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Points System / Team Refs

Team Referees and the Referee Points System

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 more than 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 volunteer referees.

Summary of the Referee Points System for Region 42:

  1. Center Referee (CR) and Assistant Referee (AR) assignments for 10U/12U/14U games will earn two Referee Points per game in the scheduler system.
  2. Center Referee (CR) assignments for 8U games will earn one Referee Point per game in the scheduler system. (No points for 8U AR or 7U CR/AR).
  3. A team can earn up to four Referee Points per week (per round) in the scheduler system.
  4. A team can earn up to 30 Referee Points per season in the scheduler system.
  5. For standings purposes, Referee Points are then divided by two, for a maximum of two per week and 15 for the season.

Team Referees

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

5U/6U Divisions

For 5U/6U the coaches are the referees. Spectators who are not certified referees may not officiate games. The most they can do is signal if the ball has gone out of bounds.

7U / 8U Divisions

In Region 42, the teams in our 7U/8U divisions are ultimately responsible for their own officiating. 7U/8U teams are expected to provide adult team referees who have been certified via the Basic Referee clinic to officiate during their child’s game as the center referee. These team adult referees are encouraged to sign-up for their team’s games in the online Referee Scheduling System. Youth referees are also incentivized via the Youth Referee Program to take 7U/8U center and assistant referee assignments. For youth referees, Referee Points will not be awarded for 7U/8U center referee or assistant referee assignments at any time during the season.

New for the 2019 season and beyond, Referee Points WILL be awarded for 8U center referee assignments for adult referees (see more information about this in the Referee Points System description). If no referee (team adult referee, or other adult referee not associated with the team or youth referee) is signed up, the coaches are expected to referee and otherwise manage the game. If a youth referee or adult referee does sign up for the game, that referee has priority and the coaches are expected to support and abide by the calls made by that referee.

Spectators who are not certified referees may not officiate games. The most they can do is signal if the ball has gone out of bounds.

10U / 12U / 14U Divisions

For 10U/12U/14U each team needs to provide at least one 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 in the online Referee Scheduling System. The level of game a referee officiates is dependent on their qualification and personal comfort level:

  • Regional referees may take any position in 7U/8U/10U games.
  • Regional referees may take an AR position in 12U games after they complete the Offside Workshop.
  • Regional referees who have taken the Intermediate Referee course and are in training for that badge may take any position in a 12U game with approval of the referee staff.
  • Intermediate referees may take any position in 7U/8U/10U/12U games.
  • Experienced Intermediate referees may be allowed to officiate 14U games at the discretion of the referee staff.
  • Advanced referees may take any position in any Region 42 game.
  • Reminder: Referee points can NOT be earned for any 7U positions (CR or AR) or for the 8U AR position. 

Note that referees can earn points for a team in one division level even if the game they’re officiating is at a different level. For example, a parent with a child in the 12U Division can earn points for that 12U team by refereeing games in the 10U Division. Also, please note that referee points are NOT earned for 16U/19U games, as those are administered by Area 10E.

The Referee Points System

For the past several years our region has used a Referee Points system to reward 10U, 12U and 14U 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, so we can keep growing our pool of referees, 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 factored and then 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 youth incentive program. Certified youth referees do not earn Referee 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 Referee Points for their teams.

Details of the Referee Points System

  • Because of limitations with the referee scheduling system there is a distinction between referee points in the scheduler system and "Team Standing Referee Points" as described below.
  • Teams that have a certified adult referee representing them can earn up to a maximum of 30 Referee Points in the scheduler system during the season.
  • Referees and assistant referees earn two Referee Points each per game in the scheduler system at the 10U, 12U, and 14U level. Referees only (i.e. center referees, NOT assistant referees) earn one Referee Point each per game in the scheduler system at the 8U level.
  • Teams can earn a maximum of 4 Referee Points per round (typically a “round” is one Saturday) in the scheduler system. Occasionally, it may look like a team has earned more than 4 Referee Points in the scheduler system in a round, but this usually is due to a correction of some sort (see below).
  • Referee Points in the scheduler system will be halved for calculating "Team Standing Referee Points". So, the maximum 30 Referee Points a team can acquire per season in the scheduler system will equate to 15 “Team Standing Referee Points” used to help determine a team’s standings.
  • Teams can have multiple adult referees representing them for points, but the team can acquire only 4 points per round. If a team has more than one referee we suggest that they coordinate their game assignments. Adjustments will not be made if the multiple referees do not coordinate their referee assignments to meet the 4 points per round team maximum in the scheduler system. For example, if the refs for a team earn 6 points in a round, two of those points will not be counted and will not be transferred to a different round. This rule is to ensure a sufficient number of referees every weekend. This doesn't mean a referee cannot sign up and officiate games. In that case we do thank you for stepping up and helping to ensure the kids can play.
  • Referees can earn only 4 Referee Points per round for any one team, but they can represent more than one team and earn 4 Referee Points per team per round.
  • “Team Standing Referee Points” (Referee Points from the scheduler system weighted by 0.5) will be added to the team’s total points in the standings. The referee points can be and often are critical for determining final standings of a team.
  • Because a 8U CR referee point is halved to 0.5, a team’s total standings (wins, ties, Team Standing Referee Points, etc.) throughout the season may be a fractional number.
  • Coaches are responsible for verifying that their referees are earning points.
  • Requests to review or modify 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, the online Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training and a referee clinic.

  • Returning referees who have previously completed Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness should check to ensure they are up to date; child safety is a very high priority and so the courses must be renewed every two years.
  • Please see the referee training page for details on the courses being hosted in Newbury Park. Courses in other regions may be found at AYSOU.
  • Once the season starts, referee instructors and staff are heavily involved in supporting games and other AYSO volunteer activities. Accordingly, Regional (basic) Referee clinics will not be available in Region 42 and are rarely if ever available elsewhere after the season begins.
  • Volunteers already certified as AYSO referees do not need to repeat the clinics, but they are strongly encouraged to inform themselves about recent important changes to the Laws of the Game. More information about these changes will be provided before and during the start of the season. Information is also available on this website.
  • Volunteers previously certified at the U8 Official level DO need to complete the Basic Referee Clinic to officiate 8U games and above.
  • Training and uniforms are free to Region 42 volunteers.
  • Player safety is an AYSO priority. All referees must 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. If it appears during registration or re-registration that a payment is required for a background check, do not make the payment. That is covered by Region 42.
  • All referees will need to register with our online scheduling system. This system allows them to schedule games around their own schedule. The referee will also be able to assign a team affiliation for the Referee Points system. Information about registering in the scheduler system will be provided by email prior to the start of the season.
  • 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 their points for that game as long as they enter their details on the master (printed) schedule at the referee shed (across from the snack shack for Pepper Tree games). Note, however, that teams can only earn a maximum of 4 Referee Points per round.
  • Youth referees (younger than 18 yrs) who are Intermediate level or higher can represent a team for Referee Points, at the discretion of the referee staff.
Reminder: Referee Points will not be awarded for center referee or assistant referee assignments in 7U or for assistant referee assignments in 8U games.

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