AYSO Region 104

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AYSO Referee Certification Levels

Six Levels of Training and Certification

The referee program in Region 104 provides for multiple levels of referee training and certification. At each level the depth of understanding of the game is increased, matching the needs of the players as they become stronger, faster and more experienced.

The three entry level positions are the U5/U6 Referee, the U7/U8 Refere (also known as U8 Official) and the Regional Referee. Knowledge of the game is not required prior to training at any of these levels.

Other than the entry level certifications, the Intermediate, Advanced and National levels all require the referee be currently certified at the preceding level (Regional, Intermediate or Advanced, respectively) before he or she can upgrade. The table below shows each certification level and their expectations, focus and requirements for that level's certification/upgrade.

U5/U6 Referee
Expectations & Focus:
  • Trained in the BASIC aspects of refereeing.
  • Target groups: U5 and U6 games.
  • Supports AYSO principles "Safe, Fair and Fun" in short sided matches.
Minimum Age of Referee: 10
# of Games: No minimum number of games required.
Training: U5/U6 Training Course (Includes CVP Safe Haven Referee Certification). This is a 3.5 hour clinic, typically one evening.
Testing: None.
Assessment: None Required.
Fitness Test: None Required.
Service Units: None Required.
U7/U8 Referee (U8 Official)
Expectations & Focus:
  • Trained in the BASIC aspects of refereeing.
  • Target groups: U7 and U8 games.
  • Supports AYSO principles "Safe, Fair and Fun" in short sided matches.
Minimum Age of Referee: 10
# of Games: No minimum number of games required.
Training: U-8 Official Course (Includes CVP Safe Haven Referee Certification). This is a 4 hour clinic, typically one evening.
Testing: Take U-8 Official Exam.
Assessment: None Required.
Fitness Test: None Required.
Service Units: None Required.
Regional Referee
Expectations & Focus:
  • Trained in the PRACTICAL aspects of refereeing.
  • How to start, when to stop and how to restart.
Minimum Age of Referee: 12
# of Games: No minimum number of games required.
Training: Basic Referee Course (also known as the Regional Referee Course, includes CVP Safe Haven Referee Certification). This is a 9 hour clinic, typically.
Testing: 75% or better on the Regional Referee exam.
Assessment: None Required.
Fitness Test: None Required.
Service Units: None Required.
Intermediate Referee
Expectations & Focus:
  • Trained in the MECHANICAL aspects of refereeing.
  • Includes the "Must Knows" of refereeing.
Minimum Age of Referee: 14
# of Games: 25 as center referee with at least 5 in U-12 matches.
Training: Intermediate Referee Course. This clinic contains 8 hours of class time, typically spanning one evening and a day.
Testing: 90% or better on the Intermediate Referee exam.
Assessment: Applicants for Intermediate Referee level must be observed by a Referee Mentor (or assessor) and recommended for upgrade by the Regional Referee Administrator or the Regional Director of Referee Assessment. At least one observation as a referee is required.
Fitness Test: Not required - practice for AYSO Physical Fitness Test is recommended.
Service Units: None Required.
Advanced Referee
Expectations & Focus:
  • Trained in the MECHANICAL and PHILOSOPHICAL aspects of refereeing.
  • Includes the "Must Knows" of refereeing.
Minimum Age of Referee: 16
# of Games: 50 as a center referee (10 in U-14) and 5 as an assistant referee (in U-14).
Training: Advanced Referee Course. This clinic contains 8 hours of class time, typically spanning one evening and a day.
Testing: 90% or better on the Advanced Referee Exam.
Assessment: One each as Referee and Assistant Referee in a U-14 match.
Fitness Test: Complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test for this level.
Service Units: Do a minimum of five service units.
National Referee
Expectations & Focus:
  • Trained in the PHILOSOPHICAL and PROFESSIONAL aspects of refereeing.
  • Spirit and intent of the Law and philosophy of refereeing.
  • Flow and control of the game.
Minimum Age of Referee: 18
# of Games:
  • 100 as a center referee with at least 30 in U-16 and U-19 matches of which at least 15 must be in U-19, if available.
  • 25 as an 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.
  • In addition, candidates for National Referee must have a minimum of one year's experience as an Advanced Referee.
Training: Complete the National Referee Course. At least 80 matches as Referee prior to attending the National Referee Course is required. This is a 16 hour clinic, typically spanning one evening and two days.
Testing: 90% of better on the National 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 an assistant referee in a U-19 match, if available. The Section Referee Administrator my 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 Units: Do an additional five service units.

Definitions

Assessment

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.

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.

Service Units

Service units consist of:

Note:

  1. An applicant may earn one service unit per mentoring for each individual referee with a limit of two total. The applicant doing the mentoring must be Intermediate level certified or higher. When mentoring, the applicant must be unaffiliated with players of either team, and dedicated to this task (i.e. must be available for the entire duration of the match and not acting in other roles such as assistant referee).
  2. Applicant may earn one service unit per year for an administrative position.
  3. Applicant may earn one service unit per instruction of a course, with a limit of three total.
  4. Applicant must be an certified assessor for the purposes of observation and assessing for upgrade of candidates.  One service unit per observation/assessment may be earned, with a limit of two total.
  5. Applicant may earn one service unit per season of field marking, with a limit of two total.
  6. The requirement for performing service units is waived in the case on candidates who are less than 18 years old.