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Points System / Team Refs

Referee Points System and Team Referees

Region 42 strives to provide certified referees for each game at 7U or above. Our goal is to provide one center referee for the 7U & 8U games (about 200 games per season) and a team of three referees for the competitive divisions, 10U, 12U & 14U (about 300 games per season). To allow us to achieve this goal we need in excess of 160 referee slots to be filled each week. In order to ensure that we have the referee slots filled we need each team to provide us with volunteer referees.

Team Referees – Summary

Every team from 5U to 14U needs to provide a referee.

  • For 5U/6U the coaches are the referees.
  • For 7U/8U each team should provide an adult referee (age 18+) who will referee their own child’s games. They must be certified by taking the 8U-Official clinic or Basic Referee clinic. Region 42 has some youth referee volunteers who will occasionally officiate games at this age level, but we have more games than we do youth refs. If no referee is available, the coaches are expected to manage the game.
  • For 10U/12U/14U each team needs to provide an adult referee (age 18+) who will referee games other than their own child’s games. They must be certified by taking the Basic Referee clinic (or higher). They will earn referee points for their team during the season. Games are self scheduled.

Team Referees and the Referee Points System – Details

7U/8U Divisions

In Region 42 our 7U/8U divisions are responsible for their own officiating. 7U/8U teams are expected to provide adult referees who have been certified via the 8U-Official clinic to officiate during their child’s game as the center referee. The time commitment is minimal for these adult referees. The 8U-Official clinic is five hours long. Each team only needs to cover half of the season’s ten games (since each game has two teams, and only one center referee is needed per game), which is about another five hours. Youth referees are also incentivized via the Youth Referee Program to take 7U/8U center and assistant referee assignments. Referee points will not be awarded for 7U/8U center referee or assistant referee assignments (adult or youth) at any time during the season.

10U/12U/14U Divisions – The Referee Points System

For the past several years our region has used a referee points system to reward teams that supply certified adult (18 or older) referees for our games. Each team is asked to supply at least one adult referee (preferably new, and preferably not the coach) for the season. Each team’s coach will encourage parents to volunteer for this opportunity. Referee points earned by a team’s adult referee are added to the team’s total points and therefore will affect standings.

Youths 12 to 17 years old are also highly encouraged to referee. Certified youth referees can earn points toward a separate incentive program. Certified youth referees do not earn points for teams (see exception below).

Referees are AYSO volunteers and each referee must sign up as a volunteer. Coaches are responsible for ensuring that all of their volunteers meet this obligation. Referees who have not registered as volunteers will not be able to take part in AYSO games and therefore will not be able to earn points for their teams.

Details of the Points System
  • Teams that have a certified adult referee representing them can earn up to a maximum of 14 points during the season.
  • Teams can earn a maximum of 2 points per round. Occasionally, it may look like a team has earned more than 2 points in a round, but this usually is due to a correction of some sort (see below).
  • Teams can have multiple adult referees representing them for points. In those situations, adjustments will not be made if the multiple referees do not coordinate their referee assignments to meet the 2 points per round team maximum. For example, if the refs for a team earn 3 points in a round, one of those points may not be transferred to a different round. (However, we do thank you for stepping up!)
  • Referees and assistant referees earn one point each per game.
  • Referees may earn more than 2 points per round if they are representing multiple teams.
  • Referee points will be added to the team’s total points in the standings.
  • Coaches are responsible for verifying that their referees are earning points.
  • Requests to review or modify referee point totals may be submitted to the Referee Scheduler up until round 8 of the season. After round  8, point review requests cannot be accepted.
Information for Referees
  • New referees must complete the online Safe Haven course, the online Concussion Awareness Training and a referee clinic.
  • Please see the the referee training page for details on the courses being hosted in Newbury Park. Courses in other regions may be found at AYSOU.
  • Volunteers already certified as AYSO referees do not need to repeat the clinics.
  • Training and uniforms are free to Region 42 volunteers.
  • All referees be registered as volunteers. Returning volunteers can edit their information online and electronically sign their volunteer forms; they will not need to print any copies. All NEW volunteers should print out and sign one copy and have IDs checked when turning them in to their coach or referee staff. Again, returning volunteers do not need to print copies or have their ID’s checked.
  • All referees will be required to register with our online scheduling program. This allows them to schedule games around their own schedule. The referee will also be able to assign a team affiliation for the point system.
  • On a normal game day we typically have a few open slots that have not been scheduled in the online 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 schedule at the referee tent. Note, however that teams can earn a maximum of 2 referee points per round.
  • Youth referees (younger than 18 yrs) who have completed the upgrade process and are Intermediate level or higher can represent a team for points, at the discretion of the referee staff.
  • Reminder: referee points will not be awarded for center referee or assistant referee assignments in 7U/8U.

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