“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!!

  • IFAB Posts 2018/19 Law Changes An outline of the main changes / clarifications included in the 2018 Laws of the Game has been released.  Read about it here.
  • Oct/Nov Webinars: Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7901629703905511170 Check Your Date – Drop down Dates; We will review the responsibilities of a Regional Referee Administrator focusing on the activities that are key to managing a Regional Referee Program. Topics include Referee: Assignments, Budget, ...
  • 23-25 June 2017: Ken Aston Soccer Referee Camp The Ken Aston Camp will held this year at Chapman University in Orange, CA on 23-25 June 2017.  For those unfamiliar, 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. Participants skill ...

News Archive…


2017 Annual Referee Update

The 2018 Annual Referee Update, presented at the Western States AYSO EXPO in Las Vegas 2-4 March is available for download here.


Summary of the 2017 Changes To the Laws of the Game

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


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.

2017 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

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Updated: March 8, 2018 at 5:25 PM