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 AYSOU.  Enter your AYSO user name and password and access short How-To tutorials anytime for free in your My Courses tab on your AYSOU navigation menu. . 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 Al Prado, 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 Al Prado, Section 1 Director of Referee Instruction.


Summer Referee Training Opportunity

The Area 11L Referee Training Conference July 28-29, 2018 will be held at Trabuco Hills High School, 27501 Mustang Run, Mission Viejo CA. This is an opportunity to further develop your referee skills in classes taught by some of the finest instructors in Southern California. For detailed course and location information, simply click here.


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 AYSOU.  Click on “Live Courses” and scroll to see all offerings.

Area Referee Information


Updated 2018 AYSO Player Development Initiative Implementation

This presentation of these changes  covers the referee implementation of 10U and 12U PDI in Section 1.  Also available in PDF format.

Additionally, our own Area 1P staff has created a video presentation of the implementation of the Build-Out Line for Coaches & Referees. — Special shout-out to Tony Robinson and James Bisely for making this available.

NOTE: Referee Course Lesson Plans, Presentations, Handouts and Exams are being updated for 2018.  Download your Course materials on AYSOU under Resources.  Contact Section Director of Referee Instruction Al Prado for passwords to Exams.

Comments or suggestions?  Contact the Section Director of Referee Instruction Al Prado.


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 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

All current information on Blue Sombrero and AYSOU is available at http://www.aysonational.org/Default.aspx?tabid=917680.AYSO maintains an online library of Referee and Assessor Course lesson plans & exams and Instructor Course materials in AYSOU. Referee Forms are also available onlineArea Director of Referee Instruction or the Section 1 Director of Referee Instruction.

AYSO Training Manuals

AYSO maintains a library of online training for all registered volunteers on AYSOU.

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.


Registration is on your Regional Blue Sombrero website

Blue Sombrero 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.  You can find your Region’s site by going to https://ayso.bluesombrero.com/regionXXX where XXX is your Region number.

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 at AYSOU. You will need to login and click on “My Courses” then open the “AYSO’s Safe Haven Course”.


Updated: August 9, 2018 at 10:21 AM