Our Volunteer Referee Staff
We have a great staff of volunteers who help recruit, train, promote, and generally support our valuable referees. They can help with training, uniforms, on-the-field mentoring, and anything else on the referee side of AYSO:
|Regional Referee Administrator||Patrick Shopbellemail@example.com|
|6U-8U Referee Administrator||Kai Ryssdalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|10U Referee Administrator||Rich Aguilaremail@example.com|
|12U Referee Administrators||Brian Bonham and Matthew Goldmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|14U Referee Administrator||Mark Windsoremail@example.com|
|Upper Division (UD) Referee Administrator||Cristi Tudusciucfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Referee Instruction||Steve Hawkins, Chip Heller, and Steve Bickelemail@example.com|
|Uniforms||DeWayne McMullin and Toni Maddisonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Referee Upgrades and Assessment||Bruce Hancockemail@example.com|
How to become a referee
AYSO offers the most thorough soccer referee training program in America, providing classes, equipment, and mentoring at no charge. When your child is in the 6U-8U divisions, the officials’ primary job is to teach the players about the flow of the game. As your child grows through the divisions, moving up to 10U, 12U, 14U, and higher, the game gets more complex, and you’ll learn the referee skills needed to keep the game safe, fair, and fun.
- Apply to volunteer through the InLeague registration system.
- Take the online safety classes: CDC Concussion Awareness, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness.
- Adult volunteers also take the SafeSport and Safe Haven online classes and get fingerprinted by LiveScan.
- Attend an in-person training class, depending on your division.
- 8U Official – to referee 6U-8U divisions
- Regional Referee – to referee 10U and 12U divisions
- 14U and above receive additional training after 1-2 years as a regional referee
Many classes are offered at the start of the season. You can see the calendar of training sessions on our Calendar.
Please check our Volunteer FAQ for additional details on registering and completing training courses.
We strongly support our youth referee program, called our PRO (Player Referee Organization) referees. Players who also referee have a deeper understanding of the game, and they are able to interact with younger players in a more unique fashion. They also receive volunteer hours! Anyone interested in becoming a youth referee should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t let becoming a referee make you nervous! Even after your training, our more experienced referees are available on the field every weekend to mentor you. We do our best to locate a volunteer experienced referee to meet you at your assigned game and help you through it. When the fall schedule arrives, there will be a box to check to request a referee mentor – it’s easy!