Referee Training & Certification Requirements

Fall 2017 Training Schedule -
  • U8 Official Course  (for U7 and U8 new Referees) 
    • Tuesday September 5th - 630-930 pm
    • Arrillaga  Family Recreation Center at Burgess Park, 700 Alma Rd, Menlo Park  -
      • the Oak Room
  • Basic Referee Online Companion Course (For U9 and above New Referees and Returning U8 Only Referees) 
    • Wednesday September 6th - 6:00-10:00 pm
    • Arrillaga  Family Recreation Center at Burgess Park, 700 Alma Rd, Menlo Park  -
      • the Oak Room
  • Returning Referee Refresher - Learn all the changes to the Laws of the Game for 2017! (All ages)   TO BE SCHEDULED!!!!!
Registration for both courses is available on AYSOU.org


AYSO is 100 percent volunteer organization; we all do it for the kids. Each season we need as many referees as coaches (if not more) and refereeing is easier and less of a time commitment - in most cases you will be able to referee your own child's games. AYSO is about playing Fun, Fair and Safe. Our referee training is what makes it possible. If there is no trained, certified official to referee a game the kids don't get to play.  We will provide you with everything you need to know to referee, no experience or prior knowledge of the game is required! All you need to become a referee or move to the next level in refereeing is on this page - if you can't find it here, please contact the Regional Referee Administrator.


Overview
All referees must be trained and certified in AYSO.  There are three types of basic training offered by our region (see below for advanced training opportunities):

1) U8 Training: This training takes one night and is usually offered the week before the fall season starts.  This is required for all new Referees for U7 & U8.
2) Regional Training: Regional training is a combination of online and a three-hour in-person training. This is required for all new Referees and Assistant Referees for U9 and above.
3) Refresher Training: This is for all currently-certified referees who are looking for a refresher course before the season starts.  You do not need to sign up for Refresher training, just show up for the appropriate course in the Training Schedule above.

In addition to the above, each referee must pass on online course called Safe Haven (see below) and have a current Volunteer form filed with the Region (that was done as part of registration, and must be done annually). It is also HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you complete CDC Concussion Safety Course.

In summary, you'll need the following:                                                                                                                             

New Referees

  • ALL NEW REFEREES
    • Completed volunteer form at AYSO Blue Sombrero 
    • REQUIRED Safe Haven Certification -
      • Taken Online at AYSOU.org
      • Found Here:  https://aysou.org/MyCourses.aspx
      • Takes less than 1 hr
    • Highly Recommended: CDC Concussion Course
      • Taken Online at AYSOU.org
      • Found Here:  https://aysou.org/MyCourses.aspx
      • Takes less than 1 hr
  • U7 and U8 Referee - U8 Referee training and certification, taken in person -
    • Enroll at AYSO.Org under Product Catalog, Referee Courses -
    • Find the Menlo Park U8 Course listed above and register
    • Show up, eat dinner, take the training and you are good to go!
  • U9-U12 Referees: Training & Certification as a Regional Referee, meaning in addition to ALL referee above you must complete both of below courses:
    • FIRST: The Regional Referee Online Course
      • Taken Online at AYSOU.org AND Found here
      • There is a $7 fee for taking this course, we are working on a reimbursement process, sorry, this is driven by national, not us.
      • This course takes 60-90 minutes
    • SECOND: The Basic Referee Online Companion in person course
      • Enroll at AYSO.Org under Product Catalog, Referee Courses -
      • Find the Menlo Park Regional Referee Online Companion Course listed above and register
      • Show up, eat dinner, take the training and you are good to go!

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Returning Referees

  • If you have NOT completed the CDC Concussion Course it is highly recommended that you do this ASAP!
    • Taken Online at AYSOU.org
    • Found Here:  https://aysou.org/MyCourses.aspx  - This course is free.
    • Takes less than 1 hr
  • If you were U8 referee in previous season but will be refereeing U9 or higher (U9+) this season:
    • Unfortunately, you will have to register all over again in AYSO's new system
      AYSO Blue Sombrero
    • The Regional Referee Online Course
      • Taken Online at AYSOU.org AND Found here
      • There is a $7 fee for taking this course, we are working on a reimbursement process, sorry, this is driven by national, not us.
    • The Basic Referee Online Companion in person course
      • Enroll at AYSO.Org under Product Catalog, Referee Courses -
      • Find the Menlo Park U8 Course listed above and register
    • Since returning referees have already completed Safe Haven, there's no need to take that again.

