“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 1 Referee website provides all volunteers in Section 1 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 1 Referee Administrator.


News Alert!!

  • Laws of the Game Online Videos Check out the newest videos on the USSF YouTube channel, found here. This month’s videos include the “Spirit of the Game” and “Handling”, both presented by 1998 World Cup Referee Esse Baharmast from National Camp in Phoenix.
  • IFAB sets the AGM agenda for 3 Mar 2017 IFAB agenda for their next AGM (March 3, 2017) at http://static-3eb8.kxcdn.com/documents/223/ifab-agenda-131th-FINAL-VIEW-NEW.pdf
  • 26 Jan: Columbia Park is closed this weekend – Extra Playoffs to be rescheduled Section 1 Extra Playoffs will be rescheduled We received notification this morning that, as a result of last week’s unprecedented rainfall, the City of Torrance has closed all the fields at Columbia Park for this weekend. Unfortunately, the Section 1 EXTRA Playoff matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday Jan 28-29 are cancelled. The EXTRA PLAYOFFS have been ...

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Summary of the 2016 Changes To the Laws of the Game

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

2016 Annual Referee Update

The Annual Referee Update presented at the Section 1/10/11 Expo in Ontario 1-3 Apr 2016 is available online. Please take a moment and become familiar with the latest information on the National Referee Program.  Questions?  Contact your Referee Administrator.

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 1 Director of Referee Instruction.

2016 Goals and Objectives

  • Implement the AYSO National Referee Program in response to the needs of AYSO Volunteers in Section 1
  • Promote Referee Assessment and Instruction for all AYSO Referees
  • Provide officials of the highest caliber for Section programs
  • Support the special development needs of Women Referees
  • Promote Referee mentoring, development and retention

Section 1 Referee Staff

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


Updated: January 30, 2017 at 6:55 PM