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Becoming A Referee

Here’s what you need to do to become a Region 15 Referee!

Step 1:
Submit an AYSO VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

This is something every AYSO volunteer must do every year.

Start by checking out this page – “Apply to Volunteer” – for some important info. Then connect directly to the Sports Connect (formerly Blue Sombrero) registration system, where you can create or log into your account and submit an application.

Step 2
Get Trained to be a Referre (in person)

  • to ref for 6U thru 8U:  you’ll need the “6U – 8U” Referee Course
  • to ref for 10U and Older (new to reffing):  you’ll need the “Regional” Referee Course
  • to ref for 10U and Older (reffed 6U – 8U prior): you’ll need the “8U to Regional Upgrade” Referee Course
  • to ref 12U and Older (reffed Regional prior): you’ll need the “Intermediate” Referee Course recommended

Register for all courses at AYSOU.org – you use the same login for AYSOU as you do for Sports Connect, so you must have your AYSO Volunteer Application submitted (Step 1, above) before creating your AYSOU.org account.

Step 3
Complete AYSO's SAFE HAVEN training (in person)

Coaches must take this in person – online is NOT sufficient. To find a course search AYSOU, as follows:

  1. Be sure to have submitted the National Volunteer Application, or else you won’t be able to access AYSOU.
  2. Go to AYSO’s online training center (AYSO U) with this link: http://www.aysou.org
  3. Enter your login information from Sports Connect (formerly Blue Sombrero).
  4. To register for an in-person course, click on My Courses > Instructor-Led Courses > Safe Haven.

Note to long-time coaches: You only have to take Safe Haven once, not annually. That said, if you took Safe Haven before 2013, you will need to update your credentials by taking the new version of the class. Looking at your course history (in eAYSO or AYSOU), you will satisfy this requirement if your transcript shows credit for the class entitled “AYSO’s Safe Haven,” not “Safe Haven – Coach.”

Step 4
Complete AYSO's CONCUSSION AWARENESS course (online)

  1. Be sure to have submitted the National Volunteer Application, or else you won’t be able to access AYSOU.
  2. Go to AYSO’s online training center (AYSO U) with this link: http://www.aysou.org
  3. Enter your login information from Sports Connect (formerly Blue Sombrero).
  4. In AYSOU, click on My Courses > CDC Concussion Course.

Note to longtime volunteers: You only have to take Concussion Awareness once, not annually.

Step 5
Complete the SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST training (online - NEW IN 2020)

Once you complete these five steps, register your player at Sports Connect (formerly Blue Sombrero) and check “Coach” when asked to volunteer. You should also email the Division Coach Administrator for your player’s division.

Referee Learning Resources 

Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a Referee  

Q: I’ve never played soccer before; can I (or my spouse) really become a referee? 
YES, every year in Region 15 we train over 100 moms and dads like you to help their kids learn the sport of soccer and keep it a Fun, Fair and Safe experience.  Try it.  We’ll help you every step of the way and it may become a real passion for you and it is great exercise! 

Q: How much time will this take?
After you attend the training course, the time commitments are usually about 1 – 1½ hours, 2 – 3 times per month during the season.  We are very flexible to accommodate travel schedules and other children’s game commitments.  This is usually much less time than a coaching position and still allows you to volunteer to help your child’s soccer experience.  Generally there are 2 or 3 referees for each team so you do not need to ref every week.

Q: Can I start out as an Assistant Referee?
In the younger age groups (U7/U8) there is only 1 Referee per game and two Assistant Referees.  At this level all that is required are the skills (and the patience) of a parent at a play group: directing traffic, encouraging the kids to play nicely, making sure everyone shares the toys, and stopping things if there is a boo-boo. It is very easy and straightforward.  At U10 the games are competitive and must have a  Referee who is assisted by 2 Assistant Referees.  We can schedule you to be an Assistant Referee for your first few games to learn the requirements and gain confidence.  Our training covers both positions.

 Q: Can I ref my younger sibling’s game?  How old must I be to referee?
YES, becoming an AYSO referee is a great way for soccer players to learn critical leadership, decision making and communication skills.  You can referee a younger sibling’s game as long as you meet the requirements (minimum age of 10 for U6/U7/U8 games and minimum age of 12 for U9/U10 games).  Community service hour worksheets are gladly signed by the referee coordinators.

Q: English is not my first language; will I be able to understand the training class?
YES, our instructors are trained to teach the material in a way that is easy to understand.  The online training is self-paced.

Q: Do I need to pre-register for the training course?  Must I provide my Social Security Number?
YES, these are required.  Please see the instructions on the other side.  SSNs are required by AYSO.  These are used only by the AYSO National Office and are never printed on your form.  Sorry, if you do not have a SSN, you cannot be a volunteer for AYSO.

Q: I took the One Night class years ago and have a U8 Referee Badge, what should I do? To ref in U9/10 you must have the Regional Referee badge.  
Take the Basic Referee Online Training course and attend the course on the 22nd. There is much new material not covered previously that you need to know, and this must be reviewed in the classroom session.

Q: Whoaa, Wait a minute: Can’t I just use AYSO as a Babysitting service?  Do I really need to Volunteer my time?
Yes, AYSO is an all-volunteer organization.  You obviously care about your child. This is a youth development program run by volunteers. Who would be better than a concerned parent like you?  And nothing beats the smiles and “Thanks Ref” after a job well done!  

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AYSO Region 15 Central Torrance

P. O. Box 11423 
Torrance, California 90503

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 310-817-4700
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