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Pacifica AYSO 157

Referees Clinic Dates 2019 :


We Are Training New Referees!  

Sunday, September 29th
Oddstad Field from 9a-1p



YOU MUST COMPLETE PRE-WORK (ONLINE TRAINING) AND SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER 
BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE THE ON-FIELD TRAINING

Companion training to the online classes www.aysou.org

The next on-field class is Sunday, Sept. 8, at Oddstad Field from 9a-1p. 

Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/8252159020107 

 

YOU MUST COMPLETE PRE-WORK (ONLINE TRAINING) AND SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER
BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE THE ON-FIELD TRAINING

 

Our region has adopted a policy that teams must contribute referees for every game they play in Pacifica.  We have to share the load.  This responsibility should not fall to coaches.  Please get trained, or motivate someone you know to get trained. 

There are many Law Changes in effect in for 2019!  


Law Changes and Referee Guidance

  1. The 2019-2020 IFAB Laws of the Game are available and AYSO has provided a 1-page summary of these LOTG and associated PDI rules.

  2. What's the Build-out Line on the 10U fields? Video: applying the build-out line in 10U matches

"First Level" training is the starting training & certification course for new referees.  It covers the Laws of the Game and Match Procedures.  After taking and passing this course, referees receive a Regional AYSO referee badge, and are certified to referee games for ages up to 12U.  Even experienced and knowledgeable soccer players and coaches will start with this training and certification, after which they can proceed to Intermediate and higher certifications. 

YOU MUST COMPLETE PRE-WORK (ONLINE TRAINING) AND SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER 
BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE THE ON-FIELD TRAINING

AYSO Referees

Who are AYSO referees?

All volunteers, they are us. Many referees start when their children are young and move up with them. Referee training is provided for all age groups and levels.

Why does AYSO need volunteer referees?

AYSO is 100 percent 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.

How do I become an AYSO referee?

You must first complete an AYSO volunteer application form and be approved as an AYSO volunteer by your local AYSO Region. Once you are approved as a volunteer, the training to become an AYSO referee is provided to you for free. You should contact our Region's Referee Administrator at [email protected] to get more information about the training schedule for referees in our Region.

Can I referee my own child's games?

There is no national rule prohibiting a referee from refereeing their own child's game.  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.

What is Safe Haven?

AYSO makes a commitment to provide a safe place for children to play and compete. The referee has a responsibility to help make the environment safe, as well as fun. To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven™. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer.

Safe Haven™ is a unique program that all AYSO volunteers are required and how we can all participate in making the AYSO experience a positive one for our kids. In addition, there is an online class. Safe Haven™ certification is mandatory for all AYSO coaches and referees on a nation-wide basis, and can be obtained by attending a clinic where Safe Haven™ training is offered. A referee who has been Safe Haven™ certified will be entitled to legal protection for work as a referee under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997. 

Is prior soccer experience required to officiate?

No, but some familiarity with soccer is certainly a plus. Coaches, parents, players and other volunteers have all proved to be excellent referees even if they have never played soccer. Youth referees are welcome!

Who is the Referee Administrator? What do they do?

The Referee Administrator is the person responsible for implementing the AYSO National Referee Program in specific parts of the country (Region, Area, Section or National). 

Do I have to ref little kids before I can ref the older kids?

There is no requirement to referee younger players before refereeing older players. You may request referee assignments at whatever age level you feel comfortable. Refereeing at the various age levels requires different skills and just because the players are young doesn't necessarily mean the games are easier - they are different! Managing six or seven year olds (and their parents) and managing 14 or 15 year olds requires different skills. Officiating at the 16/19U is by invitation of the RRA. 

What do I do if I have a problem at a game with a coach or a spectator?

Report to the Referee Coordinator for the appropriate age group all incidents in which a coach or a spectator behaves in a way that makes a game something other than a safe, positive, enjoyable growth experience for the children. 

Is it safe for a teenage player or sibling to referee?

Teenagers who already like soccer have no trouble adapting at all - they know the game and what it takes to keep it safe, fair and fun. The training and time refereeing games can also earn them community service points as AYSO is a non-profit, volunteer, community organization.

Becoming a Referee

Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun! 

Referees are critical to soccer - the game can't be played without them. The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. He is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees. 

The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players. 

The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred. 

We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players. 

Contact your Regional Commissioner if you are ready to become a referee.

National Partners

AYSO Region 157 Thanks Our Sponsors for their continued support!!

Contact Us

Pacifica AYSO 157

PO Box 615 
PACIFICA, California 94044

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 650-738-8727
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