• 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 ...
  • The IFAB 2017 Laws of the Game The 131st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The IFAB took place 3 March 2017 at Wembley Stadium agreeing on a fairer game strategy.  Read more… 2017-2018 FIFA Laws Of The Game The 131st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The IFAB was held at Wembley Stadium on Friday 3 March 2017. The amendments to the Laws of the Game approved at ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • AP Interview with Mark Clattenburg All referees, no matter what badge level, deal with the same issues…  Read this interview with Referee Mark Clattenburg as he opens up on coping with errors.
  • Kari Seitz Accepts a Position with FIFA! The U.S. Soccer Referee Program’s own Kari Seitz has accepted a position with FIFA beginning October 1. Seitz will be the Senior Manager of Referees responsible for leading FIFA women referees. “I am very proud to join the FIFA referee department as a product of the U.S. Soccer program,” commented Seitz. “I know my 14-year successful ...
  • Laws of the Game Video Series Check out the newest video in the new Laws of the Game video series on our YouTube channel, found here. This month’s video features Referee Signals. A new video will be released each month of 2016 as a resource for officials and continuing education.
  • 6 June 2016: Updated National Rules and Regulations: Heading the Ball The 2016 version of the AYSO National Rules & Regulations was approved at NAGM in May 2016. The National Rules & Regulations describe how AYSO conducts age specific programs and games including expectations for participation, details on team formation and registration requirements. Of special note is the anticipated update to address US Soccer mandates on heading ...
  • Updated Instructional Materials for 2016 LOTG Updates to AYSO referee training materials for the 2016 updates to the Laws of the Game are now available. 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. NOTE: If you use existing exams (not the updates provided below), ...
  • 2016-2017 FIFA Laws – Summary of Changes Webinar Now Available Exclusive webinars that will summarize FIFA’s recent ‘Changes to the Laws’ for 2016-2017 are now available for registration. These eight webinar sessions are based off of the updated content provided by FIFA (IFAB) and will emphasize the changes that impact AYSO games. In addition, these webinars will also provide you with up to date coaching ...
  • 1 June 2016: Laws of the Game are in effect The 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The IFAB was at St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff on Saturday 5 March 2016. The amendments to the Laws of the Game approved at this meeting came into force on 1 June 2016. The 2016-2017 Laws of the Game are available on the Laws, Rules & Other Guidance page.  The changes ...
  • 3 May 2016: Message From the Executive Director From: Mike Hoyer Subject: Changes to the Laws of the Game Good Morning All: The last version of the Whistle Stop e-newsletter included a link to updates from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for the FIFA Laws of the Game.   These updates are an overview of the as yet unpublished revised laws of the game.  AYSO and other Youth ...
  • 13 Apr 2016: Laws of the Game 2016/17 are available The 130th IFAB AGM held in Cardiff on 5 March 2016 unanimously approved the IFAB Technical Subcommittee’s extensive revision of the Laws of the Game. This revision is probably the most comprehensive in The IFAB’s 130 year history and has reorganised and updated the Laws of the Game book to make it far more easy to ...
  • June 24-26, 2016: Ken Aston Camp 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 ...
  • 15 Feb 2016: New Rules and Regulations: Heading the Ball February 15, 2016 I. HEADING THE BALL 1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games. Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week ...
  • Feb 2016: Summary of National Board of Directors Actions New language was added and approved to the Rules and Regulations I.I.1-3 paragraph to accommodate U.S. Soccer’s mandates on heading including a ban on heading in U-12 or U-11 and younger along with restrictions during training for U-14. Task forces will be formed to assist in the implementation and communication plans. Note: This rule change is ...
  • 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.  
  • January 29-31, 2016: Area 11L January Referee Training Conference The Area 11L January Referee Training Conference January 29-31, 2016 is at Laguna Hills High School 25401 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills 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. Saturday Regional Referee Course Sunday Regional Referee ...
  • 2016 National Games in Florida Planning for the 2016 National Games is well underway under the leadership of Samantha Schrum from the National Office.  The goal is to provide the best possible AYSO experience for everyone involved, from the players to the many referees who will help create a great environment for the children. One significant challenge that we need to ...
  • Additional Information About Upcoming Player Safety Campaign CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 2015) – Earlier today, a joint statement was issued regarding the fact that a resolution has been reached in the concussion litigation filed in August of 2014 against U.S. Soccer, United States Youth Soccer Association, American Youth Soccer Organization, US Club Soccer and the California Youth Soccer Association. AYSO and other youth soccer ...
  • Videos for New Referees USSF has published some new videos under the heading “Advice to New Referees”.  Available at the Section 1 Referee Training page  http://ayso1ref.com/videos.
