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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). 

Returning Ref Meeting 09/14/23:ayso18 returning referee meeting 2023final.pptx

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 pagePlease visit our Accessing Referee Training Classes through  AYSOU for more details on how to register for classes and finding the most up-to-date list of local class options.


Referee Certification Requirements*






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



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

Recommended:  SafeSport, LiveScan



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

Required:  SafeSport, LiveScan

Regional Referee


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

Required:  SafeSport, LiveScan

Intermediate Referee


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

Required:  SafeSport, LiveScan

Advanced Referee

Referee Uniform/Equipment Requests

New or Returning Referee and need uniform or equipment?  Fill out the form here and our Uniform Coordinator will arrange pick up or drop off.  Please allow 3-5 days as everything is in storage and will need to be picked up first. 

Player Development Initiatives 

Region 18 incorporates several modifications focusing on player development in 6U-10U divisions. Referees will need to understand these initiatives in the 7U-10U diusing aysou 20190901.pdfvisions. 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. You may also reach out directly to [email protected] with questions.

Referee Scheduling System

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

To access to RSS, click here:        .

If you are having any difficulty with RSS, the RSS Quick Start User Guide can be found here: rss quick start guide 8.22.pdf

The complete RSS User Guide can be found here: rss user's guide (v18)[38718] 8-22.pdf

Specific questions not answered through the user guide, reach out to [email protected]


AYSO Guidance for Referees, Coaches, Other Volunteers, & Parents: While this has not been updated in a few years, it is an excellent guide for new and experienced refs, parents and coaches to read regarding the basics of the game.

AYSO Referee Guideline: 2022-2023 Excellent summary of LOTG with simplified interpretations and spirit of the law.

AYSO Section 1 Rules and Regulations 22 and 23 : Governance document for AYSO Rules and Regs 2022 and 2023

Manual for Youth Referees: This is tailored to the youth ref in a short 13 page document. Useful Primer for both new youth refs and their parents.

advice-to-referees-2000.pdf Great tool for every ref. Provides a lot of tables and charts and advice in every area. Goes far beyond just the Laws.


2022-2023 Laws of the Game: This is the FIFA LOTG, the bible for referees

ifab_laws_of_the_game_practical_guidelines 1.pdf Great companion source for LOTG as well as Advice to Referees in previous section

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P.O. Box 3597 
Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Email Us: [email protected]
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