Referees–Fall Season

Fall 2019–It’s right around the corner–We need you!!!

Opening Weekend–September 7th–is almost here!

Don’t forget to register/re-register as a Volunteer

If you plan on refereeing, please register/re-register as a Volunteer Referee EARLY.  Go to:   and register/re-register as a Volunteer (we no longer need to go through eayso).

If you’re not a certified referee yet, please plan on taking the basic referee course (“Regional Referee Course” or “Reg. Ref. On-Line Companion Course”) before the season starts!

As you probably know, AYSO is built on the concept of volunteering and one of the most important roles that need to be filled is that of the Referee and Assistant Referees.  Many of you have no experience with the game of soccer but don’t let that stop you!  The vast majority of volunteer referees have never played soccer before, but just have the desire to help the Kids of their region experience the fun, excitement, and camaraderie of soccer! Learning how to referee is easy.  It’s just about keeping the kids safe, playing fair, and having fun!

Each Team Needs Referee Volunteers–“STRIVE FOR FIVE”

  • 5U/6U/7U Parents–see info below for “Opening Day Referee Parent Orientation”  A one hour meeting on opening day and you’re good to go!
  • 8U Parent Volunteer Referees–you will need to take the basic Regional Referee course; there are no referee “points” required, but we still need a lot of certified referee parents to help officiate the games. Please take the referee course and volunteer as a referee for your child’s team!
  • 10U-14U Parent Volunteer Referees–need to take the referee course; see “Referee Volunteer Points Program” info below

Each team will want to try and recruit as many referees as they can.

In the younger divisions (5U-7U) its a low key environment with only minimal instruction necessary, but the more parent volunteers a team can get, the better. It’s a great way to get the feel for being out there with the players and helping to keep the game Safe, Fun, and Fair.

In the 8U and above divisions, we start to require the “Regional Referee Certification” which requires completion of an easy course (see below).

Referee Volunteer “Points Program” (10U-14U teams only)

Each team in 10U-14U divisions need to earn 15 volunteer “points” in order to advance in the end-of-season Regional Playoffs.  (See “Referee Volunteer Points Program” on the website.)

The more referees a team can recruit, the easier it is share the workload and earn the required referee points for the 10U-14U divisions. Each team should try and recruit a MINIMUM of three to five volunteer referees (“STRIVE FOR FIVE”) to keep the referee pool growing, ensure there are enough referees to work the games all season long, and share the workload.


If you are NEW to Region 20 AYSO, and are going to volunteer as a referee, there is just a little “pre-season” work to do:

  • Register as a Volunteer Referee with Santa Monica AYSO at:
    • Please register EARLY as a volunteer, don’t wait till last minute before the season starts
    • Go to “Player and Volunteer Registration
    • Complete the “User Accounts and Volunteer Registration” for MY2019
    • Once submitted you will receive an email in a couple days from our background check third party “Sterling Volunteers” or “Verified Volunteers” so don’t throw this away with the spam–you need to respond to this!!!
  • Take the on-line safety courses: “CDC Concussion Awareness Course” and “SafeHaven Course” modules. These can be found at  under “OnLine Courses”
    • You access AYSOU courses by logging in with your inLeague email address and password.
    • These safety classes are found under “Online Courses”
  • Take the basic Regional Referee course that works for you. (See instructions on registering for this below.)

If you are RETURNING to Region 20 AYSO for another great season, and are going to referee, your preseason work includes:

  • Re-register as a Volunteer Referee with Santa Monica AYSO at:
    • Please re-register EARLY and beat the last-minute delays when the season sneaks up on us!
    • Go to “Player and Volunteer Registration
    • Complete the “User Accounts and Volunteer Registration” for MY2019
    • Once submitted you will receive an email in a couple days from our background check third party “Verified Volunteers” or “Sterling Volunteers,” so don’t throw this away with the spam–you need to respond to this!!!
  • If you took the CDC Concussion and SafeHaven modules before 2011, you need to take them again…sorry.
  • If you are not a certified referee yet, take one of the basic referee courses (“Regional Referee Course” or “Regional Referee On-Line Companion Course”).

Signing Up for a Referee Course

Regional Referee (the ‘basic’ course), Intermediate Referee, and Advanced Referee Classes Offered!!!

