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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!!

  • AYSO edition of the 2015 LOTG available… The link on AYSO.ORG for the LOTG has been changed so that it brings up the AYSO edition of the LOTG and does not require login or a password to obtain. You can download the AYSO LOTG directly from: http://www.ayso.org/Assets/For+Volunteers/Referees/Soccer+Governing+Rules/FIFA-LOTG-090415-2015-2016.pdf or from our Laws, Rules & Other Guidance page.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 is AYSO’s Official Birthday! We have some big plans for AYSO’s Official Birthday and want all AYSO players, volunteers, fans, families and alumni to join in on the fun! To get this birthday party started, we’re asking AYSO fans all over the country to #WearYourAYSO — wear your AYSO gear with pride on our birthday. This goes for you too ...
  • Offside exercises for assistant referees There’s been a lot of offside discussions recently. Is a player making attempt to play the ball? Is it a deliberate play or a save? Offside is the main task of the assistant referee, but it’s also quite difficult. Not just the rare situations, but also situations where both defenders and attackers are moving. Want ...

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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 2015 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


(left to right: Rich Fichtelman, Rick Roberts, Jody Kinsey, Sandy Wright)

Updated: September 16, 2015 at 10:54 PM

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