Thinking of becoming a referee?  

If you are under 13 years of age, we recommend you begin reffing in the Fall Lower Division program. (If this is you, please scroll down this page to the section titled "TRAINING FOR NEW REFEREES FOR FALL/LOWER DIVISION".  You will find details and special instructions about training opportunities for our younger referees).
If you are 14 years or older, and plan to start reffing in the Spring-Summer Upper Division, from May-July, you need to follow the USSF Grade 8 certification track, and complete all Grade 8 training requirements detailed below. 

If you are 14 or older...

 Upper Division referees are required to register with the USSF and pay a registration fee to become USSF certified.  The training course for a Grade 8 referee includes, self-paced online courses, 8 hrs of classroom instruction, and participation in our local pre-season on-field training.  Clinic dates and details are listed below. 
Spring Clinics for Grade 8 Referees who plan to work during our
Upper Division Season (games May thru July)
This is training for both first-time referees AND also referees who worked during our 2014 Fall Season.

New referees, and returning 1st year referees who began refereeing in August 2014 will need to attend a Grade 8 course, become USSF certified and pay the USSF registration fee in order to referee in the 2015 Spring-Summer season.

The training program includes: 1) an online component, (which includes viewing a required concussion training video); 2) 8 hrs of classroom instruction; and 3) participation in our local pre-season on-field training. Students must finish all components and pass a 100-question test to complete certification.  There are four classroom date options for persons wanting to become USSF Grade 8 referees.

Referees must register with the USSF and pay their registration fees online BEFORE they can start online instruction and sign up for their classroom session.

Classroom sessions for persons planning to certify as USSF Grade 8 for 2015:

Sunday, March 29  8:30AM – 5:00PM
 Tuesday, April 7  8:30AM – 5:00PM
(during school Spring Break)
 Saturday, April 18  8:30AM – 5:00PM

Students will receive clinic location information by email after completing pre-clinic requirements.

 ** On-field training dates and options will be sent to referees who are officially registered.

NEW referee candidates need to email their name, address, phone, email address and birth date to:  Once we receive your information, we will email detailed instructions how to access the web site, complete your online registration and clinic sign-up.  Registrations and fees can not be accepted at clinics.

Please register early because clinic space is limited.  When maximum room capacity is reached, registrations must be closed.  Clinic locations and final class details will be sent to new referees by email after online registration and clinic sign-ups are completed.


This training is designed for BRAND NEW REFEREES who have not reffed with the AYSA before and plan start reffing during our Fall & Lower Division in Aug-Oct. If you are interested in refereeing this fall, you must complete our AYSA training program, which consists of three parts: 1) an online component, 2) attending classroom instruction, and 3) and an on-field training session.  Students must complete all components, and pass a 50-question test to become certified. Referees are required to register with the AYSA, but not with the State Association. There are no registration fees, and all clinics are free. Our AYSA Basic Referee classes are offered in June and July.  On-field training dates will be arranged for registered referees after they have completed classroom requirements.

Our fall training program requires new referees to complete one or two 3 hr classroom sessions, depending on the age level they plan to officiate.  The first 3-hr class, (also known as Part A), includes all the training and information a referee needs to be certified to referee U8 and U10 games. The 2nd 3-hour session, (Part B), covers additional topics and instruction that will qualify a person to Center referee and Assistant Referee for U12-U13 Fall games

Our 2015 Classroom sessions for new referees are listed below.  New referees must attend a U8-U10/PartA training session on either June 28 or July 7.  Completing one of these classroom trainings and the other components will qualify referees to officiate U8 and U10 games.  If you would like to officiate U12 and U13 games, you also need to attend a U12-U13/PartB training session on either July 21 or July 26.

Officiating U8-U10 Games:     Sunday, June 28          6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Officiating U8-U10 Games:     Tuesday, July 7          12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Officiating U12-U13 Games:    Tuesday, July 21        12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Officiating U12-U13 Games:    Sunday, July 26           6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Officiating U8-U10 Games:      Sunday, Aug 9/16        6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Field training sessions will be arranged and scheduled during late July & early August. There will be two field dates scheduled before the fall season begins, and several others offered during the first two weeks of August. Remember, registrations will NOT be accepted the day of a class.

If you wish to begin refereeing in our August Lower Division & Fall Seasons, please send an email to Dave DeWitt at , (if you have not already done so).  That way we can make sure you are added to the correct clinic roster.  BUT...please make sure you have sent us which clinic date(s) you plan to attend.

To get started, please include the following information in your email:

    • Your full name
    • Home address, with Zip code
    • Phone number(s) Home & cell if avail
    • Primary Email address, (plus an alternate email addresses if you'd like)
    • Birthdate (use this format MM/DD/YYYY)
    • Parent(s) names (under 18 only)
    • Which soccer team you will play for, (if you play Fall soccer)
    • Which clinic date(s) you plan to attend

Once you've selected your clinic date, you will need to email the date of the class you have decided on along with your personal details above.  After we receive your information we will send an email packet that confirms your classroom times and clinic location, plus full instructions on how to complete your online sign-up and start your online training.  The email will also contain links to our AYSA referee web site where you will learn how to create your own referee account, and how to submit your referee availability for the season.


AYSA has access to a great online resource that is designed to provide information on how the Laws of the Game apply to players, coaches, and spectators. Respect Our Referees is an active campaign designed to make a better environment for our referees. The online courses are anywhere from 7-30 minutes in length and are focused on a specific target audiences: players, coaches, and spectators.

Click the link below to explore the different types of presentations available. Some of the topics covered are the offside rule, fouls and misconduct, and behavior expectations. Whether you are a player, a parent, or a coach, there is something to learn about the Laws of the Game and how referees deal with issues on the field.


Were you a first year referee last year?  If you attended a grade 8 referee clinic in the spring of 2014, you can find more information on how to recertify and keep reffing in 2015 if you click here.

If you attended a clinic in June or July of 2014 and refereed for the first time in Aug- Sept, 2014, and now would like to referee during the Upper Division season, please read, "Training For New Referees for Upper Division", at the top of this page.

If you were certified as Grade 8, 7, or 6 last year, the information you need to recertify as a referee is now available.  For more information, please click here

 2014 Referee Awards!

Each year, the Arrowhead Youth Soccer Board of Directors recognizes outstanding young referees from the previous season.  The referees are nominated by AYSA’s Referee Director, with input from senior referees.  At the 2015 Annual meeting, the following referees will receive recognition for their work during the 2014 season.

 Click "Read More" to view the 2014 Recipients


If you are looking for a flexible evening and weekend summer work, consider refereeing. 
You must be at least 13 years old to referee in our Upper Division season, and at least 11 years old to referee in our Lower Division season.
Many games are weekday evenings.  We will try to schedule you for 2 games each evening that you work.



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