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Referee Training


Referee Training Courses

(See below for Intermediate and higher referee training courses)

All referees with a Regional Badge or Higher (for 9U and older), please review the 2020 & 2021 Annual Update on the Referee Guidelines page.

If you missed the Returning Referees Meeting, please review the slide deck here.  It includes special COVID protocols of which we must be aware.

Be sure to register as a volunteer each year (step 2 below) and take the one-time required courses in step 4.

Returning referees are also encouraged to retake the Regional Referee Training  - Online course on AYSOU as a refresher.  See step 6a below.

2021-2022 Referee Training Courses in Palos Verdes 

To referee in 8U, all training this year is online on AYSOU. See below for the steps to register as a volunteer, take the 3 one-time required courses for all volunteers and then take the 8U Official course.

To referee in 9U and older, the course is taken in 2 parts: The online Regional Referee Training and then the required Regional Referee Companion Course - Full In-Person Course in Panther Room 207 at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, 27118 Silver Spur, RHE 90274.

In-Person Class Schedule:

January 5, 2022 (Wednesday) 6 pm - 9:15 pm (newly added course) UPDATED 1/4/22: Due to COVID concerns, this class has been canceled

If none of these classes work for your schedule, look in AYSOU for nearby classes in Area 1/F or Area 1/D. 


Please follow these instructions to use AYSOU to sign up for referee courses:

Please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, and follow the steps to the letter!  If you have any questions signing up, please call the Help Desk numbers below.

To referee in 8U you must be at least 10 years old; to referee in 9U or older, you must be at 12 years old.  All referee training courses are free of charge, and we provide to Region 10 registered volunteers the uniform or t-shirt that you will wear on the field.

  1. All referees or assistant referees and all youth referees must follow steps 2 through 4 and then 5 or 6 depending on the age group in which you want to referee.

  2. Register as an AYSO Volunteer in Region 10 in SportsConnect (formerly Blue Sombrero), here:

    1. Create an account or login to your existing account. 

    2. Follow the links to be a volunteer.

    3. Click on the Volunteer Button on the left, then click on FIND VOLUNTEER ROLES in the upper right

    4. Choose the current Program: FALL, WINTER, or SPRING and click on VIEW DIVISIONS, select 1 or more Divisions to ref in (you only need to pick one), then click VIEW SELECTED OPPORTUNITIES

    5. Find the REFEREE line (if you are 18 or older) or YOUTH REFEREE (if you are under age 18) and click SIGN UP. Complete and e-Sign the form as instructed. AYSO will conduct a background check on all volunteers.

    6. Note that it is an AYSO requirement to complete the volunteer form every year.

  3. Click on the HOME icon (or MY ACCOUNT), click on the Volunteer menu on the left. Under your name, click on the AYSOU button to log in to the AYSOU Learning Management System (eTrainU) where you will enroll and take several courses.
  4. All volunteers must take these 3 courses. If completed previously, you do not need to take them again. Click on TRAINING LIBRARY on the left menu, find the Safe Haven Courses, click on View Courses and take:

    1. AYSO’s Safe Haven - Online. This will take about 40 minutes.

    2. CDC HEADS UP Concussion Training - Online. This will take about 40 minutes.

    3. Sudden Cardiac Arrest -  Online. This will take about 30 minutes.

    4. Note for referees in 9U who are short on time, do these 3 courses after you have completed step 6a. It is most important that you complete step 6a before coming to class. These three short courses can be completed afterwards.

  5. To referee in 8U or younger, in AYSOU, click on TRAINING LIBRARY. Find the Refereeing block, click on VIEW COURSES, find 8U Official Course - Online, click ENROLL.  Take all the modules in order, including the exam at the end.  You will be provided with a referee T-shirt and whistle at one of the September classes listed above.  The equipment is available starting 2 hours after the start time.  If you are unable to make it there, please email Shannon Mastan ( and she will make arrangements for you to pick these up at her house near Ridgecrest Intermediate School.  Then read the Referee Guidelines for 8U, and go to our referee scheduling system.  (Create a login account if you do not have one.  You will be approved within 24 hours and can then sign up to referee your child's home games.)  Thank you for helping make a great soccer experience for kids in Region 10.

