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Referees

         

Region 498 Referee

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 or she is the independent arbiter and manger of the game. His/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 enforcting 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/she interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful 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. 



For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact our Referee Administrator at ref1@ayso498.org
To sign up as a Referee, simply fill out the Volunteer section of the online registration when signing up your son or daughter to play soccer. 
If you already signed up your player, or have no player and would like to be a Referee, please click HERE for Volunteer Only sign-up instructions. 

Referee Training

Referee Training


Come join the guardians of the game by attending online and in-person training. 

To be an AYSO Referee, you must:

  • Be at least 10 years old
  • Register as a volunteer for AYSO (register by clicking Register Now (if you are new) or Login (if you have an account) on our Home Page)
  • Complete the free Basic Referee Online Training course (after registering as a volunteer, note your AYSO ID and click AYSOU on our Home Page)
  • Sign up for a free Basic Referee Online Companion course by clicking AYSOU on our Home Page (after signing into AYSOU, click Live Courses, search for course you would like to take, click Sessions, find the course being held in Madison, AL, click Register)
  • Attend the Basic Referee Online Companion course you signed up for and pass the Referee Exam (this is a "live" instruction course in which AYSO referee instructors will review key concepts)
  • Complete the free online AYSO Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness training courses at AYSOU

It looks like a lot of training, but most volunteers complete all the requirements in around 8-10 hours, and most of that is online instruction you can take on your own schedule. 

You can take the online courses at any time, but must complete the Basic Referee Online course before attending the Basic Referee Online Companion course and taking the Referee Exam. 

Questions? Please contact our Referee Administrator at ref1@ayso498.org

Thanks for stepping up to keep the game safe, fair, and fun for the kids!

Referee New Game Information

New Game Information

To sign up and referee a new game, go to www.sportac.us.
Referee Game Color Code Guide

As you sign up to referee a game on Sportacus, your name will appear in a box and that box will have a color:

  • 8U requires only 1 referee for the box to be GREEN
  • 10U - 19U requires 3 referees for the box to be GREEN
  • YELLOW - 1 referee assigned
  • RED - 0 referees assigned

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AYSO Madison AL, Region 498

P.O. Box 182 
Madison, Alabama 35758

Email Us: commissioner@ayso498.org
Phone : 256-684-2959
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