  • IF you were a Regional, Intermediate, Advanced or National referee in previous season
    • You will have to register again at AYSO Blue Sombrero
    • If you don't know what level ref you are, log into aysou.org click on the transcripts tab, then click on the "click here for your transcripts history" link.
    • Since returning referees have already completed Safe Haven, there's no need to take that again.
    • If you just need uniforms/equipment, come by the trainings (see below) to pick up what you need.

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Systems

Our region uses three different systems (take a deep breath):
  • This website, mpsoccer.org, is where once you've logged on you do the following:
    • Register your child to play, and you as a volunteer referee.
      • Signup for the age groups you'd like to ref
    • U9 and older refs schedule themselves for games they'll referee.
    • U10 and older refs enter and submit games cards to the region
  • AYSO Blue Sombrero
    • Complete Volunteer form and registration
  • AYSO University (AYSOU.org)
    • Take the Safe Haven Course and the CDC Concussion course
    • Take the Regional Referee Online Course - There is a $7 fee for taking this course, we are working on a reimbursement process, sorry, this is driven by national, not us.
    • Register for the in person courses
All of these systems will be explained in their context below and elsewhere in this website.  Once you are done with your training and have your eAYSO number, you typically will do just about everything else on the mpsoccer.org website.  It can be a bit confusing, but most of you will be using just our website, mpsoccer.org, once the season gets started, so bear with us.

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Referee Certification Required


Each referee must be certified to the level of his division, or higher. Certification is obtained by completing the appropriate clinics and other requirements. The Recommended Certification shown is the minimum the region recommends for that division.

 Division      Minimum Certification  Recommended Certification
 Kinder           No Referee    No Referee
 U7  U8 Official  U8
 U8  U8 Official  U8
 U9 Regional Regional
 U10
Regional  Regional
 U12 Regional  Intermediate 
 U14 Regional  Advanced 
 U16 Intermediate  National 
 U19 Advanced  National 

We are always in need  of Intermediate, Advanced and National Referees for the older divisions games.  We highly encourage previously certified referees to consider advancing their skills in order to better enjoy their refereeing experience and provide the higher level of understanding of the laws and their application needed for the higher divisions.  For information on Intermediate, Advanced and National certification please contact the referee administrator or look up opportunities on AYSOU.org.  Golden Gate Camp, right in our back yard is a great opportunity to get your advanced badge training!  And we will pick up the tab!!

If you cannot attend the listed dates at the top of the page, go to AYSOU.org and look for nearby classes.  There are usually classes in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Redwood City and Mountain View as well as others.

For alternatives to our fall training, there are dozens of U8 and Basic Online Companion Courses being offered in the Section.

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If you are unable to make the trainings at the times above, please go to the websites below of neighboring regions to attend the appropriate course (follow the instructions on their websites to signup for their classes - note that some of those classes start in August),

OR go to AYSOU.org and search for alternative courses

If you take a course in another region, please make note of the of the region you took the course in, the roster number, lead instructor's name, date and place you took the training in case there is a problem with a record of your certification later.  Equipment: also, if you take the course in another region, don't take their equipment (they hate that!) - you'll be able to get that from us either night above or at another location for a week after training.

U7/U8 Referees Note: U7/U8 referees may optionally take the Regional certification now and then don't have to take it later. If you think you'll be staying with refereeing we encourage that. And if we do our jobs right, you'll be staying with refereeing.

In addition, all referees must have completed at some point the Safe Haven Course, which is an online course.  If you've already taken and passed it online, you don't need to take it again.

The Regional/Basic Online course may be taken any time before the online companion class.
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