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AYSO 459 runs on the power of our volunteers to ensure each child has a terrific soccer experience. That means parents, neighbors, relatives and friends, just like you, that lend their time and talents.

AYSO Referees keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone. Being an AYSO Referee is not only fun, but you get the best seat in the house to watch the games. We'll train you and equip you. All we need is your time and energy! For those of you who want to consider becoming a referee but do not feel comfortable with your knowledge of the game, we offer plenty of training clinics and support to make your experience a success!

You may want to consider taking advantage of the opportunity to team up with another parent. AYSO 459 currently allows a coaching staff to consist of a head coach, and assistant coach, and a team referee that all work together. The children of each volunteer will be placed on the same team.

To be a team referee you need to complete the regional referee training course (prior to the start of the season) and commit to officiating your team's home matches. If possible, you would also be asked to cover the away matches that do not have a scheduled referee. NOTE: Team referee(s) are eligible for 8U, 10U, and 12U Divisions ONLY.

AYSO refereeing is available for youth and adult volunteers. Kids as young as 12 years old are permitted to officiate matches in the 10U division. As the kids enter high school, they have opportunities to manage more challenging matches and even earn High School Community Service credits as AYSO referees. Refereeing in AYSO is a terrific way to help kids learn responsibility and build self-confidence.

The Referees section of our website outlines the process you must follow to become a certified AYSO referee and provides some background information specific to referees about how Region 459 runs our soccer program.

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Checklist to become an AYSO Referee

1. Register as a volunteer. Go to > “Login” > Volunteer > Find Volunteer Roles

OR to register as a Youth Referee volunteer, follow these instructions.
2. Complete the online AYSO Safe Haven Certification.
3. Complete the online U.S. SafeSport Certification.

4. Complete the online CDC Concussion course.
5. Regional Referee Training

AYSO Safe Haven Certification
All AYSO Coaches (all volunteers) must complete the AYSO Safe Haven certification. This ensures that the well-being of the child is placed first, the philosophies of AYSO are understood and teaches the coaches risk management to avoid putting themselves in positions hazardous to themselves and the children. It is also part of the requirements to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act. If you have questions about the AYSO Safe Haven course, contact CVPA/Safety Director

CDC Concussion Course
By taking this free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive - both on and off the playing field.  Upon completion of this training, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season. If you have questions about the CDC Concussion course, contact CVPA/Safety Director. (State of Michigan requires CDC Concussion Course must be retaken every 3 years

U.S. SafeSport Course
The 2017 SafeSport Act has expanded Mandated Reporters to include adults authorized to interact with children. Due to this expansion, that includes AYSO and it requires training on child abuse and mandated reporting. Effective, January 1, 2022, U.S. Soccer will no longer allow equivalent training* and has mandated SafeSport training. If you have questions about the U.S. SafeSport course, contact CVPA/Safety Director

Regional Referee Certification
There are two paths to obtaining your regional referee certification:

  • A comprehensive 8-hour in person course that is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of refereeing AYSO games. You are not required to have prior soccer refereeing knowledge or experience. Upon completion of this in-person course, you should understand the basic concepts, rules, guidelines and duties an AYSO referee needs to do the job.
  • A 4-hour online course that includes the bulk of the “must know” elements of refereeing which you should master before taking a 4-hour in-person companion course. Completion of both the online portion and the in-person module is required for certification. Upon completion of this these modules, you should understand the basic concepts, rules, guidelines and duties an AYSO referee needs to do the job.

Referee Meetings

Referee Meetings
We hold a Mandatory Referee Meeting before the start of the Fall and Spring seasons. Your Referee Administrators will give you the date and time. The primary purpose of the meeting is to ensure all referees understand the changes from the previous season and are aware of any new initiatives that Region 459 may be focusing on in a particular age division. There also may be one or two short meetings throughout the season.

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