New Referees

Becoming a AYSO 45 Referee

All new referees must go through the following four steps in order to referee matches in our region. (If you are a returning AYSO referee from our region or other region, or if you are a USSF trained referee please see our returning referees page)

Step 1: Register as a volunteer in the National AYSO database through Sports Connect.

  • Please visit the Volunteer Registration portion of our Volunteer Registration page to register as a volunteer for this season (common for Referees and Coaches).
  • Print a copy of your completed Sports Connect volunteer form, sign it, and bring it along with a driver’s license or passport to your next training session.

Step 2:  Register for the referee training class(es) you plan to attend.

  • U7-U8: You need to have the U8 Official training to referee these games.
  • U10-U12: You need to take the Regional Referee On-Line course in and attend the Regional Referee On-Line Companion Class.
  • Review the referee training calendar to select your course(s), then signup on AYSOU following instructions on the training page.
  • Note: you may take a training class in another AYSO region in our area as long as you obtain the correct certification for your age group.

Step 3: Complete the online Safe Haven class (20-30 minutes) and online Concussion class (15-20 minutes).

  • Please visit the Safe Haven portion of our Volunteer Registration page to take Safe Haven training. (Not required for Youth referees under 18 yrs old.)  All Referees must take the Concussion training, regardless of age. Safe Haven and Concussion training are free on-line courses in AYSOU.

Step 4: Attend your classes.

  • The instructor will send you an email reminder a few days before the class you registered to (using the email address you entered in your Sports Connect profile)
  • Attend the class you signed up for. A record of your attendance will be entered into the AYSO National database and you will be issued a referee badge upon completing the class. You will also be issued a uniform if you do not already have one.

Step 5: After your classes.

  • The instructor will remind you to signup in WebYouthSoccer (WYS).  Download instructions here.

Thank you for volunteering! If you have any question on this process please email your Referee Administrator at