Thinking of becoming a referee?  

If you are under 13 years of age, we recommend you begin reffing in the Fall Lower Division program. (If this is you, please scroll down this page to the section titled "TRAINING FOR NEW REFEREES FOR FALL/LOWER DIVISION".  You will find details and special instructions about training opportunities for our younger referees).
If you are 14 years or older, and plan to start reffing in the Spring-Summer Upper Division, from May-July, you need to follow the USSF Grade 8 certification track, and complete all Grade 8 training requirements detailed below. 

If you are 14 or older...

 Upper Division referees are required to register with the USSF and pay a registration fee to become USSF certified.  The training course for a Grade 8 referee includes, self-paced online courses, 8 hrs of classroom instruction, and participation in our local pre-season on-field training.  Clinic dates and details are listed below. 
Spring Clinics for Grade 8 Referees who plan to work during our
Upper Division Season (games May thru July)
This is training for both first-tiime referees AND also referees who worked during our 2013 Fall Season.

New referees, and returning 1st year referees who began refereeing in August 2013 will need to attend a Grade 8 course, become USSF certified and pay the USSF registration fee in order to referee in the 2014 Spring-Summer season.

The training program includes: 1) an online component, (which includes viewing a required concussion training video); 2) 8 hrs of classroom instruction; and 3) participation in our local pre-season on-field training. Students must finish all components and pass a 100-question test to complete certification.  There are three classroom date options for persons wanting to become USSF Grade 8 referees.

Referees must register with the USSF and pay their registration fees online BEFORE they can start online instruction and sign up for their classroom session.

2014 Classroom sessions for persons planning to certify as USSF Grade 8 for 2014:

Sunday, April 6  8:30AM – 5:00PM
 Saturday, April 12  8:30AM – 5:00PM

Students will receive clinic location information by email after completing pre-clinic requirements.

 ** On-field training dates and options will be sent to referees who are officially registered.

NEW referee candidates need to email their name, address, phone, email address and birth date to:  Once we receive your information, we will email detailed instructions how to access the web site, complete your online registration and clinic sign-up.  Registrations and fees can not be accepted at clinics.

Please register early because clinic space is limited.  When maximum room capacity is reached, registrations must be closed.  Clinic locations and final class details will be sent to new referees by email after online registration and clinic sign-ups are completed.


This training is designed for BRAND NEW REFEREES who have not reffed with the AYSA before and plan start reffing during our Fall & Lower Division in Aug-Oct. If you are interested in refereeing this fall, you must complete our AYSA training program, which consists of three parts: 1) an online component, 2) attending classroom instruction, and 3) and an on-field training session.  Students must complete all components, and pass a 50-question test to become certified. Referees are required to register with the AYSA, but not with the State Association. There are no registration fees, and all clinics are free. Our AYSA Basic Referee classes are offered in June and July.  On-field training dates will be arranged for registered referees after they have completed classroom requirements.

Our fall training program requires new referees to complete one or two 3 hr classroom sessions, depending on the age level they plan to officiate.  The first 3-hr class, (also known as Part A), includes all the training and information a referee needs to be certified to referee U8 and U10 games. The 2nd 3-hour session, (Part B), covers additional topics and instruction that will qualify a person to Center referee and Assistant Referee for U12-U13 Fall games

Our 2014 Classroom sessions for new referees are listed below.  New referees must attend a U8-U10/PartA training session on either June 29 or July 8.  Completing one of these classroom trainings and the other components will qualify referees to officiate U8 and U10 games.  If you would like to officiate U12 and U13 games, you also need to attend a U12-U13/PartB training session on either July 22 or July 27.

Officiating U8-U10 Games:     Sunday, June 29          6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Officiating U8-U10 Games:     Tuesday, July 8          12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Officiating U12-U13 Games:    Tuesday, July 22        12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Officiating U12-U13 Games:    Sunday, July 27           6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Field training sessions will be arranged and scheduled during late July & early August. There will be two field dates scheduled before the fall season begins, and several others offered during the first two weeks of August. Remember, registrations will NOT be accepted the day of a class.

If you wish to begin refereeing in our August Lower Division & Fall Seasons, please send an email to Dave DeWitt at , (if you have not already done so).  That way we can make sure you are added to the correct clinic roster.  BUT...please make sure you have sent us which clinic date(s) you plan to attend.

To get started, please include the following information in your email:

    • Your full name
    • Home address, with Zip code
    • Phone number(s) Home & cell if avail
    • Primary Email address, (plus an alternate email addresses if you'd like)
    • Birthdate (use this format MM/DD/YYYY)
    • Parent(s) names (under 18 only)
    • Which soccer team you will play for, (if you play Fall soccer)
    • Which clinic date(s) you plan to attend

Once you've selected your clinic date, we will email full classroom details and instructions on how to complete your sign-up and start your training.  The email will also contain details and links showing how to find our AYSA referee web site, how to access your own referee account, and how to submit your referee availability for the season.  


Were you a first year referee last year?  If you attended a grade 8 referee clinic in the spring of 2013, you can find more information on how to recertify and continue to referee in 2014 if you click here.

If you attended a clinic in June or July of 2013 and refereed for the first time in Aug- Sept, 2013, check our "Training for New Referees" page on this site.

If you were certified as Grade 8, 7, or 6 last year, the information you need to recertify as a referee is now available.  For more information, please click here

If you are looking for a flexible evening and weekend summer work, consider refereeing. 
You must be at least 13 years old to referee in our Upper Division season, and at least 11 years old to referee in our Lower Division season.
Many games are weekday evenings.  We will try to schedule you for 2 games each evening that you work.



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