Five Easy Steps to Becoming a Referee (scroll to the bottom on this web page)
In order to referee a U-7 or a Fall U-8 game you must be ten years of age or older and take either:
- the U-8 Official Course (4 hours in person), or
In order to be a referee or assistant referee at a U9 or U10 game or a Spring U-8 game you must be twelve years of age or older and take either:
- the Basic Referee Course (8 hours in person), or
(class duration times are approximate)
All Referees must be currently registered as a volunteer and must have taken Safe Haven training. You must fill out the volunteer registration online before you take a course. You will not be able to take the class otherwise. You also need to log into eAYSO and register to take a specific class. (See step #2 below).
You need to be at least 10 years old to take the U-8 course. You need to be at least 12 years old to take either of the Basic courses.
The classes listed below are compiled from eAYSO. Please consult eAYSO for the latest and most complete details.
Training in Area Q Outside of Region 213
(see our reimbursement policy if you take courses outside of Area Q)
Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and National
1. Register as a Volunteer
Go to www.eAYSO.org and SIGN up to be a VOLUNTEER. Complete the form, sign, and print. Bring the form to the first class, along with ID (youth referees do not need ID). (Note your eAYSO id#)
2. Register for your Referee Class
Next, go to www.eAYSO.org and select “Look Up,” then “Course.” (If you are on the MyeAYSO home page, look for the "Enroll" choice on the lower right.) You can narrow your search by including the city, region 213, or Area Q. You may also search by the roster number if you know it, but if you cannot find the class using the roster number, then use broader criteria. There is a chance that the roster number could have changed. Once the class lists appear, select the course that you would like to register for. (Some Area Referee Camps ask that you register directly with the Area hosting the course. If this is the case, then follow that Area's registration instructions.)
3. Take the Safe Haven Course
Then, go to http://www.aysotraining.org/. Login with your eAYSO id number, select "Courses" and then select "Safe Haven." Complete the 70 minute Safe Haven training to ensure the safety of players. Please complete the course prior to Referee Training if possible.
4. Take the Basic Referee Online Training (if necessary)
If you are planning on attending one of the Basic Referee or U-8 Official Training courses listed above, you are now ready and may skip to step Five. IF you are attending the Basic Referee Online Companion Course then you must first take the Basic Referee Online Training. Go to http://www.aysotraining.org/. Login with your eAYSO id number, select "Courses," and then select "Basic Referee Online Training." Complete the course. Take and pass the short quiz at the end of the training. When you pass the quiz, please print the online certificate and BRING this certificate to the Basic Referee Online Companion Course. You MAY NOT take the Basic Referee Online Companion Course without first completing the online Referee Training.
5. Take Your Referee Class
Attend and complete the appropriate training course and test. Receive a uniform and equipment to get started as a certified referee! (If you attend a class outside of Region 213, you will probably not receive a uniform and/or referee gear. You will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your supplies and to get entered into our scheduling system.)
For any questions please email our Regional Referee Director of Instruction, Dorian Johnson, at email@example.com.