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Referee FAQ

What referee clinics/courses are offered by Region 42 and what age levels can take them?

Basic referee (Regional Referee) training in Region 42 consists of two parts, and is available for volunteers age 12 and above. The first part is an on-line course that can be taken at your own pace.* After taking the course and obtaining the certificate of completion, a supplementary 3-hour, on-the-field class will acquaint new referees with the mechanics of refereeing a 10U referee match. This field work will partly involve practice refereeing of scrimmages between teams that will be playing in the fall.

* This is new for Region 42. In past years we held all-day training sessions, but the on-line course has been substantially improved and now provides excellent instruction.

How do I register for the on-line course and field training?

Please refer to the Referee Training page on this website.

Can Regional referees take AR slots at 12U games?

Yes, after attending our Offside Workshop and/or approval of the referee staff. Each season Region 42 offers an Offside Workshop about three weeks into the season. Once you have taken this class, you are eligible to be an AR for 12U games. See details at the Offside Workshop page.

What age levels of referees can earn ref points?

Region 42 uses a “Referee Points” system to insure we have referee coverage across all our games each weekend (see full description of the Referee Points system here). Referee points are given for teams in the competitive divisions (10U–14U). Each team can accumulate up to 14 referee points per season – these are added to the team standing points. Adults aged 18 and above who are certified at the Basic Referee (aka Regional Referee) level can earn Referee points. Youth Referees aged 12–17 cannot earn Referee Points (they earn incentive points through the Youth Referee Program instead). There is one exception to that rule: Youth Referees who have completed their Intermediate Referee upgrade or become Intermediate Referee Candidates by successfully taking the Intermediate Course and passing the test may earn Referee Points for teams, at the discretion of the Region Referee Staff.

Do volunteer referees officiate their own child’s game?

In the 7/8U Divisions, parents who have a 8U Official certification* or higher may referee their own child’s games. Parent referees whose children are in the competitive divisions (10U–14U) may not referee their own child’s games. Instead, they sign up to referee other games using the Self Scheduling System.

* Region 42 no longer offers 8U Official certification, but those certifications are still valid for those who already have them.

Do I have to re-certify as a referee by taking the clinic every year?

No, it’s a one-time process (per badge level). We do encourage certified referees to take the online course. Every year there are a few changes to the Laws of the Game and so refreshers are always helpful. You're also welcome at any of the field sessions to help shake off the dust on your refereeing skills. Every AYSO volunteer, including referees, does need to re-register as a volunteer each year.

How do I get my ref point if I referee (CR or AR) a game to fill a vacancy on a Saturday, but I didn’t sign up for it on the scheduler ahead of time?

On a normal game day we typically have a few open slots that have not been scheduled in the on line system. Referees filling in for an additional game can earn a point for that game as long as they enter their details on the master paper schedule at the referee tent. Note, however that teams can earn a maximum of 2 referee points per week. (See the Referee Points page for more info)

What do I do if I think there’s an error in my team’s ref points?

Requests to review or modify referee point totals may be submitted to the Referee Scheduler up until week 8 of the season. After week 8, point review requests can not be accepted. (See the Referee Points page for more info)

I work Sunday evenings or am otherwise unavailable to sign up for games at 7pm. By the time I am able to sign up, all the 10U game slots are taken.

We do recognize that while the 7pm release of the two-week-ahead game schedule may be the fairest solution for the most referees, there are some for whom it does not work. We suggest that you ask a family member or your team’s coach to sign in as you at 7pm on Sunday (not a big security concern for you to share your password with them, as there’s very little you can do in the system) and sign you up for a slot. If you know when you’ll be available and they can get a slot that works for your schedule, that’s best. But if you don’t know your schedule yet, have them grab any slot. Once you have one, you can work with the Referee Scheduler to swap slots – many referees are happy to swap slots to help out a fellow referee.

I’m really nervous about my first game, how do I get help?

Sign up for a mentor for your first (and future games, as needed)! (See the Mentor Program page for more info)

What should I keep in mind when refereeing 7U and 8U games?

Coaches will be the default referees when no other referee has signed up for a particular game. Certified referees may sign up for 7U/8U games in the referee scheduler (referee points only for CR in 8U games) in which case the coach will not need to referee the game. 20 minute halves. 7U will play 6v6 WITHOUT goalkeepers; U8 will play 6v6 with goalkeepers. No offside calls. Direct Free Kick for all infringements. No heading the ball. Goalkeepers may not punt the ball. No slide tackling. The Build Out LIne (BOL) may be used at the discretion of the Division Director. No coaching behind the goal. Refs should educate players (short discussions) about fouls called. No action required on a second improper throw-in – just let play continue. See 7U/8U Referee Policy and Game Management Overview for more information.

For all divisions, how long are the halves, how many players are on the field per team, is there a goalkeeper and what size ball should be used?

Link to the table: Division and Game Specs

What’s a good site to visit to read questions and answers about refereeing?

Try Great site with questions asked by regular referees and answered by experienced referees

I’m a coach trying to find referees for tournaments in the post season, can you help?

Yes, please see the Tournament Referees List. This lists Region 42 referees who are interested in refereeing in post season tournaments. You can e-mail them to see if they’re available for your tournaments.

What is Region 42’s policy on slide tackles?

Slide tackling is NOT allowed in the 10U and younger divisions. Coaches shall discourage this at both practices and games. The referee should call Dangerous Play on a player who attempts to slide tackle an opponent, regardless if contact with the opponent is made or not. If a team makes it to the playoffs it's important to be aware that slide tackles ARE allowed in area playoff games.

