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.
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.