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 1 Director of Referee Instruction.

AYSO Section 1 Advanced Referee Instructor Evaluation Policy and Procedure

In order to maintain consistency at the highest levels of instruction within Section 1, 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 1 may be found using the links below:

Questions on an Evaluation? Contact Sandy Wright, Section 1 Director of Referee Instruction.

Upcoming Upper Level Referee Training in Section 1

Ready to upgrade your skills? Many Advanced and National Referee courses are being offered in and around Section 1. You can look one up and register for courses online at eAYSO or contact the instructor directly. Each course has limited seating so sign up early!

Course listing here…

Area Referee Information

2017 Updated Instructional Materials for AYSO NR&R

Updates to AYSO National Rules and Regulations in Feb 2017 introduced three key changes:

  • Throw-in (6U & 8U)
  • Goalkeeper Punts (9U to 12U)
  • Build-Out Line (9U & 10U)

This summary of these changes as presented at the 2017 Western States EXPO are intended to supplement those that are currently published on AYSO.org until such time as those materials are updated. Please review these new materials prior to use.

Comments and suggestions?  Contact the Section Director of Referee Instruction Sandy Wright.

2016-2017 Updated Instructional Materials for 2016 LOTG

Updates to AYSO referee training materials for the 2016 updates to the Laws of the Game are now published on AYSO.org. Please review these updated materials prior to use.  As you consider these changes, please emphasize to the students that, at our level, the changes are minimal.

Updated AYSO Handouts (to be published soon on AYSO.org)

NOTE: If you use old exams (numbered 1308a or 1308b), they are to be used without change giving consideration when grading for interpretations that arise due to the changes to the 2016 LOTG.

Comments and suggestions?  Contact the Section Director of Referee Instruction Sandy Wright.

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:

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 Help for Instructors

AYSO Training Manuals

 AYSO maintains a library of online training for all registered volunteers. You will need your AYSO ID number to access the library. You can look up your ID number on www.eayso.org.

Referee Course Pre-Tests

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: April 5, 2017 at 10:47 AM