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Referees

Reminders and Updates

(added 9/3/2019)  If you need a new or replacement referee uniform, please contact Joe Coffaro at [email protected] with your shirt size and your shorts size.  Uniforms will be distributed at the Conejo Creek South Community Building (snack bar) on Wednesday September 4th, 2019 at 6:30pm.

(added 8/26/2019)  The Mandatory Pre-Season Referee Meeting (for all referees, new and returning, U7-U14, Extra and United) will be held on Wednesday August 28 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Center (part of Los Robles Golf Course). There are a significant number of law changes this year and we need to make sure all referees are familiar with these changes before you referee any matches this year.  We will be covering these law changes at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please let one of our Regional Referee Administrators know.

(added 8/23/2019)  A message from Ken Ju, Coach Administrator, to all 12U coaches:  "In an effort to let everyone play, a 13th player will be added to most 12U teams Boys & Girls.  So the play format will need to be changed from 9 v 9 to 10 v 10, in order to comply with the 3-quarters-minimum-playtime rule in the easiest way for coaches and players."

Updates to Laws of the Game 2019/20
2019/20 Laws of the Game Summary Update

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Region 9 Referee Program

We are extremely proud of our Region 9 Referee Program.  It is because of our referee VOLUTEERS, that our kids are able to safely and properly learn the beautiful game of soccer. 

The Region 9 Referee Program consists entirely of volunteers.  Our referees have sacrificed a significant amount of time to learn the laws of the game and the art of refereeing.  We welcome any and all who wish to become part of the Region 9 referee family to reach out and learn how you can help our mission.

The Region 9 referee program is led by a team of volunteers.  The Regional Referee Administrator is responsible for overseeing the program.  Additionally, the referee staff consists of instructors, schedules, mentors, and others who are available to help the program run smoothly and effectively.

Becoming a Referee

Referee Training

Being a Region 9 Referee is an important responsibility.  You are responsible for helping our kids have a safe and enjoyable time on the field.  The only way that can happen is if you are adequately trained on your duties.  Your Region 9 Referee Staff is committed to helping you get all the training you need.

There are two types of referee training—initial training and ongoing training.  Initially, to become a referee, you must follow an official training curriculum.  That training can either be done online or in person depending on your personal preferences and availability.  Once you become a certified referee, you should take the opportunity to continuously improve as a referee.  This continuous improvement includes (i) the annual pre-season meeting that reviews law updates and other important information, (ii) Region 9 referee mentors that can help you achieve your referee goals, and (iii) advancements and upgrades to referee more competitive matches.

For more information on the Region 9 referee training opportunities, please see the Referee Training page 

Volunteer Registration

All Region 9 Referees (new and returning) must be registered as AYSO Volunteers for the current  season  If you are not yet registered as an AYSO Volunteer, please complete your online application via Blue Sombrero (the same website you used to register your child as a player).  Use the instructions at https://ayso.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=866537

If you are a new AYSO Region 9 Volunteer, Print, sign and date two (2) copies of your Volunteer Application and then contact any Executive Board member (e.g. Referee Administrator) to arrange a time and place to get your paperwork signed off.  Returning Region 9 Volunteers who have eSigned their 2018 AYSO Volunteer Application via Blue Sombrero do not need to have their applications printed.

Pre-Season Meeting

The Mandatory Pre-Season Referee Meeting (for all referees, new and returning, U7-U14, Extra and United) will be held on Wednesday August 28 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Center (part of Los Robles Golf Course). There are a significant number of law changes this year and we need to make sure all referees are familiar with these changes before you referee any matches this year.  We will be covering these law changes at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please let one of our Regional Referee Administrators know.

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Region 9 is proud of our referees and the Referee Program continually seeks to improve the quality of officiating for all AYSO matches to which we are assigned. Our dedicated volunteers referee for the players, for the spectators, and for the Good of the Game.

As a Referee, you are a very important part of the “AYSO Team”.  Along with Coaches and Parents, you play a vital role in making sure that each child has a Fun, Safe and Fair experience in our soccer program.

Our games cannot proceed without referees. A game without referees is unsafe and fails to teach our players the proper aspects of the game.  To ensure games are staffed with trained referee teams ALL teams (except 6U) must provide at least one designated team referee (2 or 3 eases scheduling). Encourage your parents to become trained referees!.

For 7U and 8U games, the Team Referee will officiate their own team’s game (thus their will be two referees for the game, one from each team).  The 10U, 12U & 14U games have three neutral officials: A Center Referee and two Assistant Referees. Team Referees do NOT officiate their own games in those divisions.

Contact our Regional Referee Administrators, Joe Coffaro or Paul Johnson, if you have any questions or need additional information about our Referee program.

Scheduling:  Please visit the Referee Scheduling page, log in, and select the games you can referee!

Game Reports – Please report successes or problems from your game or field to the Referee Tent on field. If you remember something afterwards, please send an email to Joe Coffaro or Paul Johnson.

Additional Notes & Reminders

U7 and U8 Teams

§  Referees should only sign up for their child’s game.

U10, U12, U14 and Extra Teams

§ Teams are expected to provide enough referees to meet the needs of the programs.  A Team Referee Point System has been established to encourage and reinforce the need for teams to supply an adequate number of referees to support the AYSO program (Click here to learn the details of the Team Referee Program).

§ 10U, 12U, 14U & Extra Teams play in competitive leagues and therefore referees may not referee their own child’s game nor may they serve as a referee for another team in the same division as their child.

Adult League Matches

§  You should be an AYSO Intermediate or higher Referee to do these games.  Qualified referees can earn Team Referee Points by doing an Adult League referee assignment.

§  USSF certification is no longer required for Adult League games.

§  Select Extra League or Adult League in the first Division Playing: drop-down box.

Game Cards
Game Cards are an official record of each game that we are required to have. This applies to ALL divisions except U6. For Divisions U10 and up, it is very important to get the scores recorded correctly on BOTH cards because they may affect the standings in a tie-breaker situation. It is important to get them correct in U7 and U8 too, however, we do not have standings for those divisions. Still, it is good practice for refereeing the higher divisions. Please fill them out correctly. For details, read the Game Card Info page.


Need Help?

We have several people you can contact for questions, assignment changes or assistance with our Referee program:

§  Team Referees: For assignments or questions contact Brian Salzman

§  Schedule Changes – Fall League: For scheduling assignment changes contact Chris Gould

§  Schedule Changes – Extra and Adult Leagues: For scheduling assignment changes or questions about these Leagues, contact Chuck Huffer

§  Administrative – For administrative issues or other referee questions contact the Region 9 Referee Administrators Joe Coffaro or Paul Johnson


Referee References:

To access the Referee resources from AYSO National click here

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