There are the six certification levels for AYSO referees. Here is a brief description of the requirements for each. Contact your Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) for more details:
(minimum age 10)
Complete the U-8 Official Course and pass the U-8 Official Exam.
(minimum age 12)
Complete the Assistant Referee Course and pass the Assistant Referee Exam.
(minimum age 12)
Complete the Regional Referee Course and pass the Regional Referee Exam.
There is an online version and an in-person option for Regional Certification.
(minimum age 14)
Complete 25 games as referee with at least five in U-12 games, complete the Intermediate Referee Course, pass the Intermediate Referee Exam and be (observed) mentored in a U-12 game.
(minimum age 16)
Complete 50 games as referee with at least 10 in U-14 and five as an assistant referee (in U-14), complete the Advanced Referee Course, pass the Advanced Referee Exam, pass one assessment as referee and one as assistant referee in a U-14 match, pass the AYSO Physical Fitness Test.
(minimum age 18)
Complete 100 games as referee with at least 30 in U-16 and U-19 games and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in U-19, complete the National Referee Course, pass the National Referee Exam, pass two assessments as referee in U-16 or U-19 matches and one as assistant referee in a U-19 match, complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test.
It is the practice of almost all AYSO Regions to provide a free uniform to the volunteers who become certified referees in their Region. If not provided by your Region, referee uniforms are available from a variety of sources. We recommend supporting our National Sponsors like SCORE and The AYSO Store. You will be provided a badge by your Region upon completing the relevant referee course.
Official Referee Uniform
“New-style” yellow jersey (short or long sleeve); black shorts; black socks with two stripe middle; black shoes with black laces (may have white manufacturer’s logo). Both “Pro” style jerseys with a zipper and “Economy” style jerseys with a ‘v’ neck are acceptable. “Old-style” jerseys and socks are still acceptable , but are being phased out of use.
Green jersey with black stripes (long or short sleeve).
Red jersey with black stripes (long or short sleeve).
Blue jersey with black stripes (long or short sleeve).
Black jersey with white stripes (long or short sleeve).
There is no order of preference among the alternate jerseys. The other parts of the referee uniform (shorts, socks, shoes) do not change if the referee wears an alternate shirt.