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“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 provides all volunteers in Section One with current 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.


News Alert!!

  • 13 Apr 2016: Laws of the Game 2016/17 are available The 130th IFAB AGM held in Cardiff on 5 March 2016 unanimously approved the IFAB Technical Subcommittee’s extensive revision of the Laws of the Game. This revision is probably the most comprehensive in The IFAB’s 130 year history and has reorganised and updated the Laws of the Game book to make it far more easy to ...
  • June 24-26, 2016: Ken Aston Camp   Held at Chapman University in Orange, CA, this residential camp is an exciting environment where Referees from around the country socialize and discuss officiating skills and the Laws of the Game with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced staff in the country. Their skill level is enhanced and their understanding of the game is ...
  • 15 Feb 2016: New Rules and Regulations: Heading the Ball February 15, 2016 I. HEADING THE BALL 1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games. Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week ...

News Archive…


Summary of the 2015 Changes To the Laws of the Game

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

2015 Annual Referee Update

The Annual Referee Update presented at the Section 1/10/11 Expo in San Diego 27-29 Mar 2015 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 2016 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

Section One Referee Staff

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[left to right: Rich Fichtelman, Rick Roberts, Jody Kinsey, Sandy Wright, Debbie Dakouzlian (not shown), Geoff Falk (not shown)]



Updated: April 26, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Areas of Interest
All Stars & Extra - Feb 20-21, 2016
Final Results posted
League - Feb 27-28, 2016
Final Results posted
Riverside, CA


March 19-20
Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ


Documents of Interest