2015
San Diego, CA

Documents of Interest