Please go to  to sign up for classes (but remember, first you must have registered as a volunteer referee with inLeague Santa Monica AYSO) offered right here in Santa Monica, and neighboring communities, for the Regional, Intermediate, or Advanced Referee courses!  They are free to Region 20 AYSO families!

  1. Go to and log in using your inLeague email and password
  2. Click “In Person Courses”
  3. Open “Referee Instructor Led Courses”
  4. Choose the “Sessions” button for either the “Regional Referee Course” which is a full day course (6 hours), or, the “Regional Ref OnLine Companion Course” which is a 4 hour course but requires completion of an on-line referee course pre-requisite before coming to the classroom session (certificate of completion must be brought to in-class session).
    • The on-line referee course modules can be accessed through AYSOU under “Online Courses”
  5. Pick the course/date/time/location that works for you–hopefully you can make one of the Santa Monica offerings but if those dates don’t work you can take the course anywhere–just remind the instructor where you are from (Region 20).

Referee Classes offered in Santa Monica:

  • Aug 24, 9am-3:30pm, at Reed Park Auditorium–Full Day Class (all inclusive, we’ll feed you!)
  • Aug 31, 9am-3:30pm, Reed Park–Full Day Class (lunch served)
  • Sept 4, 6pm-10pm, at Marine Park Auditorium–“On-Line Companion Course (requires prior completion of on-line referee course, all modules and quiz)

“Referee Refresher Evening”–for current Region 20 referees (AND COACHES). All should attend to review the (many) Changes to the LOTG for 2019/20

  • Aug 28, 7pm-9pm at Marine Park Auditorium (I’ll be there at 6:00 if you want to come early with questions!)

“Intermediate Referee Course” or “Advanced Referee Course”

  • Aug 24-25 (two-day course, must complete both days) in Beverly Hills

5U, 6U and 7U PARENTS–we need your help, too !!!

This is the easiest, most entertaining, and most rewarding job in all of AYSO!!!

Let me preface this by saying it’s not really “refereeing,” but more like watching over a big play-date: kids running around in a little pack, laughing and screaming, occasionally making contact with the ball, having snacks.

Learning how to “referee” the youngest divisions (5U-7U) only takes one (early) morning of “instruction” on Opening Day. Opening Day Referee Orientation takes place usually at 7:30 and only takes an hour for you to get the hang of helping out the next generation of FIFA World Cup players.  At these levels it basically boils down to blowing the whistle to start and stop the game, mixed in with little friendly reminders on keeping the game safe for the kids, and how to get the play going again when the ball goes out of play (out of bounds).  We are striving for one adult volunteer per family to participate in officiating–so please plan on coming out for the Opening Day Referee Orientation, on September 7th, 7:30-8:30AM.   You will receive a quick lesson on how to manage the younger games (plus a fashionable new yellow referee t-shirt, hat and whistle).  It’s so easy and fun, plus you get to be out there on the field with the Kids!

  • 5U/6U Parents–meet at Will Rogers Learning Community field, off of 14th (near John Adams Middle School)
  • 7U Parents–meet at McKinley Elementary School field, off Chelsea Ave


Learning to referee the older divisions (8U and above) takes a little more time including either a “full-day” Regional Referee Course, OR, the “half-day” Regional Referee OnLine Companion Course that requires an on-line component (to be finished before coming to the in-class part) as well as the classroom session.  Please go to the list of upcoming courses listed on the “Upcoming Referee Training Course Schedule” link.

“Build Out Line” (For 9U/10U divisions)–NEW VIDEO for 2019!!!

Please take a look at this ***updated 2109 video*** from Area 1P that describes the BOL. There are some NEW changes for 2019/20 for the 9U/10U Division with regard to the ‘Build Out Line’ (BOL).

12U and 14U PARENTS–Referees need to upgrade

Remember, as your child moves up through the older age divisions, every team they play on will need volunteer referees that hopefully have been “upgrading” along the way (from Regional to Intermediate, Intermediate to Advanced, Advanced to National) to understand the nuances of officiating the older players!!!

