AYSO referee training is designed to provide education to referees and prospective referees that will allow them to officiate AYSO soccer matches in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game and the AYSO National Rules and Regulations. It is the intent of the AYSO National Referee Program to provide practical, incremental referee training that will ensure consistency throughout AYSO. To register for a course, visit eAYSO. Enter your eAYSO user name and password and, in the menu bar, click on “Lookup” and select “Course”. Requirements for upgrades as a Referee, a Referee Instructor and a Referee Assessor may be found in the Appendix of the National Referee Program Manual. Questions on training? Contact Sandy Wright, Section One Director of Referee Instruction.
AYSO Section One Advanced Referee Instructor Evaluation Policy and Procedure
In order to maintain consistency at the highest levels of instruction within Section One, this policy and procedure shall be utilized for all Advanced Referee Instructor evaluations. This policy as well as the current list of Advanced Referee Instructor Evaluators in Section One may be found using the links below:
- Section One Advanced Referee Instructor Evaluation Policy and Procedure — Updated 31 July 2015
- Section One Referee Instructor Evaluator List — Updated 19 Apr 2016
Questions on an Evaluation? Contact Sandy Wright, Section One Director of Referee Instruction.
Upcoming Upper Level Referee Training in Section One
Area Referee Information
- Area 1B: Diamond Bar and Pomona Valley
- Area 1C: W San Gabriel Valley
- Area 1D: Beach Cities
- Area 1F: Southwest Los Angeles County
- Area 1G: Inland Empire
- Area 1H: Coachella Valley
- Area 1N: San Bernardino County
- Area 1P: Central and West Los Angeles
- Area 1R: W Riverside County
- Area 1S: W Arizona, E California, S Nevada
- Area 1U: E San Gabriel and W Pomona Valley
24-26 June 2016: Ken Aston Referee Camp
Please take a moment and consider attend the National Referee Course at the 2016 Ken Aston Referee Camp on 24-26 June. 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 greatly refined. “This is the best AYSO training session I have ever attended. The training was so much more than I expected.” — Frequent comment heard from attendees
Attendees benefit from top-level instructors, many of whom learned the craft from renowned FIFA referee, Ken Aston. Many of the instructors hold Section and National positions and are pledged to keeping Ken Aston’s Vision of the Spirit of the Game alive making this an unparalleled learning experience for those in attendance. Attendees leave with a renewed sense of pride, a more refined understanding of how to contribute to their local organizations, and an energized spirit. Kim Oberle will be back as Principal Instructor at the Ken Aston Camps this year.
Take a few minutes and peruse the course offerings at www.kenastoncamps.org. You can register for the National Referee Course by clicking this link. Your Region or Area may reimburse the expense upon completing the course; check with your Area Referee Administrator.
July 15-17, 2016: Area 11L Summer Referee Training Conference
The Area 11L January Referee Training Conference July 15-17, 2016 is at El Toro High School, 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest, CA.We have a full range of referee classes, taught by some of the finest instructors in Southern California. Intermediate or higher referees should consider the Referee Instructor Course.
Simply click on the course heading to view detailed course and location information, a student preparation message (for upgrade courses), and an online registration link.
Please do NOT register in eAYSO. Use the online registration link.
You will need to be a registered AYSO volunteer to sign up as well as to get course credit. If you do not have an AYSO ID #, please create an account at www.eayso.org. If you need help, here are detailed Volunteer Application Form instructions.
Heads-Up: Concussion Awareness & Safety Training
Many States have recently passed Concussion Awareness & Safety Laws. Key elements from State legislation:
- Information: Need to inform parents and players about concussions.
- Training: Require Concussion Awareness Training for “Officials” (e.g., Coaches, Referees, RCs, etc.) similar to the Center for Disease Control’s online course.
- Participation Release: Most laws require a “Medical Release” before a player suspected of having a concussion may return to play.
Best practices and policies are being developed for AYSO as a whole and for local programs impacted by new laws. What to expect in AYSO’s Concussion Awareness & Safety Practices & Policies:
- AYSO/CDC Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet – distribution & signature of Parent/Athlete.
- Concussion Awareness Training utilizing materials from CDC’s Online Course – Coaches, Referees, Region/Area/Section Board Members.
- Signed Participation Release Form before player suspected of concussion may return to participate.
Please watch for the implementation of the new Concussion Awareness and Safety Best Practices and Policies for AYSO and for your Region, Area and Section. AYSO has partnered with the CDC to use the Heads Up program for concussion awareness materials. Go to ayso.org for more information or take the CDC HeadsUp Training. When you’ve completed the training, print the Certificate of Completion and send to Karen Mihara at AYSO National Office to receive credit for this training.
The Importance of Establishing Good Match Rapport
Paul Castellani, Area 1S Referee Administrator, offers his thoughts on the importance of understanding and knowing how to defuse and control, if not eliminate, the problems that come with more competitive matches. As competition increases, players acquire improved skills and a stronger attitude toward winning, Referees must be prepared for the increased emotions and control problems. Referees that are unprepared contribute to problems to a greater extent than anyone would expect. This can be remedied by proper continuous education. Please read this short memorandum Paul has provided.
AYSO maintains an online library of information, lesson plans, exams and forms for Referee Instructors.
As the referee upgrade courses are increasing in numbers, instructors are asking candidate to take the Pre-test to help them prepare. Pre-tests are located in the section “Referee Pre-Test” and don’t require a password.Your Section Referee Administrator or Section Director of Referee Instruction have the passwords for the Pre-test Answer Keys.
eAYSO is the online registration system that AYSO provides for volunteers to register annually, to register for courses in their area of interest and many other functions.
Safe Haven Training
Becoming Safe Haven™ certified may take a little time, but AYSO families know their child’s safety is worth it. Safe Haven™ is both a child and volunteer protection program. It was the first of its kind in youth sports. Volunteer protection comes into play as a result of volunteer training, certification and continuing education. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides certain legal protections for volunteers who have been trained and certified and act in accordance with a written job description. Safe Haven includes these three elements, giving volunteers the highest degree of protection available under the law. Safe Haven™ training is one of the courses you can take online. You will need to enter your eASYO ID and last name to access this training.
Updated: May 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM