Ossining AYSO: For Referees


We want you and are glad that you are seeking more information!!!

If you are at least 12 years old and have an hour or two to spare on the weekend, you already have what it takes to join the Ossining AYSO referee team.  Don't worry, you don't need to be an expert on soccer or the Laws of the Game to join us.  Soccer is a very easy game to learn, and we will provide all the necessary training at no cost to you!  We also provide ongoing support, all referee supplies, including a uniform, and of course, the real cool and all-powerful whistle!


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Important Dates:

  • May 15 -- Silent Sunday will be in effect across the area

Five great reasons to become a referee
  • Fresh Air
  • Exercise
  • Your children
  • No seat in the house is closer to the action
  • What could be more fun than getting exercise and fresh air while running around with kids!!!

A committment of about 1.5 hours a week (per kid/game - about the same amount of time you might spend running to the grocery store) on weekends that you are avaiable is all that is required.  Yup, that's it!  You just come 20 minutes before a game, check the field, run the game, have a little fun, and go home, knowing you have helped ensure a safe, fair, and fun game, possibly even teaching some things that could influence their lives forever.

It may not sound like much, but it means the world to them (the kids, that is).

So, after the game, ask the referee if it's all that we say it is.

Now, let's talk about how you can become a hometown hero to your son, daughter, brother, sister...


Referee Training Course Information

No referee training is currently scheduled in Area 3T (Westchester County) - please check back.

Please see below for details on registering as a volunteer and completing the online prerequisite courses.

You can always search for the latest available courses anywhere they are offered by logging on to your volunteer account at eayso.org

Referees and Referee recruits
  • Not certified yet: Sign up for either the full day "Basic Referee" course or the half day "Basic Referee Online Companion" course.  If you are at least 10 years old and play in the U12 division, you can take the "U-8 Official" course to become certified to referee U-8 matches.  All other Basic Referee courses require you to be at least 12 years old at the time of certification.
  • U-8 officials wanting to upgrade to Basic/Regional status: Sign up for the half day "Basic Referee Online Companion" course 
  • Current Basic (Regional) Referees: We strongly encourage you to sign up for the "Intermediate Referee" course to upgrade your credentials, affording you the opportunity to referee games at any level, including upper levels U14 & U16. Additionally, once you are certified as an Intermediate referee, you can choose to cross-certify as a Grade 8 USSF referee, allowing you to referee "club" level matches if you wish.

What you need to do
  • Register as a volunteer: Register yourself or your child as a volunteer at eAYSO.org, making sure to "esign" the application at the end, and print out TWO copies, one to keep for your records, and one to bring with you to the in-person training.
  • Take "Safe Haven": Go to AYSO Training, log in using your AYSO volunteer ID and last name, click on the link under "Safe Haven", and complete the course MT02 - "AYSO's Safe Haven" (the course takes about 1 hour).  Upon successful completion, print out TWO copies of the certificate, one to keep for your records, and one to bring with you to the in-person training.
  • Concussion Awareness training: Go to AYSO Training, log in using your AYSO volunteer ID and last name, click on the link under "Safe Haven", and complete the course "AYSO CDC Concussion Awareness" (the course takes about 30 minutes).  Upon successful completion, print out TWO copies of the certificate, one to keep for your records, and one to bring with you to the in-person training.
  • Basic Referee Online Course:  Go to AYSO Training, log in using your AYSO Volunteer ID and last name, click on the "Start Now" link under "Referee Training", and complete the course (about 2 hours, less if you are already familiar with soccer).  Upon successful completion, print out TWO copies of the certificate, one to keep for your records, and one to bring with you to the in-person training.
  • Course Sign Up: Log in to your account at eAYSO.org and sign up for the appropriate course using the roster number provided, or search for available courses being offered in the area and sign up that way.


For any questions regarding joining the Ossining AYSO referee program or the training and certification process, or if you have issues with any of the above steps, please feel free to contact our Referee Administrator, Gary Gunn, at OssiningAYSORefs@gmail.com

Game Reports

It is very important that you fill out a game report after every match you referee. At the very least, please provide what you know as the final score. Comments (positive OR negative) are optional, but encouraged! All information submitted is seen only by our management team (Regional Commissioner, Coach Admin, Ref Admin), and is used to manage and improve the program for all participants, not to engage in any witch hunts. Enter anytime - the system is always open until the season is complete, but we do need this information!

How to submit a game report:

  1. Click the link for "Game and Practice Schedules" to the left, or access the schedules directly by clicking here
  2. Locate the name of one of the teams playing in the game you refereed (either team will work) and click on the link to that team's schedule
  3. Locate the specific game you covered and click on the link to "Submit Report" all the way to the right in the "Report" column
  4. Enter your full name in the field for "Reporters Name" and your email address in "Reporter's email"
  5. Select "Referee" from the "Reporter Is" drop-down
  6. Fill out the rest of the form as you see fit (at very least, please provide the final score) - comments are free-form, and can be positive or negative feedback - please be honest and candid in your recaps - they are not for public consumption, but rather are intended to help us better manage the program as previously indicated.
  7. Click "Submit Report" at the bottom, and you're done!

If you have any questions on completing game reports, please contact our Referee Administrator, Gary Gunn via email at garygunn@verizon.net

Referee Meeting Handouts (to view, save, or print)
  • Fall 2015 Referee meeting notes
  • Fall 2015 Ossining AYSO Calendar
  • Best of Whistle Stop scenarios for Fall 2015

Past handouts - all still very relevant and useful !

WIZ of Oss Tournament

The WIZ of Oss is the area's premier youth soccer tournament specifically geared toward AYSO Extra teams in the U9, U10, U11, & U12 divisions.  It is one of the few opportunities we have as AYSO referees to work with full 3-person referee teams, and is open to all AYSO referees certified at the Regional level and higher.  If you are available, we hope you will join us, as it really demonstrates that the true AYSO volunteer spirit is alive and well in our community! For more information and relevant tournament forms, click here or on the "WIZ" tab at the left.

Indoor Soccer

Indoor soccer for the winter 2015/16 is ON!   Sundays at the Ossining Rec Center gym from Dec thru early March.  See below for details...

Please click here for more information on the program or click here to register. This program is offered through Total Athletic Services, LLC in conjunction with Ossining AYSO.

Other Useful Referee Links - enjoy!

Online Referee Training for AYSO Volunteers

Westchester Field Directions

AYSO Referee Info, News, & Tips

AYSO Rules and Regulations

FIFA Laws of the Game

USSF Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game 2013-14 Edition (PDF) 

Ask the Ref

Referee Signals

Whistle Stop - To Whistle or Not to Whistle?

Whistle Stop - What's The Correct Call, Ref?

Youth Soccer Referee Primer


Thank you and we hope you enjoy yourself and what the children get out of having structure and discipline in games, and a part of the community being with them on the field!

Remember, without a referee, the game is just a glorified scrimmage!