Referee Training

In compliance with AYSO’s National Referee Program, AYSO Region 45 offers a number of Referee Training Courses during August and early September. U8 Official and Regional Referee certification training sessions are offered through our region in conjunction with Region 43 (North Los Altos).  Intermediate and Advance Referee certification training sessions are generally Area 2A.

There are five certification levels used within Region 45: U8 Official, Regional Referee, Intermediate Referee, Advanced Referee, and National Referee. In order to referee in AYSO, you will need to have a current Volunteer Registration, to complete Safe Haven, and to be trained to the level you are refereeing. Instruction for becoming a Referee in Region 45 is here.

  • U8 Official – may referee at U8 level and below.
  • Regional Referee – may referee at U10 level initially and with some experience as CR you can referee at U12 level.
  • Intermediate Referee – may referee at U12 level initially and with some experience as CR you can referee at U14 level.  With a lot of experience you can referee at U16 level.
  • Advanced Referee – may referee at  U14 level initially and with some experience as CR you can referee at U16 level.  With a lot of experience you can referee at U19 level.
  • National Referee may referee at all levels.

Note:  Conditions for advancement to the next level are flexible since every person is different.

Volunteer Registration – All volunteers must be registered within eAYSO ( The first time you register as a volunteer (New Volunteer) that registration will be valid for one year. After the first time you register you will need to register as a Returning Referee in the eASYO. This must be done annually and it only requires an “e-signature”.

Safe Haven – Eachvolunteer must have a current Safe Haven certification.  A New Volunteer must take the On-line Safe Haven certification.  A Returning Volunteer requires an updated Safe Haven certification periodically. You will be notified if your Safe Haven certification is out-of-date. The link to Safe Haven is here.

Attending and Passing Referee Certification Training with Region 45– In Region 45 we train up to the Advanced Referee level.  Here is the Region 45 Training Schedule.

2017 Referee Fall Training Calendar

Date(s) Time Level Location Roster Number
Aug 19 (Sat) 8:30 am - 11:30 am U8 Official TBD 2017701178
Aug 19 (Sat) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Field Training TBD N/A
Aug 19 (Sat) 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm U8-Basic Upgrade TBD 2017701179
Aug 26 (Sat) 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Intermediate Referee TBD 2017701180
Aug 29 (Tue) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm U8 Official TBD 2017701181
Aug 30 (Wed) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Basic On-Line Companion TBD 2017701182

All volunteers must register in for the class, take the class, and pass the exam at the end. Go to and login with your eAYSO credentials.  You can narrow the list of courses by selecting state “CA”, then Section 2, Area A. Select a course such as “U8 Official, Basic Regional Referee, U8 Upgrade to Basic Referee, or On-line Companion class,  roster # , etc.”.   At the Referee Training you will need to turn in a copy of the Volunteer Form and have the instuctor validate your ID.

Referee Certification Training outside R45 – AYSO training is standardized so you can take the training anywhere it’s offered. The certification will be updated in eAYSO.  However, if you take a class outside of our region, please don’t turn in your form there. It must be handed in to Steve Tabaska at region 45.

On-Line Companion Classes – Each class has an on-line course followed by a companion classroom session.  Complete the on-line course at before the classroom session. Use the on-line course to learn the material and the classroom session for review and clarification.  The classroom session ends with an exam that you must pass.  Without the on-line course preparation, it’s likely you will fail the exam.

Training provided by Regions 43/45 in Los Altos/Mountain View

There are 3 course types:

  • U8 Official course: All first time referees must take this in-classroom course (3.5 hours), 1 Saturday morning or 1 Tuesday evening. The class ends with a test and you receive your referee equipment (unless you are also taking the upgrade class)
  • U8-to-Basic Referee Upgrade: Existing U8 Official who need to upgrade to do U10/U12 games have 2 options:
    • A 100% in-classroom course: ~ 6 hours classroom, either 1 afternoon or 2 evenings.
    • An online course + in-classroom course: ~ 2.5 hours online course and ~ 3.5 hours companion course to review topics and take the test (this sign-up instructions will explain how to take the online course before you attend the companion course).

Once you know what course(s) you want to take click to expand the calendar item(s) and copy the class ROSTER NUMBER(s) and then sign-up on using these numbers directly.

If you need more help with signing up for training, please follow this link for detailed instructions.

Any questions?  Please email the Referee Administrator at

Training Courses Outside of Region 45

Other nearby Regions and Areas also offer training. Please follow their instructions and RSVP so that they know the quantity of training material to order. Please remember that you are a guest when you take training in their region/area.

Advanced Referee Training

The Advanced Referee training is more limited and should be planned ahead of time. It’s offered periodically by AYSO Area 2A. Typically, one Advanced Training is offered before the spring season (February time frame) and one Advanced Training is offered at the Golden Gate Camp hosted by AYSO Section 2.  Region 45 in conjunction with Region 43 will periodically offer an Advanced Training (see calendar above).