New Referees

Becoming a Referee




Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can’t have games without referees. More importantly, it’s rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

Referees are critical to soccer – the game can’t be played without them. The referee’s job is to be the official in charge of the game. He is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

The referee’s No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.

The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.

Contact  Ike Miura if you are ready to become a referee.

Being a referee is a great way to learn the laws of the game and how to enforce the laws in a manner befitting the age and skill level of the players.

You can ease into becoming a referee by starting as an assistant referee and then moving into the center of the field. You have the comfort of knowing a more experienced referee is available to guide and mentor your progress.

Are you ready?   Here are the steps to becoming a referee.

  1. Register as an AYSO volunteer at make sure to check the referee box. Registration now has electronic signature so it is easier to register and renew. Once you are registered as a volunteer you can look for classes on the “signup” dropdown.
  2. Look for and sign up for “save haven” training at You will need your Ayso ID number to sign up for training. Safe Haven training provides you with information and some protection in working with youth soccer players.
  3. Now it’s time to look for a Basic Referee Class. You have 2 options.
    1. Take the full 8 hour class to learn the laws of the game and information you will need to pass the test and get started as a referee. This may be 2 x 4 hour classes or an 8 hour class.
    2. Take the Basic Referee class on-line, this gives you training on most of the laws of the game. You then must take a 4 hour companion class were we review and go over items you cannot learn on-line only including the proper a/r and referee signals and other practical information. We also review for and administer the test.We will be scheduling both types of classes in region 12, normally at the Torrance Airport to help get all of our referee volunteers trained.
  4. Once you pass the test you will be given your basic referee kit and be able to sign up for games in our on-line scheduling system.
  5. Help is just a phone call or click away, you always have help and guidance so join the Region 12 Referee team and let’s have some fun!


Please let us know if you need help or have any questions.