Everybody must start with the “Regional Referee” certification.  However, after getting a little experience as a “Regional Referee” you will then be ready for the “Intermediate” certification needed for 12U, which requires taking the Intermediate course and an Observation on the field.  After that you will probably  be so hooked on refereeing that you dream of getting yourself prepared to do the 14U games with an upgrade to “Advanced” certification by taking the Advanced course. We hope you do!  Beverly Hills is hosting the Intermediate and Advanced Referee Courses on Aug 24-25.  Please go to the list of upcoming courses listed on the “Upcoming Referee Training Course Schedule” link.


For those of you planning on upgrading to the next level, please contact our Regional Director of Assessments, Charles Corbett, at:

If you are planning on upgrading to Intermediate, we will set up an “Informal Observation” first to see if there are any areas that need improvement and then set up the official “Intermediate Observation” with one of our Region 20 certified Assessors or Mentors.

If you are planning on upgrading to Advanced, we will help facilitate the “Advanced Assessments” with one of Area 1/P’s certified Assessors by putting you in touch with the Area Director of Referee Assessments.

For the requirements necessary to upgrade (age requirements, game counts, courses, etc) please refer to the following link: AYSO Referee Certification Requirements


We have a great Mentor Program consisting of very experienced referees from Region 20 that want to offer their time and feedback if you are interested in growing as a referee and getting more comfortable with the nuances of managing the players (and the sidelines). If you are interested please reach out to Charles Corbett, our Regional Director of Mentoring at:   He will pair you with an experienced referee that will come out and watch your game(s) and give you helpful pointers that will make you a better referee!

We will also have experienced referees walking the fields during the opening weeks of the Fall season who will be available to answer questions and provide guidance and support.  Look for these knowledgeable and helpful Referees (in their distinctive red jerseys) and take advantage of their expertise and experience–feel free to ask questions about things you are unsure of (or confused about).

SELF-SCHEDULING your Referee Matches

When the time comes you will need to self-schedule your matches for the 8U-14U divisions.

For a complete description of self-scheduling rules and guidelines please refer to the following link: Self Scheduling Rules

At 8U and below you can officiate your own child’s matches! At 9U/10U and above, you CANNOT Referee your own child’s game.  If you have signed up for these referee slots, your assignment will most likely be unceremoniously removed.

Scheduling Rules and Guidelines Summary:

  1. If your child is on the HOME team on any given weekend (listed first on the schedule), then you may sign up for the game immediately prior to your child’s team game on that same field.
  2. If your child is on the Home team playing on the first game of the day on a particular field, then you should sign up for the last game of the day.  (I know this hurts, but that’s just the way has to go.)

We ask that parent referee volunteers that are allowed to sign up for their appropriate time slot do so by Monday morning at 9AM for the next weekend’s game.  If your child is not on the team that is supposed to be providing those referees (the HOME team), please do not sign up for that upcoming weekend’s game before 9AM Monday.  We want to give those parents the chance to sign up so they can start “earning points” for their child’s team (more on this later).  After 9AM Monday,  open slots for the coming weekend’s games may be taken by ANY qualified/certified Referee–again, this is from Monday 9AM onward for that next weekend’s games.

Note: Anyone who signs up for the “wrong” slot (accidents happen, plus it takes a while to figure out “the system”) will be removed from the schedule for that game. Please remember to double-check the referee schedule later in the week to confirm that you are indeed scheduled for that particular game. You may have been “bumped”  and the slot belongs to someone else. I apologize in advance for mistakes that may happen early in the season as we fine-tune “the system.”

Self-Scheduling Problems

When the season gets going, some of you may encounter issues with seeing 8U/9U and older games.  If so, please contact us so that we can look into the issue.  There have been many changes at AYSO’s National office with how certifications were handled, so this may be the cause.

Reasons that you may not be able to schedule include:  Not Registered Completely or Registered Incorrectly

All volunteer referees must be registered (or-re-register) with our inLeague. Go to “Player and Volunteer Registration.”    This needs to be done at the beginning of every year.  A lot of referees may be pending MY2019 registration, because it takes a few days to go through the system and as the season draws nearer, the backlog of registrants swill grow! So register/re-register EARLY!!    By week #3 into the Fall season, if you have not completed registration, then you may not be able to self schedule.  Please make sure therefore, to complete your registration/re-registration at  inLeague under “Player and Volunteer Registration.”    And do this EARLY

Thank you everyone for all your support in becoming Volunteer Referees. We are looking forward to a great Fall season.

Play On!