AYSO Referees

safe havenVolunteers are the lifeblood of AYSO. To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven®. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer.

You will need to get your eAYSO ID Number from the referee administrator to complete the Safe Haven® training.

photo from AYSO.org Basic Referee Online Training is an attractive alternative to taking the complete Basic Referee Course in-person. This training enables prospective referees to learn the majority of material in the Basic Referee Course at their own pace using computer-based instruction.

You will need to get your eAYSO ID Number from the referee administrator to complete the Basic Referee training.


Whistle Stop is AYSO's weekly newsletter for referees and referee related positions. Every Thursday, Whistle Stop will contain refereeing tips, interesting anecdotes from other referees, Q & As and other important information. You can also submit any questions or suggestions for articles.

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Emotional outbursts from the coach can be vivid and typically brief, undirected, and often quickly regretted. The referee must understand the complex emotions coaches experience in relation to the match, and discount appropriately language which does no lasting harm to those who might have heard or seen the outburst. Of course, the coach might well be warned in various ways (a brief word, direct eye contact, etc.) regarding his behavior... more.

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refereeing Here you can read the latest updated version of the Laws which were last modified at the 125th Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Newport, Wales on 5 March 2011. These were brought into effect on 1 July 2011.

To view the FIFA Laws of the Game, click here.

refereeing Referees must make decisions related to games, applying knowledge, common sense and their wits. These decisions must always respect the letter of the law and embrace the spirit of the game. Test your knowledge and see if you can answer the following question...more.