Certified, volunteer referees manage games for U8 and older divisions. No previous soccer experience is required to become a referee.
If you have little or no experience as a referee, you take the Regional Referee class (also called Beginning Referee class). You get a Regional badge, and referee at the U10 division. In U10 games, you are part of a team that includes a more experienced referee that can continue to teach you on the field.
If you have a USSF referee certification, you can cross-certify with AYSO. Contact the Regional Referee Administrator. Your game assignments depend on your experience.
If you are 12-18 yrs of age, you become a "PRO" referee. The PRO (Player Referee Organization) program offers a regional coordinator and classes tailored to youths. The PRO program can offer the following benefits:
- Develop player skill by developing knowledge of the laws of the game.
- Improve self-confidence and decision making skills.
- Earn volunteer hours for NJHS and high school service requirements.
To become a certified volunteer referee, follow these steps:
- Go to www.eayso.com
to register as a volunteer for this season.
Sign up for a referee class.
- Register as a volunteer for section 2, area J, region 64.
- Do not register your children as players in eAYSO--Region 64 uses WebYouthSoccer to register players.
Adults: Get AYSO's Safe Have certification.
- Check the Coach and Referee Training Calendar for upcoming classes.
- Adults attend a "Regional Referee" class (also called "Beginning Referee" class).
- Youths attend a PRO class.
- You can attend a class in a nearby region, if the date/time is more convenient for you.
- If the calendar entry does not contain the course roster number, contact the Regional Referee coordinator or the course instuctor to get the course roster number.
- Enroll for the course in eAYSO.
Optional: Take concussion awareness training. See Concussions.
- AYSO's Safe Haven certification
is required for
all adult referees. AYSO's Safe Haven certification is not required for PRO (youth)
referees. Sometimes the AYSO's Safe Haven certification is offered with the referee
- To take AYSO's Safe Haven online, go to www.aysotraining.org/. Your eAYSO ID number is required. Print the certificate and bring to the referee class.
Attend all sessions of the referee class.
- A class typically meets twice.
- All Region 64 referee classes (unless otherwise noted) are held at the following location:
Queensborough Swim Club
1138 Miller Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
- Bring a copy of your eAYSO registration to the class.
- Bring a copy of your AYSO's Safe Haven certificate, if you took the online course.
- Your instructor makes all attempts to help you pass the class.
- After you pass the class, you receive uniform, basic equipment, and a Regional badge.
After you become certified:
- Sign up to referee by using the Arbiter self-assignment tool. Plan an average of 1 game per week during the season.
- Continue developing your referee skills, get more education, and increase your certification level.
Photos from a previous class:
PRO Assistant Referee Flag Training
Regional Referee Laws Of The Game Class
Regional Referee Assistant Referee Flag Training