Yes, it is more than OK. Players are encouraged to become referees. It can even help them to become better players!
The Player Referee Organization (PRO) is a program designed to help teenage players become a referee. PRO referees are provided training, mentoring, and opportunities to challenge themselves. Teenage referees gain a variety of benefits from being a referee, including self-confidence, assertiveness, problem-solving skills and increased communication abilities. The training and time refereeing games can also earn them community service points, as AYSO is a non-profit, volunteer, community organization.
You must first complete an AYSO volunteer application and be approved as an AYSO volunteer by your local AYSO Region. Once you are approved as a volunteer, the training to become an AYSO referee is provided to you for free. You should contact your AYSO Region’s Referee Administrator to get more information about the training schedule for referees in your Region. See Volunteer Requirements for more information.
They are us: volunteers. Many referees start when their children are young and move up with them. Referee training is provided for all age groups and levels.
AYSO is a 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.