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Pass Area AYSO Region 641 - Beaumont, Banning, Cabazon, Calimesa and Cherry Valley

All AYSO Referees are Volunteers

Please support your child's team and volunteer to referee.
All training is provided, as well as uniform and equipment.

Sedrick Bedolla - Referee Administrator
Sergio Olvera - Assistant Referee Administrator
Jennifer Darr - Assistant Referee Administrator

How To Become a Referee

Steps to Become a Referee

AYSO Wiki Registering as a Volunteer

All Referees - New and Returning

1) Submit your volunteer application and complete the Sterling Volunteers Background Check. Returning Referee volunteers must submit an application every season.
- Go to the region website (you should already be on it)
- Click the Login or Register Now button in the upper right of the homepage. If you already have an account please do not create a new account.
- Once you are logged in, you will be on the My Account page.  On the left, click Volunteer, then click Find Volunteer Roles
- Select the current season (e.g. - Spring 2024 Core), then click on view roles.
- Find your age group and click on Referee
    Important! When you are asked Who would you like to sign up for this role?, only select yourself (the first option).
    Please DO NOT select Sign up a new user (the second option) - this creates many problems within the system.
- Follow the steps to completion and that will enter you into the coaches queue.

- You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your volunteer application.
- You will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers to complete the process, click the link in the email to submit your Background Check.

New Referees
2) Complete the Safe Haven training which consists of: (AYSO's Safe Haven, CDC Concussion Awareness and Sudden Cardiac Arrest courses)  
- Login to your account as above, click the Volunteer menu on the left, and click the AYSOU button under your name on the Volunteer page.
- On the left, click Training Library
- Under Safe Haven click View Courses 
- Then click Enroll and complete each of the following online courses
    AYSO's Safe Haven 
    CDC Concussion Awareness  
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    You do not need to take any other courses under the Safe Haven category. 
    Note: Especially, DO NOT select the course Access your Safe Sport Course Here as this is NOT a course. See Step 3 for the SafeSport requirement
- When you have completed each course, please download your course certificate (pdf). In the event there is a system problem, you can send us a copy of the pdf and we can send it to AYSO to show you completed a course. DO NOT upload your certificate to your AYSO account. The system will do this automatically.

3.)  Complete the SafeSport training online. Return to your account and click on Important Information from AYSO at the top of the Volunteer Page. There will be a link and instructions for SafeSport. (Minors do not take SafeSport)
When you create your account, use your legal name and the same email you used to register/login to Sports Connect.
The required course is called: SafeSport Trained (90 mins) and is Free for AYSO volunteers.

4.)  All volunteers must be fingerprinted via LiveScan.  (Minors do not get fingerprinted)
Option A: Register and attend a local event, Region 641 will be billed automatically. Local Event TBD.

Option B: Register and schedule an appointment at a LiveScan location. 
You will be required to pay $25, forward your receipt and reimbursement form to [email protected] for reimbursement

5.) Attend appropriate training course:

How to Sign Up for the Regional Referee Training Course

Youth Referees

How to Register as a New Youth Referee in Sports Connect

To register a new Youth Volunteer requires an email address not previously used in Sports Connect; this is due to the SSO requirements which use email as the Username. Typically, if the Youth is also a player, they are registered as a participant under their parent's account linked to the parent's email address.

How to Connect your youth to your family Sports Connect Account: Click Here

Follow the "Steps to Become a Referee."

Youth volunteers will show a Blue Background Check Status until their 18th birthday, at which time they will receive an invitation from the background check provider to complete a background check.

All youth volunteers are required to complete the 3 Safe Haven Courses in AYSOU.

Volunteer FAQ's

1. Why isn't my AYSOU button showing up? Click Here

2. My Risk Status is about to expire. How do I resubmit? Click Here

3. It has been 3 weeks and my Live Scan Fingerprinting is not verified in my account. What should I do? Click Here

4. I just completed an AYSOU certification. Do I need to upload the PDF certificate to my Sports Connect account? 
-You DO NOT need to upload the certificate or any other requirements, including Fingerprinting. The systems are linked and will do this automatically. Verification is quicker if you allow the system to upload the certificate.

Referee FAQ's

Who are AYSO referees?

All volunteers, they are us. Many referees start when their children are young and move up with them. Referee training is provided for all age groups and levels.

Why does AYSO need volunteer referees?

AYSO is 100 percent volunteer organization; we all do it for the kids. Each season we need as many referees as coaches if not more; refereeing is easier and less of a time commitment. AYSO is about playing Fun, Fair and Safe. Our referee training is what makes it possible. If there is no official to referee a game the kids don't get to play.

Where do I buy my uniform? Does my Region pay for this?

Referee uniforms are available from a variety of sources. We recommend supporting our National Sponsors like SCORE and The AYSO Store. It is the practice of Pass Area AYSO to provide a free shirt to the volunteers who become certified referees in our Region.

Can I referee my own child's games?

There is no national rule prohibiting a referee from refereeing their own child's game.  It can be a challenge to recruit referees, and regions vary greatly in their ability to cover officiating needs without using referees who are affiliated with the teams.  In some situations when there is a shortage of referees, having a parent officiate their own child's game may be the only option.  Since no simple rule can cover all the scheduling complexities that regions across the country face, AYSO leaves referee scheduling policies to the regions and areas.

