CAMDEN AYSO REGION 918: Referee Info

Becoming a Referee

Becoming A Referee

Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

Referees are critical to soccer - the game can't be played without them. The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. He is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.

The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.      

Please contact Scott Dunfield or Mike Nobis for more information!

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Referee Job Description

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The AYSO volunteer position of referee is intended to manage soccer matches played between

teams of youth players in the age groups from U-5 to U-19 according to the AYSO National

Rules and Regulations, the FIFA Laws of the Game and the training curriculum as specified in

the AYSO National Referee Program. The referee is expected to cooperate with coaches and

other officials to develop a positive self- image in the players and to provide a good role model

for all AYSO participants.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The referee is expected to:

1. Support the AYSO National Referee Program in both specifics and spirit;

2. Attend regional referee meetings before and during the season as required;

3. Attend specific referee training courses to develop refereeing skills;

4. Attend referee refresher courses (continuing education training) as necessary to maintain

AYSO rules, the FIFA Law knowledge, and to become familiar with changes;

5. Officiate matches to which he/she is assigned according to the AYSO rules, the FIFA Laws

and prevailing guidelines;

6. Keep a record of each match he/she officiates and make special reports as necessary;

7. Support the AYSO philosophies;

8. Support the regional commissioner and staff;

9. Cooperate with the regional referee administrator and referee staff on issues pertaining to


10. Present a healthy environment and model by refraining from consuming alcoholic beverages

or using tobacco products in the immediate vicinity of the soccer fields; and

11. Carry out any other refereeing tasks as necessary.


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Qualifications and Desired Skills

To be considered for the position of referee, the applicant must:

1. Successfully pass a screening, including a background check;

2. Annually submit a Volunteer Application Form and be approved as a volunteer in an AYSO


3. Complete AYSO referee certification.

4. Complete AYSO Safe Haven Referee Certification.

5. Be reliable;

6. Have an interest in helping children;

7. Have good character;

8. Be interested in promoting the benefits of youth sports, especially soccer; and

9. Be physically capable.

Supervision Protocols

While performing as the referee, the volunteer is:

1. Subject to the bylaws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines of AYSO;

2. Under the overall authority of and directly supervised by the regional referee administrator,

and supervised indirectly by the regional commissioner; and

3. To maintain the recommended adult to child supervision ratio of 1:8 or less; that is one adult

for every eight or fewer children and two adults (one of whom may be the coach and one of

whom should be of the same gender as the group) present at all times. For the protection of

both the children and the volunteer, no volunteer should permit himself or herself to be

alone with any child or group of children (except his or her own) during AYSO-sponsored


Time Commitment

The anticipated time commitment for a referee is a full year. The estimated hours to fulfill duties

by month shall be filled in by the regional referee administrator:

Jan: hrs. Feb: hrs. Mar: hrs. Apr: hrs. May: hrs. Jun: hrs.


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Jul: hrs. Aug: hrs. Sep: hrs. Oct: hrs. Nov: hrs. Dec: hrs.

Orientation, Training, Certification and Continued Education Provided

To prepare a volunteer for the position of referee, AYSO will offer the following referee

educational opportunities that volunteer referees are expected to take advantage of and

participate in, as appropriate.

1. Orientation by the regional referee administrator;

2. Various referee track workshops at the annual Section Conferences;

3. Referee training classes: U-8 official, assistant referee, basic referee, intermediate referee,

advanced referee, and national referee;

4. Referee Advisor/Assessor training;

5. FIFA Law and AYSO national rules and regulations update and refresher courses; and

6. Annual Referee Update.

Activity Locations

While performing the duties of referee, the volunteer is limited to the following locations, unless

expressly authorized in writing by the regional commissioner to hold activities in another


1. Regional board meetings;

2. The annual Section Conferences;

3. Assigned field locations;

4. Assigned classroom locations;

5. Tournaments; and

6. Independent work at home alone, in committees of adults, or in a properly supervised

situation with children.

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Why I Can't be a Referee

Why I Can't Be A Referee


To save you the trouble of having to create an excuse of your own, we have listed the most of the common excuses for non-participation in this critical function in the AYSO program.

I Don't Know Anything (Enough) About the Game
Most of us knew little, or less than you, about soccer when we became referees. Not to worry... for the investment of a day (eight hours) we will train you with more knowledge of the Laws of the Game than most Americans ever possess.

I Don't Have Time
Becoming a referee is the perfect slot for those AYSO parents who have crowded schedules. Referees are free to choose the games they can do, which can be scheduled at your convenience; possibly just before or after the game your child is playing. You may do as many or as few games as you choose.

I'm Not the Right Kind of Person
Yes you are. You obviously care about your child. This is a youth development program run by volunteers. Would you want your child involved with someone who is not as good as you? Who would be better than a concerned parent like you?

I'd Look Silly in That Uniform
Good heavens... you obviously haven't seen the Referee Administrator.

I'd Be Embarrassed
Everyone makes mistakes (even those of us who have been officiating for years). The import thing is to approach the job with enthusiasm and enjoyment, because that will be passed on to the players and coaches (and we can team you up with an experienced referee to help you through the initial learning process).

I'm a Woman - I Never See Them Referee
Wrong! We have many qualified women referees - and they are great! We could use many more. What other time in your life will you ever...with just one breath (or whistle) able to make 22 kids stop what they are doing, actually listen to you, and then do what they are told? And almost half of our players are girls and they love having women referees. They are comfortable with them and look up to them as role models. If you are a mom, you already are used to making quick decisions and multi-tasking. (If you are the mother of two or more children, you already know what it means to be a referee!) Don't worry, we will teach you and support you and start you off refereeing younger children. We will be there to mentor you until you feel comfortable and confident.

I can't afford the equipment
Don't worry about expense, because the Region will provide you with the necessary equipment to get you started.

I don't think I could keep up with the players. Some of them are pretty fast!
Don't worry, most of us can't keep up with them either. We give the older age division games, with the faster players, to our fitter and more experienced referees. We still have plenty of younger division games on smaller fields where you would be able to keep up. You know, refereeing is also a good way to get a little exercise and to have fun at the same time.

Now that we've addressed all your concerns we can't wait to see you at referee training. We need you badly. And in return, we promise you:

  • Enjoyment
  • Exercise
  • A sense of belonging
  • A free uniform
  • A small fan club of kids who think you're great and are thrilled to see you
  • A great time - Like many before you, it may turn out to be the most fun you have had in a long time

ONE FINAL NOTE: if you still don't think you are the right kind of person for this job, you took the time to read this whole flyer and that means you care. That means you are exactly the right kind of person.

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven®

Child & Volunteer Protection Program

Volunteers are the lifeblood of AYSO. To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven®. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer.

Becoming Safe Haven® certified may take a little time, but AYSO families know their children's safety is worth it.

Safe Haven® is both a child and volunteer protection program. It was the first of its kind in youth sports.

The child protection aspect is intended to prevent child abuse, promote education and awareness, enforce policies and screen and train volunteers. It includes proactive steps that promote a positive, healthy environment for children.

Volunteer protection comes into play as a result of volunteer training, certification and continuing education. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides certain legal protections for volunteers who have been trained and certified and act in accordance with a written job description. Safe Haven(r) includes these three elements, giving volunteers the highest degree of protection available under the law. 

Please go to for more detailed information.

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Rules & Regulations 2011-2012
Please go to for 2011-2012 Rules and Regulations Manual.  If you have any questions, please contact Mike Nobis.