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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 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.

Summary of the 2019–20 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. Referee Points from the scheduler system will be halved to determine the “Team Standings Referee Points”, which will be added to a team’s standings. So, the 30 Referee Points maximum per season from the scheduler system will equate to 15 Team Standings Referee Points maximum per season that can be added to a team’s standings.
  6. In other words, in terms of standings, 10U and older games are still worth one point as they have always been. What is new is that 8U CR assignments are now worth a half point. However, the scheduling system cannot handle fractional values, so that's why everything is doubled there.
  7. This means that a team’s total points (determined by wins, ties, ref points, etc.) throughout the season may now be a fractional number.

Team Referees

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

5U/6U Divisions

For 5U/6U the coaches are the referees.

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 this season (2019), Referee Points WILL be awarded for 8U center referee assignments for adult referees (see more information about this in the Referee Points 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.

10U / 12U / 14U Divisions

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 in the online Referee Scheduling System. The level of game a referee officiates is dependent on their qualification 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.
  • 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 game

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

  • 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 standings impacts. So, the 30 Referee Points maximum per season in the scheduler system will equate to 15 “Team Standings Referee Points” added to a team’s standings.
  • Teams can have multiple adult referees representing them for points. In those situations, the referees should 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 insure a sufficient number of referees every weekend. (However, we do thank you for stepping up!)
  • Referees can earn only 4 Referee Points per round for any one team, but if they are representing multiple teams, they can earn 4 Referee Points per team per round.
  • “Team Standings Referee Points” (Referee Points from the scheduler system weighted by 0.5) will be added to the team’s total points in the standings.
  • 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 and a referee clinic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All referees will be required to register with our online scheduling program. 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 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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