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.