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
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.
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: email@example.com. 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: Alan.Siegel@gmail.com
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: www.theifab.com/laws
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 Requirements. Contact 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 https://ayso1ref.com 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.