National Referee Council

The National Referee Council is a volunteer group of diverse and experienced volunteers whose members are recommended by the National Board of Directors. The mission of the Referee Council is to work collectively and cooperatively with AYSO Office professionals and Volunteer professionals to produce high-quality products that support the referee community in their efforts to provide a world class youth ...

National Referee Program Manual

This manual is an easy-to-use source of information regarding the AYSO National Referee Program. It contains information of use to all AYSO Referee Administrators, Instructors and Assessors. There are a number of additional publications which address specific aspects of running a referee program. The Regional Referee Administrator Manual is a must-have for all Referee Administrators. The AYSO edition of the Laws ...

Referee Instructor Resource Book

This manual is intended to provide the AYSO Referee Instructor with a quick reference to some of the tips and tools useful for providing high quality instruction to our referee volunteers. It is intended to supplement the information contained in the AYSO National Referee Program Manual (hereafter designated as the NRP Manual) and the Introduction to Instruction Resource Book.   ...

Referee Guideline

The Referee Guideline provides information fundamental for all referees.  It provides a summary of all 17 Laws, pre and post-game duties of the referee, and frequently asked questions regarding refereeing in AYSO. ...

Referee Program Idea Box

Here are some ideas for recruiting and retaining referees.  Please feel free to contribute your own hits and misses to referee@ayso.org.  These will be collated below so that Regions can decide what works for them.  It is just as important to share your failures as your successes: your experience can assist the next Region to either replicate your success ...

Section Referee Administrator Contact List

Find your SRA’s contact information for upgrades, training, and any other questions. ...

Silent Saturdays

Silent Saturday is used in AYSO Regions throughout the country. Its main purpose is to allow kids to just play and have fun. Silent Saturday is a throwback to the old schoolyard days when kids would congregate after school and on weekends just to play all day, without regard to who was winning and repercussions for poor play and decision-making. ...

Small-sided Games

This document sets out the recommended dimension of fields, the length of the halves, and the playing rules for small-sided games  for 6U, 8U, 10U, and 12U, including 4 v 4, 7 v 7, and 9 v 9. Information about the build-out line is also included here. Small-sided games ...

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

States are in acting legislation  requiring Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) education and training for individuals who work with children. AYSO Regions in these states will need to comply with these requirements immediately. As states adopt legislation, the Matrix below will be updated to reflect any requirements. INSTRUCTIONS FOR AYSO PARENTS AND COACHES Click on the information box for your role (Parent/Child or ...

The Regional Referee Administrator (RRA)

The Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) – is one of the 7 required Regional Board positions as specified in the National Bylaws and Standard Regional Policies and Protocols. The RRA position is intended to implement, monitor, and maintain the AYSO National Referee Program including program delivery, staff development, communication, and coordination at the regional level. The primary responsibilities of the Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) ...