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AYSO Region 71 - Woodland Hills

Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. 

We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun! 

Referees are critical to soccer - the game can't be played without them. The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. He is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees. 

The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players. 

The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred. 

We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players. 

Barry Friedman
Director, Referee Instruction
Interested in Becoming a Referee?

So you're thinking about becoming a referee in Region 71 but you have some questions. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions:

I don't know anything about soccer, youth sports or refereeing. How can I be a referee?

If you love kids, have a sense of humor, think being a positive role model is important, and can walk around the block without being winded, you have what it takes. Many of our referee volunteers report that once they do their first game they realize that it's fun.

We’ll help you learn what you need to know about soccer and youth sports. Soccer is a simple game. Refereeing is mostly common sense.

We provide training, equipment and mentoring every step of the way. Woodland Hills AYSO is fortunate to have some of the best referees and referee instructors in the country --- several of them with decades of experience. Our goal is to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

What's the time commitment?

There's no minimum time commitment. Before you can referee, you do need to successfully complete the AYSO 8U/10U-AR Basic Referee Course and/or the Regional Referee class (for 10U-12U center referee), as well as the Referee Safe Haven course. The Basic Course entails a 3-4 hour on-line course with an in-person 3-4 hour course at Bischoff.  The Regional Referee class is a one time certification requirement takes about 6 - 8 hours located somewhere in or near Woodland Hills. For a current schedule of courses, please check here.

Once you are certified, you can volunteer for as many games as you wish. Our referee schedulers will assign you as a center referee or assistant referee depending on your preference and game experience. Many of our volunteers do a game or two per week. Games on Woodland Hills fields generally begin as early as 8am and end around 5pm on Saturdays. Depending on the age group, games last between 50 minutes, and 1 hour 45 minutes.

What's the minimum age to be a referee?

Based on AYSO National Regulations, we certify Regional Referees beginning at age 10-12. Usually, we require that players be at least one division older than the age division they referee (e.g., player in 12U can referee 10U matches). We especially welcome existing players who want to referee. Many of our youth referees earn school community service credits for their time spent refereeing. 

You guys always complain about not having enough volunteer referees. Why don't you just pay them?

By it's national charter, AYSO is a completely volunteer organization. Coaches, referees and administrators are all volunteers. This is one of the characteristics that makes AYSO unique.

I have a child playing. Will you schedule around his/her games?

Yes. Many of our referee volunteers officiate at the game just before or just after the game their children play. Since we use a self-assignment system, you can choose the location and time that best fits your schedule.

Can I referee my own child's games?

While we make exceptions in 8U (because there are no standings), we don't allow volunteers to be center referees in their own children's games. During the early, non-competitive part of the season, we do allow volunteers to be assistant referees in their own children's games, although we try to fill games with neutral officials first.

The first step in becoming a referee for Region 71 is to complete the AYSO volunteer application online  at the REGISTER NOW button above.  For instructions how to register see this link.

Next, you need to contact our Referee Administrator by completing this online form.

Once the Region 71 Referee Administrator contacts you with your self-scheduling site credentials, logon here to schedule your games.

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