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Yorba Linda/Placentia - Region 1398

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AYSO is an all-volunteer organization and we need YOUR help to support youth soccer for our kids!  AYSO1398 is looking for youth and adult volunteers to become referees.
(Without referees, the kids don’t get to play so please consider helping us out!)

No experience needed – we will train you and provide most of the gear you will need!  We are looking for small commitments from many referees.  Refereeing just 1 match each Saturday would be a HUGE help.  You can self-assign for matches just before or after your child’s game to make it convenient and minimize the time away from your family.  We also have 4 different age divisions plus our Extra teams, so there are opportunities for every skill level, from beginner to advanced.  Plus, refereeing is fun and you’ll get some good exercise!

How do you become an AYSO Referee?  It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1.      Register as an AYSO Youth or Adult Volunteer

·         Click “Register Now” and give us your info

·         Complete the required Volunteer training and certification

·         Adult volunteers must complete a background check and fingerprinting (AYSO pays for it)

·         Volunteers are covered by AYSO Insurance and the Volunteer Protection Act (no risk to you)

2.      Referee Training – Online Portion                                                                                                             

·         Once registered as an AYSO volunteer, click the AYSOU link from your “Roles & Certificates” page to view available classes for                          each volunteer role (i.e. referees, coaches, administrators, etc.)

·         Training Library ---> Refereeing ---> Regional Referee-Online + In-Person Companion (2 Part Bundle)

·         Complete the online course before attending the in-person class

3.      Referee Training – Classroom Portion & On-Field Workshop                                                                  

·         Join us in-person for the second half of the course.  We will cover laws of the game as well as game-day mechanics and
                  tips/tricks for new referees.  We have a good time and will feed you!

·         Offered on two nights (only 1 night required – take your choice):

o   February 22 or 23, 6:00 – 9:00 PM @ Yorba Linda Community Center

·         On-Field Workshop for new Referees – Experienced referee mentors will be helping new referees during pre-season scrimmages                      to get familiar with the process and build confidence:

o   February 25, 8:00 – 11:30 AM @ Jean Woodard Park



Purpose- The AYSO volunteer position of referee is intended to manage soccer matches played between teams of youth players in the age groups from U-5 to U-19 according to the AYSO National Rules and Regulations, the FIFA Laws of the Game and the training curriculum as specified in the AYSO National Referee Program. The referee is expected to cooperate with coaches and other officials to develop a positive self-image in the players and to provide a good role model for all AYSO participants.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities-
The referee is expected to:
1. Support the AYSO National Referee Program in both specifics and spirit;
2. Attend regional referee meetings before and during the season as required;
3. Attend specific referee training courses to develop refereeing skills;
4. Attend referee refresher courses (continuing education training) as necessary to maintain AYSO rules, the FIFA Law knowledge, and to become familiar with changes;
5. Officiate matches to which he/she is assigned according to the AYSO rules, the FIFA Laws and prevailing guidelines;
6. Keep a record of each match he/she officiates and make special reports as necessary;
7. Support the AYSO philosophies;
8. Support the regional commissioner and staff;
9. Cooperate with the regional referee administrator and referee staff on issues pertaining to refereeing;
10. Present a healthy environment and model by refraining from consuming alcoholic beverages or using tobacco products in the immediate vicinity of the soccer fields; and
11. Carry out any other refereeing tasks as necessary.  

Qualifications and Desired Skills To be considered for the position of referee, the applicant must:
1. Successfully pass a screening, including a background check;
2. Annually submit a Volunteer Application Form and be approved as a volunteer in an AYSO region;
3. Complete AYSO referee certification.
4. Complete AYSO Safe Haven Referee Certification.
5. Be reliable;
6. Have an interest in helping children;
7. Have good character;
8. Be interested in promoting the benefits of youth sports, especially soccer; and
9. Be physically capable.

Supervision Protocols While performing as the referee, the volunteer is:
1. Subject to the bylaws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines of AYSO;
2. Under the overall authority of and directly supervised by the regional referee administrator, and supervised indirectly by the regional commissioner; and
3. To maintain the recommended adult to child supervision ratio of 1:8 or less; that is one adult for every eight or fewer children and two adults (one of whom may be the coach and one of whom should be of the same gender as the group) present at all times. For the protection of both the children and the volunteer, no volunteer should permit himself or herself to be alone with any child or group of children (except his
or her own) during AYSO-sponsored activities. 

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Region 1398 Yorba Linda / Placentia

P.O. Box 1115 
Yorba Linda, California 92885

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