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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!!

  • 2016-2017 FIFA Laws – Summary of Changes Webinar Now Available Exclusive webinars that will summarize FIFA’s recent ‘Changes to the Laws’ for 2016-2017 are now available for registration. These eight webinar sessions are based off of the updated content provided by FIFA (IFAB) and will emphasize the changes that impact AYSO games. In addition, these webinars will also provide you with up to date coaching ...
  • 1 June 2016: Laws of the Game are in effect The 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The IFAB was at St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff on Saturday 5 March 2016. The amendments to the Laws of the Game approved at this meeting came into force on 1 June 2016. The 2016-2017 Laws of the Game are available on the Laws, Rules & Other Guidance page.  The changes ...
  • 3 May 2016: Message From the Executive Director From: Mike Hoyer Subject: Changes to the Laws of the Game Good Morning All: The last version of the Whistle Stop e-newsletter included a link to updates from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for the FIFA Laws of the Game.   These updates are an overview of the as yet unpublished revised laws of the game.  AYSO and other Youth ...

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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