• Quirks in the 2019 game schedule

    There are a few interesting features in this year’s schedule.

    • Because G07U has an odd number of teams, one team per week will not play a game.  You will see your opponent as “** BYE **” in the game schedule, even though a time and a field appear.  There’s nothing stopping your team from showing up to kick the ball around, but please don’t expect any opponents.
    • G14U also has an odd number of teams, but the solution here is that we have brought in G14U teams from other regions to play each week’s odd team in a friendly game.  For instance, on September 7 Quiroz’s team plays host to Boyle Heights.  We were unable to find an opponent on November 23, and so the odd team that day will have a bye instead.
    • Our region’s four Extra teams will occasionally have home games on Saturday.  The teams that play the following game are not required to referee the Extra game.  If your referee schedule lacks an entry on some Saturdays, this is why.
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  • All about game cards

    Here is a quick reminder to coaches and referees about game cards.

    • Before the game (preferably before you reach the field!), coaches fill out the top section, list the players (first and last names please) with their uniform numbers, write down the date, time and field, and then give the card to the referee.  You may get more game cards from the receptacle outside the front door of the Clubhouse or at the tent at Victory Park.  If you’re making your own, please use card stock, as plain paper does not survive a game very well.  Referees add the date, time and field (if not already written in) and put the team number of both teams at the bottom of both cards: home on top, away on bottom.
    • During the game, each assistant referee carries the card for the team on their touchline. The AR marks down who is sitting out and who is the goalkeeper each “quarter.”  When a player on that team scores a goal, put a tally mark | in the “Goals Scored” columns, for first half or second half.  If the same player scores again, use a second tally mark | | rather than trying to turn that 1 into a 2.  (You know what will happen next if you do that.)  At halftime, record the score at the bottom.
    • After the game and the handshakes, write the number of goals scored in the second half at the bottom, and put the total (the final score) in the bottom right.  Please be sure to get the scores correct!  Each official should print their name on both cards, the team (if any) that they represent, and the code letter:
      • A = you were assigned to this game
      • B = you were a prearranged substitute
      • C = you were a last-minute fill-in for a no-show
      • D = you were a “club linesman” (not an AYSO-certified referee)
    • Then the referee turns in both completed game cards:
      • take them to the referee tent at Victory Park or Area H, or
      • put them inside a white game card envelope tied to a goal net.
    • If you have the last Region 13 game of the day at any field with a game card envelope, I ask that you carefully untie the envelope (please don’t just rip it down) and return it with its contents to the Clubhouse.

    Your continued cooperation throughout the season is very much appreciated.  With everyone helping like this, my job as your Statistician becomes that much easier.

    — Bill Owen, region 13 statistician

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What if a family has more than one volunteer?

Each volunteer, including youth referees, needs a separate account in the registration system, with a different email address for each person. Then, you will be able to register for classes with

In the registration system, you can add a “secondary email address” so that you all receive notices.

Here is a complete list of all of the remaining referee courses here in Region 13 and in Region 214 (South Pasadena).

I still need to take the class!

The remaining courses available from Region 13 and our referee training partner Region 214 are:

Regional Referee Course (for new referee volunteers who will be refereeing at 10U or older)

Saturday August 30, 8:00-5:30 in the Region 13 Clubhouse at 711 W. Woodbury Rd. Unit E, Altadena.

Sunday August 8, 8:00-5:30 in the Region 13 Clubhouse at 711 W. Woodbury Rd. Unit E, Altadena.

8U to Regional Upgrade Course (for referee volunteers already certified as 8U referees who are moving up to referee 10U or older):

Saturday August 30, 10:30-5:30 in the Region 13 Clubhouse at 711 W. Woodbury Rd. Unit E, Altadena.

Sunday August 8, 10:30-5:30 in the Region 13 Clubhouse at 711 W. Woodbury Rd. Unit E, Altadena.

Please register for the classes on AYSOU. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can complete registration activities.

If you are unable to register, please come anyway, but please email to help us prepare.

If none of these work for you, there are other additional classes on AYSOU, but they will be farther away. Please check the schedule for an available course if you can’t make one of these.

Thanks for all you’re doing to help us bring this season together for the kiddos.

Referee Training Joint Schedule for AYSO Regions 13 (Pasadena) and 214 (South Pasadena)

Regions 13 and 214 are jointly scheduling classes. All volunteers are welcome. (AYSO volunteers may always take courses in any Regions, and all available classes can be found on

What class should you take?

  • If you will referee 8U or younger, take the “8U Official” course
  • If you already refereed 8U and will be moving to 10U or older, take the U8 to Regional Referee Upgrade course
  • If you are a new volunteer referee, and will referee 10U or older, take the “Regional Referee Course” or the“Regional Referee Online Companion Course”
  • If you are a Regional referee with some experience who would like more training or to be prepared for higherlevel games, take the “Intermediate Referee Course.”
  • If you are an Intermediate Referee looking to advance further, take the “Advanced Referee Course.”

8U Official Class

  • Sat. Aug. 17 8-11:30 AM @ Arroyo Vista School
  • Sat. Aug. 24 8-11:30 AM @ Region 13 Clubhouse
  • Sun. Aug. 25 8-11:30 AM @ Arroyo Vista School
  • Thu. Aug. 29 6:15-9:45 PM @ Region 13 Clubhouse
  • Sat. Aug. 31 8-11:30 AM @ Region 13 Clubhouse(Labor Day Weekend!)
  • Wed. Sept 4 6:15-9:45 @ Arroyo Vista School

8U to Regional Referee Upgrade Class

  • Sat. Aug. 17 10:30-5:30 @ Arroyo Vista School
  • Sat. Aug. 24 10:30-5:30 @ Region 13 Clubhouse
  • Sun. Aug. 25 10:30-5:30 @ Arroyo Vista School
  • Sat. Aug. 31 10:30-5:30 @ Region 13 Clubhouse(Labor Day Weekend!)

