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AYSO Region 1631 - Downtown San Jose

Referee Training

Why Referee?

The referee’s job is to be the official in charge of the game. A referee’s authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees. AYSO Referees keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators, and themselves!

Become a New Referee!

1. Register as a volunteer at You will then receive an email from a third-party vendor asking you to complete a background check. Please follow the directions in that email.

2. Use the same username and password that you used for to log in to Complete the free online Safe Haven course and CDC Concussion course.

3. For 8U referees: complete the free online Regional Referee course or attend an in-person Regional Referee course. For 10U referees and above: attend an in-person Regional Referee course.

4. To see in-person training options, in AYSOU select the In-Person Courses tab at the top of the page. Select Referee Instructor Led Programs. Select Regional Referee Courses. Select Sessions. Scroll to find "Regional Referee - Day x of 2 - 2/J/1631 Downtown San Jose CA" and select Register.

4. Email [email protected] once these steps are complete. Our Regional Referee Administrator will provide you with a referee uniform, equipment, and an account for Arbiter Sports, the website referees use to sign up for games and report final scores. They will also answer all of your questions and serve as a mentor as you get started!

For Returning Referees

  • Re-register each season as a volunteer at
  • Retake Safe Haven training and CDC Concussion training (online at only if it has been more than 3 years since you took it.
  • You do NOT need to retake referee training courses - these are valid forever.
  • Consider upgrading! Regional Referee ---> Intermediate Referee ---> Advanced Referee ---> National Referee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get training to be a referee?

Yes.  AYSO provides all training, equipment and support to become a referee.
What if I've never played or refereed soccer before?
Most new AYSO volunteers have not played or refereed before. We provide everything you need to get started refereeing!
Do I need to referee every weekend?
No.  You decide what games and what weekends to volunteer. Volunteers who referee 5 or more games per season receive $50 for their team to use for an end-of-season party!

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AYSO Region 1631

AYSO Region 1631, PO Box 486
San Jose, California 95103

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 669-247-7199
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