Referees

Training Update: See Referee Training Dates and Details here!

John Hanken  Regional Referee Administrator
Nancy Gerber Regional Director of Referee Instruction (RDRI)
Andrew Bain Regional Director of Referee Assessment (RDRA)
Chris Hernandez Assistant Regional Referee Administrator (ARRA)
Navindra Gambhir Referee Scheduler

New for Fall 2017: USSF Player Development Initiatives

AYSO, as a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), is implementing a number of important player initiatives for the first time in the fall of 2017. These changes include:

  • Move to birth-year registration
  • Revised small sided games guidelines for 12U and under
  • Introduction of the Build Out Line for 10U

All referees must understand these new initiatives, and there is much to learn!  Please review the material below and be prepared to attend mandatory referee update training.

General Referee Information

Referee Scheduling Assistant

Check out our online referee scheduling program at www.phmsa.org/referees. From this program you can check your list of referee assignments, see who you are refereeing with, signup for vacancies in the schedule, or cancel assignments if you discover you cannot make a game. (If you must cancel a scheduled game assignment, please do so at least 72 hours or as soon as possible prior to game time.) You also have access to the referee database, with contact information for fellow referees.

To use the referee program you will need to login with a user ID and password. You should have already received information about your ID and default password during your referee certification or refresher course*. If you are having trouble logging in, please email ref_logins@phmsa.org. After you have logged in for the first time, please go to the referee database and change your password from the default to something else.

Volunteer Forms Required Every Year

All participants must be registered volunteers in the year for which they are planning to referee (http://www.ayso281.org) and must have completed Safe Haven training (http://aysou.org). Please bring proof of both to the classroom session. For those taking the online companion course, you must provide proof of completion of the online course prior to the field training. Questions? Contact refinstruct@phmsa.org.

Referee volunteers will be supplied with a complete uniform consisting of a jersey, shorts, socks, hat, whistle and lanyard, flipping coin, and a referee badge at the completion of the course. Regional referees will also be provided with a match wallet and flags. All referees must provide largely black athletic shoes and an electronic watch.

8U Official Referee Course 

To officiate 6U, 7U (where available) and 8U games. The 8U Referee course is ~4 hours long and designed to prepare referees to officiate 8U and younger matches.

Registration for the course is through AYSO U (http://aysou.org). Once you’ve logged in, select “Live Courses” and click on the date of the course you want to register for. Select “Sessions” next to 8U Official and then “Register”. Use the search function on your browser to find the PHMSA courses.

Regional Referee Course

To officiate 9U (where available) and 10U games.

The Regional Referee Course is available in three formats.

 

Format 1 – One-day class version: the entire course is done in one day, in a combination of classroom and field work. This version is highly recommended for those who are relatively new to the game of soccer as it affords plenty of time for questions and reinforcement of the main points.

Registration for the course is through AYSO U (http://aysou.org). Once you’ve logged in, select “Live Courses” and click on the date of the course you want to register for. Select “Sessions” next to Regional Referee Course and then “Register”. Use the search function on your browser to find the PHMSA courses.

Format 2 – Two-day class version: a four-hour evening class plus another 4 hours in a field day. This version is also recommended for those who are relatively new to the game of soccer as it affords plenty of time for questions and reinforcement of the main points.

Registration for the course is through AYSO U (http://aysou.org). Once you’ve logged in, select “Live Courses” and click on the date of the course you want to register for. Select “Sessions” next to Regional Referee Course and then “Register”. Use the search function on your browser to find the PHMSA courses.

Format 3 – Online Companion version: This course is split into an online component (~2 hours) and an in-class component to review the online portion, do some fieldwork, answer your questions, and take the exam (~4 hours). This version is only recommended for those that have played soccer or know the game well.

Registration for the course is through AYSO U (http://aysou.org). Once you’ve logged in, select “Live Courses” and click on the date of the course you want to register for. Select “Sessions” next to Regional Referee Online Companion Course and then “Register”. Use the search function on your browser to find the PHMSA courses.

Intermediate Referee Training (3-day course)

The Intermediate Referee Training Course is the next level of continuing education for the Regional Referee. It prepares the referee for officiating at the U-12 level. The Intermediate level certification will soon be required by AYSO National to officiate U-12 games. The requirements for advancement include 25 games as referee with at least 5 in U-12 and completion of the Intermediate Referee Course.

Advanced Referee Training (3-day course)

The Advanced Referee Training Course is the next level of continuing education for the Intermediate Referee. It prepares the referee for officiating at the U-14 level. The Advanced level certification will soon be required by AYSO National to officiate U-14 games. The requirements for advancement include 50 games as referee with at least 10 games as referee in U-14 and 5 games as assistant referee in U-14, and completion of the Advanced Referee Course.

Referee Update Course
(3-hour course)

The Refresher Training Course is for all returning certified referees (Regional, Intermediate, Advanced, National). We will discuss the Child and Volunteer Protection Act, review the Laws of the Game, explain changes to the Laws of the Game, and discuss our referee mentor program.

Red and Yellow Cards, Incidents and Injuries

The issuance of a Red or Yellow card should not be shown at the U10 age group and younger and should be rare in U12 and U14. For U10 and below use a verbal warning for cautions, or if it is a send off offense, ask the Coach to remove the U10 offender from the match. Coaches may be verbally cautioned and reminded of the PHMSA No Tolerance Policy. Parents or spectators should be handled through the coach, but can also be reminded of the PHMSA No Tolerance Policy. Serious incidents with coaches, parents or spectators should be reported via the Misconduct/Incident email form.

Issuance of Send Offs and Cautions (Red and Yellow cards) or Incidents/Injuries must be reported to the Regional Referee Administrator, by the Referee, at the first opportunity after the match, by submitting the appropriate portion of this form. The Caution Report need only have the top portion of the form completed, or add details if you think it necessary. The Send Off report should contain both the top portion if applicable, as well as the Send Off portion and the Details portion, which includes a brief description of what happened and the disciplinary action taken. If you, as the Referee, would like your assistants, to report what they saw and did, you can direct them to fill out the Details portion of this report as well. All reports, need the GameID and referees names from the Referee Scheduler. If the game was played with a team from another region, the report should additionally include the coach’s name and region of the other team. The player’s ID card (Select) or Game Card should contain all of the information required for the report. Make sure you copy this information, and return the card to the coach or player before they leave the field.

A standard AYSO Misconduct/Incident form in pdf format, can be downloaded for the purpose of familiarizing yourself with the information needed to be reported. It can be found in the forms section of this Referee’s page. Please familiarize yourself with the standard form so that you acquire the necessary information on the field. The written email report will be submitted directly to the Referee Administrator.

Referee No-Tolerance Policy

Please read the No-Tolerance Policy concerning the abuse of referees by coaches and other spectators.

Last updated on August 31, 2017