  6. To referee in 9U or older, you must enroll and FULLY COMPLETE the 90-minute online course BEFORE COMING TO CLASS, and also enroll and come to the Companion Class at PV Peninsula High School.  (Note that the prior site is not used.  These courses are in eTrainU as noted in step 3 above.)

    1. In AYSOU, click on TRAINING LIBRARY.  Find the Refereeing block, click on VIEW COURSES, find Regional Referee Training - Online, click ENROLL.  Take all the modules in order, including the exam at the end. Take a picture on your phone of the Completion Certificate to show in the in-person class. (Note that the AYSO Summary of the Laws of the Game is a quick reference, but this does not replace taking the entire course.) 

    2. Also, in AYSOU, enroll in one of the required in-person courses. Click on TRAINING LIBRARY. Find the Refereeing block, click on VIEW COURSES, find Regional Referee Companion Course - Full In-Person Course, then click: ENROLL, click: START, click: VIEW SLIDES, click: START, click: CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING. Then on the Event Calendar, navigate to the desired date of the in-person course and click on that course, then click: ENROLL. Be sure to read all the instructions and pre-requisites. SPECIAL NOTE: if you receive an error message that you have not completed the pre-requisites to enroll in the in-person course, it just means that you skipped the first enrolling step in 6b.  Do this, and then you will be able to enroll using the Training Event Calendar.

    3. If other local courses are more convenient, you can find them by removing the Region 10 filter on the Training Event calendar page.  Look for other courses in nearby Area 1F or Area 1D. 

    4. Special note for Youth Referees coming to the Companion Class: All referees who are under age 18, are welcome to take the referee training classes to learn the Laws of the Game. Please understand that becoming a referee takes a significant commitment from the referee and his/her parent or guardian. We require all youth referees to bring to the Companion class a signed Youth Referee Commitment Form and a check in order to receive the referee uniform. Please see the Youth Referee Commitment Form for all details.

Common Problems:

For any technical problems with logging into SportsConnect or AYSOU or signing up for courses, contact the AYSO Help Desk at (866) 588-2976 (Monday – Friday business hours) or by email: Also, see the SPECIAL NOTE in step 6b above if you get a pre-requisites not completed error message.


For any questions on which course to take, please email the lead instructor:

For more information on the Laws of the Game and how they apply to AYSO, see the AYSO’s Summary of the Laws of the Game - Online in AYSOU: Training Library tab, Referee Courses and also the entire FIFA Laws including annual updates here:



Player Development Initiatives - Special Rules for 9U through 12U:

PDI Explanation  (NOTE: in our Section, heading is banned in 12U and below, even though there may be single-age divisions)
FAQ for Referees on the PDI


Short Video Explanation of the PDI


Other Referee Training


Want to get your name on the Referee Hall of Fame (bottom of the Referee page here). Then upgrade your referee badge this year to Intermediate, Advanced or National.  Ask any of the referee staff if you have questions.

What are the requirements to upgrade your badge? See this attachment: Ref Certification RequirementsContact Michael Wolff
 to let him know that you want to start the upgrade process.


Area 1F  will likely offer Intermediate Referee training in the Fall and in Q1.  See the schedules once posted on AYSOU, or search for any other nearby classes.


Section 1 has Referee Training in Arcadia every January.  All classes from Regional through National, as well as Instructor and Assessor are offered and taught by very good instructors.  See for all details.


The Ken Aston Camps are a great opportunity to take these classes over a summer weekend in Orange County.  See Ken Aston Camps for more info.

Has your child moved up to an older age division?  Make sure you know the specifics for refereeing in that age division: read the Division Referee Guidelines.


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