“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.
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
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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
- Provide officials of the highest caliber for National Games, Section and State programs
- 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