What are the changes that have been made to the Laws of the Game?

The most substantial recent changes to the Laws were made in 2019. Since then there have been a few refinements. Here are a set of resources that provide good overviews of those changes. In addition to the resources listed below, there is an excellent app now available from IFAB that has all the Law changes and Laws of the Game. It's available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Slides with summary of 2019 Law Changes
Brief written summary of 2019 Law Changes
IFAB Summary 2019 Law Changes - PDF
IFAB Laws of the Game 2019/20 Complete - Digital - English - PDF
Link to IFAB site with Laws of The Game
AYSO In Depth Review of 2019 Law Changes

What are the AYSO policies related to heading the ball?

In accordance with requirements of US Soccer, AYSO has rules and regulations related to heading the ball. These are covered in the online Regional Referee Course. they are also reviewed here.
Heading the ball - AYSO Rules and Regulations

How should I handle Misconduct Reports (i.e. Yellow or Red Cards)?

Here is the AYSO Region 42 - Misconduct Report Policy

The referee must report all cards shown for misconduct. Cards should never be shown to players in 10U and below, very rarely shown in 12U, and shown as warranted in 14U. Yellow and red cards shown to both players and coaches (New for 2019: coaches can be shown cards but never spectators) should be reported on the game card of the team(s) shown the card(s), with a brief description of the misconduct. Yellow and red cards should also be reported and described more fully on a Misconduct Form, to be filled out by the Referee. One form can be used per game, even if multiple cards were shown. Be sure to indicate the reason for each misconduct along with details describing the misconduct. The Misconduct Report forms are at the Referee Tent at Dos Vientos and Peppertree. They are also online here: misconduct report fill-in pdf

Division Directors will keep track of all Misconduct Reports and cards issued in their division during the season and address instances of coach misconduct as appropriate.

Red cards, including a red card due to a second yellow card shown in a game, result in a mandatory one game suspension the following week. This suspension does NOT include practices that week. The DD, RRA and RCA can decide to make a recommendation, based on the circumstances of the misconduct, for the suspension to be for more than one game. If a recommendation is made to increase the suspension, the Regional Commissioner (RC) will be informed and will make the final decision.

The accumulation of three yellow cards by a player over the course of multiple games in one season results in a mandatory one game suspension the week following the third caution. This suspension does NOT include practices that week. The DD, RRA and RCA can decide to make a recommendation, based on the circumstances of the misconducts, for the suspension to be for more than one game. If a recommendation is made to increase the suspension, the Regional Commissioner (RC) should be informed and should make the final decision. The accumulation of cards will not include two yellow cards issued in a single game, which is covered under the red card policy. The RC will inform the coach of any game suspensions.

If a red card or third yellow card is issued during the last game of the season, the game suspension will carry over to the post season or to the following season for non-post season players.

In the case of a possible conflict of interest of the DD, RRA, RCA or RC (being a coach in the division, for example), the Regional Assistant Commissioner for Girls (RAC-G) and the Regional Assistant Commissioner for Boys (RAC-B) should take part in the decision to increase game suspensions.

What are the U.S. Soccer and AYSO "Player Development Initiatives" (PDI's) and how do they impact our games in Region 42?

AYSO implemented in 2016 a set of Player Development Initiatives based on rules from the U.S. Soccer organization. They have been adjusted and updated in each subsequent year as their impact on play has been evaluated. They are in effect across the country in both AYSO and club teams. These rules are covered in the online Regional Referee course. They primarily impact our 10U Division as follows:

Goalkeeper punts, drop kicks and half-volleys NOT allowed in 10U and under.

  • Goalkeeper must put ball into play by throw, roll, or kicked pass of the ball from the ground (not in any way bounced into the air and then kicked).
  • If the goalkeeper violates this rule the opponents get an Indirect Free Kick at the location of the infraction.

Build-Out Line (BOL)

  • Located half of the way between the halfway line and penalty area line, parallel to the goal line.
  • The area between goal line and the BOL on the opponent's side of the field, rather than the halfway line, is the part of the field in which an attacker can be in an offside position.
  • When goalkeepers gains possession of the ball with their hands, OR if there is a goal kick, opponents must retreat behind the BOL.
  • The ball is in play and opponents may cross the BOL as soon as the ball is released from the goakkeeper's hands or as soon as the goal kick is taken. The ball does not have to leave the penalty area for the ball to be in play after a goal kick, so the opponents may cross the BOL as soon as the kick is taken and the ball clearly moves.
  • If opponents cross the BOL before the goalkeeper releases ball or before the goal kick is taken, hold up play and:
    • Goal Kick: have the opponents move back behind the BOL and then have the kick taken, or if it was already kicked, have the goal kick taken over again.
    • Goalkeeper possession: if the goalkeeper still has possession of the ball, tell the offending players to move back behind the BOL and then simply resume play; if the goalkeeper already released the ball and the player(s) who crossed the BOL interfered with play, then an indirect free kick is awarded to the goalkeeper's team at the BOL nearest to where the offending player crossed the line. 

Heading the ball

  • There is no deliberate heading allowed in all divisions at 12U and below.
  • If a player deliberately heads the ball, it is considered to be dangerous play and an Indirect Free Kick is awarded to the opposing team at the location where the ball was headed. 

How do I conduct Kicks From The Mark (KFTM) for tie breakers?

During play-offs or tournaments, Kicks From The Mark may be used to break a tie after the regular game has ended. Please see Kicks From The Mark (KFTM) AYSO Region 42 Summary for instructions as to how to conduct KFTM, including a worksheet to track outcomes.

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