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Can I referee my own child’s games?

Yes. There is no rule prohibiting a referee from refereeing their own child’s game.   This can be especially common at the younger age groups.  It can be a challenge to recruit referees, and regions vary greatly in their ability to cover officiating needs without using referees who are affiliated with the teams.  In some situations when there is a shortage of referees, having a parent officiate their own child’s game may be the only option.  Since no simple rule can cover all the scheduling complexities that regions across the country face, AYSO leaves referee scheduling policies to the regions and areas.