  • AYSO edition of the 2015 LOTG available… The link on AYSO.ORG for the LOTG has been changed so that it brings up the AYSO edition of the LOTG and does not require login or a password to obtain. You can download the AYSO LOTG directly from: http://www.ayso.org/Assets/For+Volunteers/Referees/Soccer+Governing+Rules/FIFA-LOTG-090415-2015-2016.pdf or from our Laws, Rules & Other Guidance page.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 is AYSO’s Official Birthday! We have some big plans for AYSO’s Official Birthday and want all AYSO players, volunteers, fans, families and alumni to join in on the fun! To get this birthday party started, we’re asking AYSO fans all over the country to #WearYourAYSO — wear your AYSO gear with pride on our birthday. This goes for you too ...
  • Offside exercises for assistant referees There’s been a lot of offside discussions recently. Is a player making attempt to play the ball? Is it a deliberate play or a save? Offside is the main task of the assistant referee, but it’s also quite difficult. Not just the rare situations, but also situations where both defenders and attackers are moving. Want ...
  • 18 Jul: New USSF Recommendations for Referee Skin Care News Jul 18, 2015 As part of U.S. Soccer’s commitment to health and safety, our medical and referee experts have prepared the following recommendations for the referee community http://www.ussoccer.com/referees/resource-center/refereeing and incorporated them into our referee education materials. In the interest of health and safety, U.S. Soccer recommends that match officials practice the following skin care guidelines: • Consider ...
  • 31 Jul – 2 Aug: Areas 1H, N, R, S Super Camp Areas 1H-N-R-S are hosting a Super Camp 31 Jul – 2 Aug at Stokoe Elementary School, 4501 Ambs Dr., Riverside (map & directions).  Coaching, Management and Referee courses will be offered! Download the flyer (click here) and register on eASYO.  Questions?  For information contact Warren Lucio at refereeadmin@ayso1r.org.
  • 18 Jun: 2015 Rules, Regulations and Laws of the Game posted The 129th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place in Belfast on 28 February 2015. The amendments to the Laws of the Game approved at this meeting. These came into force on 1 June 2015. The National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) took place in Scottsdale, AZ on 23 May 2015. Amendments ...
  • 24-26 July Section One Roadshow, Hawthorne, CA This summer’s Section 1 Roadshow is offering a full range of Referee, Coach and Management courses at Dana Middle School, 5504 West 135th Street, Hawthorne, CA (map click here) on July 24-26, 2015. Details available at http://www.aysosection1.org/section_roadshow2.html.
  • 17-19 July: Area 11L Summer Referee Training Conference This year’s Area 11L Summer Referee Training Conference will be July 17-19 at Laguna Hills High School, 25401 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA. Get the details on the Referee Training page.
  • 15 Apr: Ken Aston Cup Cancelled The 2015 Ken Aston Cup has been canceled. Unfortunately, discussions for the Cup’s operations and future were concluded too late to allow us adequate time to organize successfully. We look forward to an early start regarding the 2016 Ken Aston Cup. We will advise you of its details as early next season as they are ...
  • 19 & 26 Apr: Area 1P Referee Course Offerings Area 1P is offering Intermediate (roster # 201500478) and Advanced (roster # 201500479) referee courses at Beverly Hills High School (directions) on Sundays 4/19 & 4/26. The first day (4/19) attendees will take a written exam and go over the answers, and the advanced candidates will also take the fitness test. The second day (4/26) the ...
  • 28 Mar: 2015 Annual Referee Review at EXPO The Annual Referee Review was presented at the Section 1/10/11 EXPO in San Diego 27-29 Mar 2015 is available online. Please take a moment and become familiar with the latest information on the National Referee Program.
  • 26-28 June 2015: Ken Aston Camp at Chapman University in Orange, CA   The 2015 Ken Aston Camp website is open and accepting registrations at https://kenastoncamps.org/. 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.  Attendees skill level is enhanced and their understanding ...
  • 2 Mar: 2015 Ken Aston Cup   Referees, Want to improve your referee skills and receive referee feedback from some of AYSO’s most experienced referee assessors? Want to engage in some friendly “competition” with other referees? If you have not already registered, please sign up for the 2015 Ken Aston Cup! The Ken Aston Cup The Ken Aston Cup is an annual AYSO referee competition ...
  • 27 Feb: All you need to know about the IFAB (FIFA.com)   The items up for decision this year include: – The possibility of a fourth substitution in extra time – A decision on the “triple punishment” (Law 12) of sending off, penalty and suspension – The potential use of electronic performance and tracking systems – A proposal for greater flexibility in the use of substitutions in grassroots/recreational football Other items to ...
  • 11 Nov: AYSO Directive on the Use of Vanishing Marking Foam The AYSO Store now sells the Vanishing Marking Foam (vanishing spray) which soccer referees use to mark where players may stand during the taking of a free kick. The AYSO Store carries this product because they have other customers which may be interested in buying the spray. FIFA allows the use of vanishing spray to ...

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