I want to volunteer as a referee. What do I need to do?

Register as a volunteer with AYSO, get your AYSO ID, and complete Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness (available online at aysotraining.org) certification.
Print out your completed registration form and give to Chris O’Connell, the regional referee administrator.
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Now you are ready to take a referee-training course. You can then register for a class by going to your eAYSO homepage and clicking on "Sign Up To Take A Class." You will be taken to a page that shows all the training available from AYSO. Enter Section 3, Area A in the fields at the top of the page and click Search. You will see a list of all of the classes currently scheduled in New York City. You are looking for a class called U8 Official. There are currently two courses in the area:

GWYSL, Sunday, March 26, at 10.00 a.m. Roster # 201700903. BIP community center, Kent Avenue and North 9th Street.

 WSSL (West Side Soccer League), Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. Roster # 201700731. Check with listed contact for location details.

Select the box next to the course name you are interested in (see the roster numbers above) and click on the Course Signup button. This will register you for the class.

If you intend to take a class at GWYSL or at one of the other regions, please contact the regional referee administrator, Chris O’Connell, at chris.oˈconnell@hholt.com. Also feel free to contact him if you have any questions.

 I am a returning referee. Is there anything I need to do?

You need to register with AYSO once per AYSO season (the current season is MY2016, which runs from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017). If you are a returning referee and have not completed Safe Haven certification since August 1, 2011, you need to re-do the Safe Haven Certification. You'll need your AYSO identification number. CLICK HERE TO START.

If you have not already done so, please complete Concussion Awareness at aysotraining.org.

If you have any equipment needs, please contact Chris O’Connell at chris.oˈconnell@hholt.com  

We need more and better-trained referees. Ideally U-8 referees would ref only U7 and U8 games, Regional referees would ref U10 and U12, and Intermediate would ref U14 and above. Keep yourself sharp and improve the quality of refereeing in our league by taking further training courses. The U-8 to Basic Upgrade Course will make you a Regional referee. There is currently one class scheduled in the area.

WSSL, Basic Referee (regional referee, the next step up from U8). Saturday, April 1, 1 p.m.. Roster # 201700732. Check with listed contact for location details.

For those of you who have already completed the Basic (Regional Referee) course, the next level is Intermediate. There are currently no courses scheduled in the area.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE GAMES I WANT TO REFEREE?

We send out an email to all the referees early in the week with a spreadsheet attachment that allows you to select the game(s) you wish to referee the following Saturday.

 CAN I REFEREE MY OWN CHILD’S GAME?

Experience has taught us that it’s not a great idea. You will be assigned your child’s game only in the event that no other referee is available.

WHERE DO I GET THE REFEREE UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT?

Once you complete your training, you will be provided with a free uniform (including shirt, shorts, and socks), badge, whistle, stopwatch, and a copy of the Laws of the Game. You provide the shoes.

DO I HAVE TO COMMIT TO REFEREE A MINIMUM NUMBER OF GAMES?

No. Nor do you have to commit to refereeing every week. We are happy to have you referee the number of games that works for you, but we suspect that once you get the bug you will want to referee more rather than less.