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U8 require only 1 referee to be green
U10 and up require 3 to be green
Yellow = 1 referee assigned
Red = 0 referees assigned

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Top 10 Reasons to be a Referee!

10. You look good in Black (or Gold, or Red)!


9.   You can answer all the soccer questions on “Trivial Pursuit” and “The Rules of the Game”


8.   You now understand what “handball” and “offsides” really are!


7.   You get to play without having to control the ball.


6.      You are always a part of the winning team (everyone who played)!


5.   Small kids come up to you in stores to hug their referee!


4.      Your whistle will work just as well at home as on the field!


3.   Your kid’s coach doesn’t have to leave the game early to referee another game.


2.   Its great exercise and you get lots of fresh air.


1.   It may be the only time you get the last word with your kids!

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Philosophy of Refereeing

The Laws of the Game are intended to provide that games should be played with as little interference as possible, and in this view it is the duty of the referee to penalize only deliberate breaches of the Law.  Constant whistling for trifling and doubtful breaches produces bad feelings and loss of temper on the part of the players and spoils the pleasure of spectators.

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Referee Training Opportunities

AYSO needs referees! Come join the guardians of the game by attending online and in-person training this summer. 

To be an AYSO Referee, you must:

  • Be at least 12 years old
  • Register as a volunteer for AYSO (register at
  • Complete the free Basic Referee Online Training course (after registering as a volunteer, note your AYSO ID and go to
  • Sign up for a free Basic Referee Online Companion course at (after signing in on, click the "Enroll to take a class" link and search for classes being held in Madison, AL)
  • 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

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. The Basic Referee Online Companion courses will be held at Dublin Park Recreation Center on July 19, August 16, August 30, or September 20 from 2-6:30 pm. 

Questions? Please contact chetwright at 

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

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AYSO Madison AL, Region 498

P.O. Box 182 
Madison, Alabama 35758

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Phone : 256-684-2959
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