Is prior soccer experience required to officiate?

No, but some familiarity with soccer is certainly a plus. Coaches, parents, players and other volunteers have all proved to be excellent referees even if they have never played soccer. Youth referees are welcome!

I am a soccer player and understand the game very well; can I just take the certification test and avoid some or all of the beginning course?

Currently this is not an option. Many of those who have played the game and think they know the Laws of the Game are surprised to find out how much there is to learn when they actually start studying to become a referee. Attending a face to face training course with an experienced instructor is a valuable learning experience.

What are the certification levels?

There are the six certification levels for AYSO referees. Here is a brief description of the requirements for each:

U-8 Official
(minimum age 10)
Complete the 8U Official Course and pass the 8U Official Exam.

Assistant Referee
(minimum age 12)
Complete the Assistant Referee Course and pass the Assistant Referee Exam.

Regional Referee
(minimum age 12)
Complete the Basic Referee Course and pass the Regional Referee Exam.

Intermediate Referee
(minimum age 14)
Complete 25 games as referee with at least five in 12U games, complete the Intermediate Referee Course, pass the Intermediate Referee Exam and be (observed) mentored in a 12U game.

Advanced Referee
(minimum age 16)
Complete 50 games as referee with at least 10 in 14U and five as an assistant referee (in 14U), complete the Advanced Referee Course, pass the Advanced Referee Exam, pass one assessment as referee and one as assistant referee in a 14U match, pass the AYSO Physical Fitness Test.

National Referee
(minimum age 18)
Complete 100 games as referee with at least 30 in 16U/19U games and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in 19U, complete the National Referee Course, pass the National Referee Exam, pass two assessments as referee in 16U or 16U matches and one as assistant referee in a 19U match, complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test.

Who is the Referee Administrator? What do they do?

The Referee Administrator is the person responsible for implementing the AYSO National Referee Program in specific parts of the country (Region, Area, Section or National).

Do I have to ref little kids before I can ref the older kids?

There is no requirement to referee younger players before refereeing older players. You may request referee assignments at whatever age level you feel comfortable. Refereeing at the various age levels requires different skills and just because the players are young doesn't necessarily mean the games are easier - they are different! Managing six or seven year olds (and their parents) and managing 14 or 15 year olds requires different skills. Officiating at the 16/19U is by invitation of the RRA.

What do I do if I have a problem at a game with a coach or a spectator?

Report to the Referee Administrator for all incidents in which a coach or a spectator behaves in a way that makes a game something other than a safe, positive, enjoyable growth experience for the children.

Is it safe for a teenage player or sibling to referee?

Teenagers who already like soccer have no trouble adapting at all - they know the game and what it takes to keep it safe, fair and fun. The training and time refereeing games can also earn them community service points as AYSO is a non-profit, volunteer, community organization.

Official Referee Uniform

Yellow jersey with black accents, black shorts; black socks with white stripes; black shoes.

The blue or green jersey may be worn when the yellow, black or red jerseys will not provide a clear contrast to either team's shirt colors.

Uniformity on the part of officials establishes initial credibility for them as a team. The referee and ARs should wear shirts of similar color and style. If the referee wears an alternate jersey of a color that the ARs do not have, the ARs' jerseys, whenever possible, should match each other.

What is the appropriate referee badge for AYSO referees?

The only badge appropriate for referees to wear during AYSO games is the current AYSO referee certification level badge earned by the referee. Exceptions: An International Referee may wear his or her FIFA badge; and, if provided, special referee tournament badges may be worn by referees during that tournament's games.

Are referees permitted to wear a cast or splint while refereeing?

The AYSO National Rules and Regulations prohibit players from participating in practices or games while wearing a cast or splint (even with a doctor's permission). However, there is no such prohibition for referees to officiate while wearing a cast or splint even if they are youth referees. The likelihood of an injury to players occurring from contact with the referee's cast or splint is very remote. Some padding on the cast may add a measure of protection.

May referees wear hats or sunglasses?

USSF has modified their recommendations related to the use of referee caps to enhance their support for the health and safety of referees. The detailed information along with some good tips can be found at:

AYSO will immediately apply the updated recommendations as follows. If a referee wears a cap, the following requirements apply:

  • The cap must not endanger the safety of the official or the players.
  • The cap should be solid black or predominately black color.
  • The cap may display the logo of AYSO (preferred), USSF, or FIFA, but should not display other logos, slogans, or commercial marks.

Who is responsible for the players' Medical Release Forms?

It is the coach's responsibility to be in possession of the Medical Release Forms at all practices and games. Referees are not required, nor recommended, to ask coaches to prove that they have players' Medical Release Forms in their possession at games. Referees should not require coaches to produce the forms at matches as this would, in effect, put the referee in the position of assuming a responsibility that properly belongs with the coach.

Are referees required to see a "Participation Release Form" before allowing a player to participate in games following a known serious injury or sickness which required professional medical attention?

No, this is not the referee's responsibility. It is the coach's responsibility to see and provide the Region Safety Director and/or Regional Commissioner with a copy of the form.

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