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There are the six certification levels for AYSO referees. Here is a brief description of the requirements for each. Contact your Regional Commisioner (RC) under the Regions page for more details:
(minimum age 10)
Complete the U-8 Official Course and pass the U-8 Official Exam.
(minimum age 12)
Complete the Assistant Referee Course and pass the Assistant Referee Exam.
(minimum age 12)
Complete the Basic Referee Course and pass the Regional Referee Exam.
(minimum age 14)
Complete 25 games as referee with at least five in U-12 games, complete the Intermediate Referee Course, pass the Intermediate Referee Exam and be (observed) mentored in a U-12 game.
Advanced Referee Course description
(minimum age 16)
Complete 50 games as referee with at least 10 in U-14 and five as an assistant referee (in U-14), complete the Advanced Referee Course, pass the Advanced Referee Exam, pass one assessment as referee and one as assistant referee in a U-14 match, pass the AYSO Physical Fitness Test and do a minimum of five service units (contact your RRA for details).
(minimum age 18)
Complete 100 games as referee with at least 30 in U-16 and U-19 games and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in U-19, complete the National Referee Course, pass the National Referee Exam, pass two assessments as referee in U-16 or U-19 matches and one as assistant referee in a U-19 match, complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test and do an additional five service units (contact your RRA for details).
Assessments occur when upgading to a Advanced or National referee badge. For the National referee badge, Section 7 requires:
- Assistant Referee assessment on a U19 game
- Referee assessment U16
- Referee assessment U19
To be complete, an assessment usually is done during a game deemed challenging. High school competitive soccer games may be considered.
Asseessor forms are available at the national site Referee Forms