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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 8U team needs 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
  • You’d be giving back to the community
  • 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.


Summary (TL;DR): All volunteers must register and complete all California-mandated courses every year. New referees must complete the online class and attend a field session.


  1. Register as a volunteer.  New and returning volunteers must complete this. Time: 10 minutes.
    • Click on the "Register Now!" button in the section below.
    • Youth referees must create their own account separate from their parent's, otherwise they won't get credit for their online classes
    • Once signed in, Click the "Select" button on the "Referee" box; click "View Divisions" button and follow the next steps on the page. 
    • Adults will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers to run a background check. All our volunteers are required to do this.

  2. Take the California-mandated online training courses. New and returning volunteers must complete this. Time: 1hr.
    • Sign in to using the same credentials from Step 1, and
    • Complete all the "Safe Haven Courses" in the Online Courses tab: save haven, concussion awareness, and sudden cardiac arrest.

  3. Complete the online referee class in  Only new referees who have not been certified. Time: 1hr.
    1. To referee 8-and-younger age groups: complete the 8U Referee certification , or
    2. To referee all age groups: complete the Regional Referee certification, or 
    3. Certified USSF grassroot referees can transfer to Regional referees without the class, but need to complete the transfer form. The form requires signatures from the USSF Referee State Registrar.

  4. Attend a field session. Only for new referees who are not certified.  Time: 40min. Email  [email protected] to schedule it.
For questions or comments about the referee program please contact the Foster City AYSO Referee team at [email protected]

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MY2021 Referee Enrollment

This is the Foster City AYSO volunteer registration program for Adult (18+) and Youth (12-17) referees for Membership Year 2021. This program is open to new and returning referees. Youth referees are required to upload copy of birth certificate or passport to verify age.

In addition to specific AYSO training, all AYSO adult volunteers are required to undergo a background check through Sterling Volunteers. The background check is only done one time. If you are signing up for multiple volunteer positions, then it will be performed for the first volunteer position only. Foster City AYSO will pay the $25 volunteer membership fee associated with the background check.

Youth referees do not have to undergo the background check.

Thank you again for supporting Foster City AYSO! Your contribution is extremely valuable...

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Foster City AYSO

PO Box 4270 
Foster City, California 94404

Email Us: [email protected]
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