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AYSO Referee Requirements

U-8 Official

Age:

Minimum of 10 (course for under 10 years of age only)

No. of Games:

No minimum number of games required.

Training:

Complete U8 Official Course including Safe Haven.

Testing:

75% or better on the Regional Referee Exam.

Assessment:

Not required.

Fitness Test:

Not required.

Service:

Not required.

Regional Referee

Age:

Minimum of 12.

No. of Games:

No minimum number of games required.

Training:

Complete Basic Referee Course including Safe Haven.

Testing:

75% or better on the Regional Referee Exam.

Assessment:

Not required.

Fitness Test:

Not required.

Service:

Not required.

Intermediate Referee

Age:

Minimum of 14.

No. of Games:

25 as referee with at least 5 in U-12 matches.

Training:

Complete Intermediate Referee Course.

Testing:

90% or better on the Intermediate Referee Exam.

Assessment:

Mentored by a Referee Mentor (or assessor) and recommended for upgrade by the Regional Referee Administrator. At least one observation as a referee is required, and one as an assistant referee is recommended.

Fitness Test:

Not required.

Service:

Not required.

Advanced Referee

Age:

Minimum of 16.

No. of Games:

50 as a referee (10 in U-14) and 5 as an assistant referee (in U-14).

Training:

Complete Advanced Referee Course.

Testing:

90% or better on the Advanced Referee Exam.

Assessment:

One as a referee and one as an assistant in a U-14 match.

Fitness Test:

Complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test for this level.

Service:

Do a minimum of five service units. See note 4 and 5 below.

National Referee

Age:

Minimum of 18.

No. of Games:

100 as a referee with at least 30 in U-16 and U-19 matches of which at least 15 must be in U-19, if available, and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in U-19, if available. The Section Referee Administrator may authorize substitution of U-16 for U-19, if U-19 matches are not available.

Training:

Complete National Referee Course. A pre-requisite game count of at least 80 matches as referee prior to attending the National Referee Course is required.

Testing:

90% or better on the Regional Referee Exam.

Assessment:

Two assessments as referee in U-16 or U-19 with at least one in U-19, if available, and one as assistant referee in a U-19 match, if available. The Section Referee Administrator may authorize substitution of U-16 for U-19, if U-19 matches are not available.

Fitness Test:

Complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test for this level.

Service:

Do an additional five service units. See note 4 below.

Notes

1. Field assessments for level upgrades must be done in a typical AYSO match in the age group specified, using the Diagonal System of Control. Matches used for upgrade assessments must be of the duration specified for that particular age group in the AYSO National Rules and Regulations except that U-16 and U-19 matches shortened by no more than 5 minutes per half are acceptable.

2. If requested by the referee being assessed, a higher division match or a non-AYSO match of the equivalent age division (or higher) may be used for the assessment.

3. Applicants for the Intermediate Referee level must be mentored by a Referee Mentor (or assessor) and recommended for upgrade by the Regional Referee Administrator. At least one observation as a referee is required, and one as an assistant referee is recommended.

4. Service units consist of:

· Observer-Friend observations

· Mentoring of new referees for development or upgrade

· Serving as a Referee Administrator, Director of Referee Instruction or as a Director of Referee Assessment

· Instructing Assistant Referees and U-8 Official Training Courses

· Instructing Referee Assessor Training Courses

· Assessing candidates for upgrade in referee level, if qualified

No more than two (2) service units may be credited by an applicant for mentoring/observing an individual referee, or one (1) service unit per instruction course or one (1) service unit per year for administrative function.

5. The requirement for performing service units is waived in the case of candidates who are under 18 years old.

· Entry may be at Assistant Referee, U-8 Official or Regional Referee level but, in addition to the requirements noted above, candidates for upgrade to the National Referee must have one year (min.) experience as an Advanced Referee.