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AYSO has the best referee training program in the world! Pick the course below that fits your situation.

New for the Spring 2014 Season...

NEW this Spring for Regional Referees: a practical, on-the-field refresher! Join us for a review of referee and AR signals, common restarts, and offside infractions. We will also cover any topic you need us to, or answer questions you may have. 

We'll provide flags, snacks, drinks, and a chance to stock up on missing gear. Please bring your own whistle and wear clothes you can jog in. 

RSVP is appreciated, but not required. To RSVP, please e-mail: refinstruction@davisayso.org


NEW! Regional Referee On-the-Field Refresher (U9 and up)



AYSO Building (meet in front)

How to register: To take classroom courses, it would helpful if you could register ahead of time, but last minute attendees are welcomed. Identify the course you need below, then see this page for registration instructions.

ALSO NEEDEDSee How to register as a volunteer.

U8 Official Referee Course

To officiate U6, U7, and U8 games.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6–10 pm. Location: Davis AYSO Building. Roster # 201400266
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6–10 pm. Location: Davis AYSO Building. Roster # 201400267
Basic Referee Course
To officiate U9 and older games. No prerequisites.
The Basic Referee Course is available in two versions:
  • Version 1: the entire course is done in a classroom (9 hours).
    • None scheduled at this time
  • Version 2: the course is split into two parts. The first part is done online (1 to 2 hours). The second part is in the classroom to review the online portion, answer your questions, take the exam, and receive your uniform and equipment (4 hours).
PART 1—Online
  • To take the online course, you must have an AYSO ID number. If you don't have one, you must submit a Volunteer Application Form (instructions here. You will be given an AYSO ID number that is needed to take the online course.)
  • To take the course, see the instructions hereCourse name: "Course R002 - Basic Referee Online Training." 
PART 2—Classroom
After completing the online portion of the course, you must attend the classroom portion to complete all the requirements.

Course name: "Basic Referee Online Companion Course

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6–10 pm. Location: Davis AYSO Building. Roster # 201400265Must bring certificate of completion from the online course

Upgrade from U8 to Basic Referee

If you have already taken the U8 Referee course and want to officiate U9 or older games, take the "U8-to-Basic Referee Upgrade Course."
  • None scheduled at this time
Alternately, you can take the Basic Referee Course (see above).

Intermediate Referee Course

Referees who have taken the Basic Referee Course and have at least a season of game experience officiating U9/10 games are strongly urged to take the Intermediate Referee Course.

An Intermediate Referee course will be offered as follows (must attend all three dates):
  • None scheduled at this time


In-service training