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Anyone 12 or older is eligible to become a certified Referee. You will learn about the laws of the game from a qualified referee instructor and will be given a uniform and equipment. After you finish the training, if you choose, you may be assigned a referee mentor who can answer all of your questions. Or you can just start as an assistant referee and learn as you go. See the training section below for more information on how you can get started.

Become A Referee

Steps to becoming an AYSO certified referee

  1. Register as a Volunteer 
  2. Complete Required Training Certifications
    • Sterling Volunteers Background Check
    • Live Scan fingerprinting
    • SafeSport Training
    • Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course
  3. Enroll in a Regional Referee Training Course
  4. Attend an in person or online Referee Class
Register as a Volunteer
Complete the online Referee/Youth Referee Volunteer Role application (All referees, 12 years of age and older, must be registered as volunteers)

Step by step instructions to register a Youth Referee

Enroll in a Regional Referee Training Course
Check the training calendar below to see when the next Referee training course is offered. They are typically scheduled right before the beginning of the Fall, Spring and Summer seasons. Additional classes may be offered during the Fall Season.

There are two types of training classes that may be scheduled:

Regional Referee Course – 8 hour in person training class
Regional Referee Online Training + In-person Companion Course – 4 hour in person training course that accompanies a required Online Regional Referee Training Course.
Log in to your account Go to the volunteer tab, under your volunteer role select the AYSOU button "In-Person Courses" tab and search for the referee course by clicking on the date on the calendar. Click on the “Session” button and click on “Register” next to the course offered in Tustin.

Complete SafeSport Training 

Complete LiveScan Fingerprinting

Complete Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness

Complete the AYSO Safe Haven and Concussions Courses online. Safe Haven is a required child and volunteer protection training. Both of these online classes can be found at etrainu under the  Safe Haven Courses tab.

For youth referees, it is recommended that a parent supervises the Safe Haven course with them.

Complete the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Online Course

  Complete the Sudden Cardiac Arrest online course available in etrainu under the SafeHaven section.

Attend a Regional Referee Class

Attend a full in-person Regional Referee class that you’ve registered for in Step 2. and pass the written exam at the end of the class with a score of 75% or higher. You can fin in-person courses under the "In-Person Courses" > "Referee Instructor Led Courses" in


Attend the Regional Referee Online course AND In-person/Virtual Regional Referee Online Companion Course.
The Regional Referee Online course is available on demand. The In-person/Virtual Regional Referee Online Companion course is offered a few time during the year typically a few weeks prior to the start of each season. 
The Online Regional Referee Training Course in etrainu under Referee Training > Referee Online Course

Referee Training Schedule


Course Date Course Location To Register
March 30 2023Regional Referee Online CompanionTustinRegister in ETRAINU



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