Important Information For Referees
The job of Referee is one of the most important jobs in AYSO. Without Referees, no games could be played. Referees are given wide discretion to use their own judgment with regard to rough play and fouls that occur during play. The Laws of Soccer are much simpler than the rules of many other games, so learning the Laws is not difficult. The requirements for becoming a Referee are that you enjoy working with children and are willing to learn the Laws and apply them during the game. AYSO Region 473 provides training classes for all Referees, so previous experience in soccer, although helpful, is not required.
The job of Referee is a good job for people who are interested in working directly with the children but who do not have time available during the week. Essentially all Referee time commitments are on weekends. The job of Referee is open to all adults (both men and women) and also to experienced players age 12 and over.
We ask that Referees keep the following points in mind:
The primary duty of a Referee is to ensure the safety of the players. If it looks dangerous to you, it probably is a foul. Be sure to put the safety of the children above all other considerations. "Safe, fair and fun!" is the Referee's motto.
Beginning Referees must attend a four-hour Referee class, and must pass a simple test on the Laws of Soccer.
Referees in younger Divisions are encouraged to help teach the Laws to the players. A brief explanation of an unusual call helps everyone. Allowing players to ask questions for a short period prior to the game is appropriate at all age levels. Avoid coaching the players - your remarks should focus on explaining the Law, rather than telling players how to play soccer. Being available after the game for questions is a good way to promote better communication.
Referees are strongly encouraged to develop their skills through more advanced training. Upon passing the entry level test, Referees receive a U8 Referee Badge. After 1-2 years of experience it is recommended that Referees attend the Basic (U10) course and obtain a Regional Referee Badge. Higher badge levels are Intermediate, Advanced and National.
Please keep in mind that the players and Coaches put in lots of time during the week to prepare for the game. They have the right to expect a competent Referee. It's important that you take your job seriously, and work hard to provide a fair game for everyone. Taking a little time each week to review the Law Book, or to discuss a call with your fellow referees are important ways to ensure you are on top of the Laws of the Game.
Occasionally the positive atmosphere of a game is disturbed by antagonistic comments from Coaches or spectators. The Referee has the right to suspend the game until a Coach, spectator or unruly player has left the area. If the individual refuses to leave, the Referee has the right to terminate the game.
Any unusual discipline issues (yellow cards, red cards, Coach or spectator harassment or ejections) should be reported immediately to the Regional Referee Administrator. It is the policy of Region 473 that a player who receives a red card, or a coach who is ejected from a game, shall be automatically suspended for the next game. Any player who receives a second red card in one season is automatically suspended for the remainder of the season, and may not, in the Regional Commissioner's discretion, be allowed to register in succeeding seasons.