Regional Referee Class

  • Sat. Aug. 17 8-5:30 @ Arroyo Vista School
  • Sat. Aug. 24 8-5:30 @ Region 13 Clubhouse
  • Sun. Aug. 25 8-5:30 @ Arroyo Vista School
  • Sat. Aug. 31 8-5:30 @ Region 13 Clubhouse(Labor Day Weekend!)

Intermediate Class

  • Ken Aston Soccer Referee Camp, Chapman College,June 21-23*
  • Fri./Sat Aug. 16-17 @ Arroyo Vista School

Advanced Class

  • Ken Aston Soccer Referee Camp, Chapman College, June 21-23*
  • Fri./Sat Aug. 16-17 @ Arroyo Vista School

(Locations of some courses may be subject to change depending on class sizes.)

The Region 13 Clubhouse is at 711 W. Woodbury Rd., Unit E Altadena, CA 91001Arroyo Vista School is located at 335 El Centro St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

*Regions 13 and 214 will reimburse the registration fee for Ken Aston Camp for qualified candidates. Please contact your Regional Referee Administrator for pre-approval. Details can be found at

Welcome to the Region 13 Referee webpage! We have one of the largest and best-supported referee programs in the nation consisting of over 500 highly motivated and dedicated volunteers. Each year, many men, women and youths join the referee ranks in Region 13 and begin to share in one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences they will have in AYSO. With over 200 teams making up the 8 age divisions in Region 13, volunteers at all levels including coaches, assistant coaches, team managers and referees are needed in order for our program to succeed. Volunteers, such as yourself, are the cornerstone of the AYSO program and are the keys in promoting a FUN, FAIR and SAFE soccer experience for our children. All of us on the Referee staff look forward to an exciting season and would be happy for you to join us on the field and volunteer as a referee this year.

To Referee, you must Register as a volunteer, complete referee training for the age divisions your child will play, complete Safe Haven training, and complete concussion awareness training.

Even if you have registered in the past, registration is required every year to ensure you are covered under AYSO’s insurance.

When you volunteer as a Coach, Referee, or Team Manager, you must register or re-register as a volunteer every year regardless of how long you have been a volunteer.

For more information on the steps to be a referee, click here.

Referee training and Safe Haven training are provided at our Clubhouse. Please see our referee training information on this page.

Referees must complete AYSO Concussion Awareness Training. To complete this training…

Go to

  1. Enter your AYSO ID and last name.
  2. Under the “AYSO’S SAFE HAVEN”, Click on “START NOW”
  3. Under “Safe Haven”, click on “CDC Concussion Awareness Training”

After you complete the course, double check that the certification is reflected on your eAYSO record. To do so, log in to your account at and click on “View certification”.


AYSO offers unrivaled comprehensive training for referees. Because the training is focused on the kids, referee training is more than learning the rules of soccer – it’s a multi-dimensional experience. The U8 Official and Basic Referee courses, which are required elements for all those individuals new to refereeing, emphasize the fundamental elements of the Laws of the Game, namely getting the match started, stopping and restarting play.

For those interested in joining the referee ranks, the required training consists of either a basic, half-day course for those wishing to referee in the U6/U8 division, or a full-day course that is designed for individuals refereeing in the U10 division or higher. Both of these course offerings are held at many convenient opportunities during the year. No advance preparation is required and all course materials will be provided on the day of the class. Refreshments will be provided, along with lunch at the all-day classes.

Completion of the U8 Official course certifies that you may officiate any match at the U6/U8 level. Completion of the Basic Referee course certifies that you may referee at any AYSO soccer match; however, nearly all of our new volunteers begin refereeing games at either the U6/U8 or U10 level. Every volunteer who acts as a center or assistant referee takes the same course, providing Region 13 with one of the best trained referee corps anywhere! Specialized instruction for assistant referees is included in the full-day course. In addition to our on-the-field mentoring program for new referees, we hold workshops and clinics during the regular season for those who wish to hone their skills and referee at a higher level later on.

The Referee Instruction Staff has prepared a training schedule of update classes for returning referees. All returning referees who will be serving at the U10 or higher level need to take one of the Laws Update workshops that are offered. There is a refresher course for returning U6/U8 refs, as well as a “U10 Transition” course designed for those U6/U8 referees who are moving on up and will now be officiating matches at the U10 level for the first time. See the Upcoming Referee Events page for further information.

For those experienced referees seeking to upgrade their badge to either the Intermediate or Advanced level, we encourage you to take one of the Intermediate or Advanced Referee courses that are typically offered within Area 1C. Periodically check  for details of these course offerings or ask anyone on the Referee Staff for information about attending one of these classes.

We also hold our annual Referee and Coach Kick Off dinner which offers workshops focusing on special topics of interest to all referees (and coaches). This year’s dinner will be on Wendesday, August 28th.  You may sign up by visiting our calendar and clicking on the dinner event.

Youth Referees (PRO Program)

In AYSO, we have the Player Referee Organization (PRO) program, in which we encourage players (or volunteers U19 age or younger) to be referees. We have a PRO referee coordinator, and want our PRO referees to contact the coordinator so that we can be aware of them and support them. If you are a PRO referee, send an email to to let us know.

A youth volunteer may become certified as a referee at age 10 (or older). A youth referee must be at least 2 age divisions higher than the players officiated (unless the youth referee has Intermediate (or higher) referee certification — in which case the Regional Referee Administrator or Regional Commissioner will consider an exception).

Care must be taken to ensure that a youth referee is not asked to officiate a level of game at which he/she is not comfortable.

For more information about the PRO Program pull down under “PROGRAMS” and select “PRO”

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