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Volunteer referees are needed to officiate at every AYSO game, so we need your help! You'll be trained and provided the necessary equipment (e.g., uniform, flags, whistle, etc.). Without trained referees, the kids can't play!
Heading the ball is not permitted in duing practice or games for divisions U12 and below. Division U14 allows up to 30 minutes of heading per practice and up to 15-20 headers per game.
Please visit our New Rules on Heading page for detailed information.
Each U6 and U8 game needs two trained and certified volunteer referees (one from each team) on the field. The two referees monitor the game to make sure the kids are safe and have fun. To be trained and certified, the volunteer referee must complete:
For U10, U12, and U14 Divisions, each team must provide at least one Assistant Referee or Referee (Regional or higher). AYSO uses a three person referee team, consisting of a referee and two assistant referees. The referee serves in the center of the field and oversees the match with the two assistant referees on their half of the touchline. To be one of the referees on the referee team, you must complete:
You can learn more about how to sign up to be an AYSO Referee with our Referee Signup Tutorial.
All referees must be eAYSO-registered for the current year, up to date with Safe Haven training (current or prior year), and certified for the age level they are refereeing.
U6 and U8 referees officiate their own team's matches. U6 Referee and U8 Referee cheatsheets are available.
U10, U12, and U14 referees use the AYSO San Mateo Referee System (http://referee.aysosm.org/) to volunteer for one or more matches.
You can learn more about how to use our referee system to volunteer for matches with our Referee System Tutorial.
We also have a Referee Frequently Asked Questions for common questions new referee have.
For U10, U12, U14, and U16/U19 divisions, referee coordinators assist in ensuring matches are properly staffed. If you have a question regarding a particular division, click on the coordinator's name to email them.
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|U16/U19||William Wong and Brian Coffman More Information for Area 2N.|
Kids Zone Feedback is used to document any game problems or incidents of misconduct. This report must be filed by the referee for any game with sportsmanship point deductions.
Incidents in the Under 16 and Under 19 leagues use the
24 Hour Report
which goes to the Area 2N staff.