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Referee Requirements

Returning Referees Continued Training

AYSO referee training is designed to provide education to referees and prospective referees that will allow them to officiate AYSO soccer matches in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game and the AYSO National Rules and Regulations. It is the intent of the AYSO National Referee Program to provide practical, incremental referee training that will ensure consistency throughout AYSO. To register for a course, visit AYSOU.  Enter your AYSO user name and password and access short How-To tutorials anytime for free in your My Courses tab on your AYSOU navigation menu.

Intermediate Observations

Observation for Intermediate Referee is intended to be a positive experience for upgrade candidates.  The observation of a Referee under game conditions are intended to be part of an informal and relaxed activity designed to assist in the development and improvement of the official’s skills. To satisfy the field certification requirements, candidates must complete a typical U12 game and be debriefed by the AYSO Assessor, National Assessor, or Mentor/Advisor assigned by your Regional Referee Administrator or Regional Director of Referee Assessment.

The National Referee Program Manual contains the standards for the Intermediate Observation and describes the skills and proficiencies that candidates for upgrade to Intermediate Referee are expected to demonstrate.

Preparing for Assessments

Assessments for up-grade to Advanced and National Referee are intended to be a positive experience for up-grade candidates.  They are to provide the referee candidate with positive feedback on areas of strength and areas that may be improved.  Preparation is key to a positive assessment experience, materials listed below contains requirements and standards for assessments:

Preparing for National Assessments

Assessments for upgrade to National Referee are intended to be a positive experience for upgrade candidates. They are to provide the referee candidate with positive feed back on areas of strength and areas that may be improved.

Preparation is key to a positive assessment experience. The materials listed below contain the standards and checklists used in the assessment of National referee candidates. You may have seen them before, but it can’t hurt to look them over again before an assessment.  On the other hand, if you’ve never seen them before then be sure to review them because they’ll help you understand what is required to get the most out of your assessment.

  • National Referee Program Manual contains the standards for assessing a National Referee starting on page 49 and the standards for assessing a National Assistant Referee start on page 47.
  • The Referee Assessment Checklist will be used by your assessor to identify skill areas for potential improvement for Referees. The Assistant Referee Assessment Checklist is used for the Assistant Referee Assessment.
  • Preparing for Assessments is a summary of the assessment process and identifies preparations you can make to ensure that your assessment is a positive experience.
  • Notes from the Ken Aston Camp National Referee Course “Preparation for National Assessment” contain some useful help in the form of real-world advice and also some things that many National Assessors consider “deal-breakers.”


Part of preparation is asking questions. Contact your Assessor in advance of your match if you have any questions.

Referee Physical Test

One requirement of the National and Advanced Referee upgrade is successful completion of a physical test. The referee physical fitness test is designed to test the referee’s ability to stay up with play and to react to match situations encountered at these levels. This document contains the criteria for this test for Advanced and National candidates.


Laws of the Game & Other Guidance

2018-2019 IFAB Laws Of The Game Effective June 1, 2018

2018 Changes to the Laws of the Game The IFAB description of the changes found in the 2018 Laws of the Game.

Player Development Initiative

2018 AYSO Player Development Initiative Covers the referee implementation of 10U and 12U PDI in Section 1

Referees Must Be Certified for Their Appropriate Age Level Prior to Working Any Games


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