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Referees are Volunteers

As with all of the roles at AYSO Region 18, ALL OF OUR REFEREES ARE VOLUNTEERS.  Please be kind to and respectful of all referees.  They are fellow parents and friends from our community, who are donating their valuable free time to the league, to help provide high-quality, low-cost soccer for all of our kids.  Please thank them for donating their weekends for our kids.

Please note that all volunteers must register as a volunteer for the current season with AYSO18
(Volunteer Instructions). 

AYSO Referee Training Requirements  

Below is a chart outlining the Certification Classes that must be completed to become a Referee for each Division of AYSO.  In addition, we have an entire page with details on the Referee Training Classes.  Please visit our Referee Training Classes page for more details on how to register for classes and a list of some local class options.


Referee Certification Requirements*






 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest,
8U Official



 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Regional Referee



 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Intermediate Referee

Regional Referee


 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Advanced Referee

Intermediate Referee


 Safe Haven, CDC Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, National Referee

Advanced Referee


Player Development Initiatives 

This year, Region 18 will incorporate several modifications focusing on player development in 6U-10U divisions. Referees will need to understand these initiatives in the 7U-10U divisions. Please review the ten-minute video, which explains these modifications. If you have questions, please review the PowerPoint as it comprehensively covers the Player Development Initiatives.

Referee Scheduling System

The Referee Scheduling System (RSS) will be available for the Spring AYSO season. 

To access to RSS, click here:        .

If you are having any difficulty with RSS, the RSS User Guide can be found here: 


AYSO Guidance for Referees, Coaches, Other Volunteers, & Parents

Laws of the Game 20/21 AYSO Addendum

AYSO National Rules & Regulations
This is the official version of the AYSO Rules & Regulations. The National Rules & Regulations describe how AYSO conducts age specific programs and games including expectations for participation, details on team formation and registration requirements.  These rules may be amended or supplemented by Section and/or Area rules.

2020-2021 AYSO Section 1 Rules and Regulations
All play within Section 1 will be in accordance with to the current FIFA Laws of the Game, AYSO National Rules and Regulations and these Section 1 Rules and Regulations.

UPDATE: By direction of the Section 1 Board of Directors, effective 12 Mar 2018, heading is not permitted in 12U for all Programs (Core, Extra and All-Star).

Youth Referee Program

Manual for Youth Referees

Spirit of the Game and Philosophy of Refereeing

Ready, Set, Ref! - a great primer on officiating in AYSO - coming soon


2020-2021 Laws of the Game

National Partners

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P.O. Box 3597 
Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Email Us: [email protected]
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