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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.


Per California law, all volunteers must register and complete the mandated courses every year. New referees must complete the online class and attend a field session.


  1. Register as a volunteer.  Who? All volunteers. Time: 10 minutes.
    • Login, or Register for a new account, at the top of
      • Youth referees must create their own account separate from their parent's account in order to get credit for their online classes
    • 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. By law, adults are required to complete this.

  2. Go to eTrainU
    • Login to
    • Go to your volunteer profile page. To do so: click this link or go to My Account, then click the Volunteer link on the left panel. 
    • Click the AYSOU button on your profile box. You will be automatically redirected and signed in to eTrainU
    • Review the eTrainU Learner User Guide to familiarize yourself with the site.

  3. Take the Safe Haven online courses. Who? All volunteers, these are mandated by law. Time: approx. 1hr.
    • In eTrainU, go to the Training Library (click the "Training Library" section in the left pane),
    • Click on Save Haven courses.
    • Enroll in the three online courses: safe haven, concussion awareness, and sudden cardiac arrest.
    • Go to My Training (click the "My Training" section in the left pane),
    • Complete the courses.

  4. Take the Referee online class.  Who? Referee candidates who are not certified. Time: approx. 1hr.
    • In eTrainU, go to the Training Library (click the "Training Library" section in the left pane),
    • Click on Referee courses.
    • Enroll in the online course that fits your preference:
      • to referee 8-and-younger age groups enroll in the 8U Official Course, or 
      • for referee all age groups enroll in the Regional Referee Training.
    • USSF Grassroots referees can become AYSO referees by completing the transfer process (no class needed). The process requires approval from the California USSF Registrar and typically takes more than 4 months... it's faster and easier to complete the online class.

  5. Attend the field session on Saturday August 20th 9am. Who? Referee candidates who are not certified.  Time: 40min.  You receive your ref gear at the completion of the session.
For questions or comments email us at [email protected]

Registration Listing

Referee Registration MY2022

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!

Adult Referee (Age 18+ by Aug 1, 2022)

Registration closes on 07/31/2023 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2022 to 07/31/2023
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Youth Referee (Ages 12-17)

Registration closes on 07/31/2023 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2022 to 07/31/2023
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PO Box 4270 
Foster City, California 94404

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