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Welcome Foster City Region 62 Referees

Each fall season, we officiate hundreds of games for over 600 players from ages 5 to 19.  We invite parents and youths, 12 year old or over, to serve as AYSO referees.

Please note each U8 and older team is expected to have at least 2 team referees.

Why become an AYSO Referee

First and foremost: the children need you: soccer cannot be played without referees. Referees keep the game safe, fair, and fun for everyone; we are mentors and real-time mediators. Other reasons to consider:

  • It's fun,
  • It’s great exercise, 
  • you control your schedule, all games are self-assigned
    • parents of players under 8yo: you referee your child's game, no extra time needed!
  • You learn a lot about the beautiful game, (e.g., you'll know more about soccer rules than many TV commentators!)
  • You’d be doing great community work, by helping provide a high-quality sports education to children regardless of race, gender, social strata, etc. 
  • Youths aged 12 to 17 may satisfy the community service requirements for their schools. Officiating games also teaches them about leadership and mediation.
    • AYSO would provide you with training, mentoring, and supplies; which may prove very useful if you decide to officiate club or school games.

There is no experience or knowledge of soccer requirements. We will train you in the “Laws of the Game” and on game management. We will support and mentor you so that you are comfortable officiating games.

Registration & Required Training for New and Returning Referees

These steps below are required for BOTH new and returning referees:

  1. Register as a Referee Volunteer on our website. Time: 10 minutes.
  2. Take the Referee class in AYSOU.  (only NEW referees)
    • To go to AYSOU:
      1. Go to your volunteer profile page: go to My Account, then click the Volunteer link on the left panel. 
      2. Click the AYSOU button on your profile box. You will be automatically redirected and signed in to AYSOU
    • Go to the Training Library
    • Click on Referee courses.
    • Enroll in the online course that fits your preference:
    • to referee 6U and 8U enroll in the 8U Official Course online, Time: 30min

    • to referee all age groups enroll in the Regional Referee Online + In-Person Companion . Time: 1hr online + 2hr in person
      • Schedule the In-Person part in the last module of the training. The system is annoying, you will need to click multiple screens to get to the schedule... and then you may have to click through different dates until you find In-Person Companion Regional Referee Training. Please have patience, we are also very frustrated by how difficult it is.
      • We are currently scheduled to do the In-Person Companion Sunday Aug 27th 8am and Saturday Sep 2nd 8am. Feel free to take the class in other regions. Sign up in AYSOU, in the Training Event tab.

  3. Take the Safe Haven online courses in AYSOU. Time: approx. 2hr
    • In AYSOU, go to the Training Library, then click on Save Haven courses. 
    • Enroll in the following online courses:
      1. AYSO Safe Haven. Learn what makes AYSO great and the role you play in our organization.
      2. Concussion Awareness. This course is mandated by Law.
      3. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness. This course is mandated by Law.
      4. (Adults only) SafeSport: Abuse and Mandatory Reporting. This course is mandated by Law.

  4. email [email protected]  when you complete the courses so we can arrange for uniform pickup and create your MySoccerLeague account, which will allow you to schedule your games!
Here's a table to understand who needs to take what training and certs:

Volunteer registrationYearly
Background checkYearly (Adults only)
FingerprintingOnce (Adults only, Winter Select)
Referee Certification (U8/Regional)Once
AYSO Safe HavenOnce
Concussion AwarenessBiennial
Sudden Cardiac Arrest AwarenessBiennial
SafeSportYearly (Adults only)

Email us at [email protected] if you have comments, questions,  or issues.

Registration Listing

Referee Registration MY2023

Thank you for signing up to be a volunteer youth or adult referee for Foster City AYSO. All volunteers must have their own Sports Connect account, including youth referees. If you are trying to sign up a youth referee through an adult account, please do not proceed - create a separate account for the youth volunteer. Adult volunteers should have their own accounts too - not as an additional user on another Sports Connect account.

If you are ages 12-17 and will not be 18 before August 1, 2022 then please choose the "Youth Referee" Division.

If you are currently 17 but turning 18 by August 1, 2022, please choose the "Adult Referee" division.

All adults (18 or older by August 1, 2022) please choose the "Adult Referee" Division.

Thank you again for volunteering!

Youth Referee - Ages 12-17

Registration closes on 07/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 09/09/2023 to 07/31/2024
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Adult Referees (Age 18+ by August 1, 2023)

Registration closes on 07/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 09/09/2023 to 07/31/2024
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PO Box 4270 
Foster City, California 94404

Email Us: [email protected]
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