Referees are critical to soccer – games can’t be played without them. The referee’s job is to be the official in charge of the game.
But why should you do it? While everyone is welcome, refereeing is likely to appeal to you if you:
like being involved (you tend to get fidgety on the sidelines);
enjoy sports and/or wish you were playing
enjoy/need physical activity (refereeing is a great, light, regular workout);
don’t have quite enough time, patience or soccer skills to be a coach.
If any of these describe you, you should give refereeing a try. MDSA will provide you with all the needed training, equipment and mentoring to be successful. When you do, you’ll find out that it’s fun! We also need volunteers – “no certified referee, no game”!
REFEREE DUTIES & REQUIREMENTS
Mt. Diablo Soccer has a very clear philosophy – its games are to be played so that they are a safe, positive, enjoyable, growth experience for the children.
However, this is not achieved by adopting idiosyncratic or peculiar rules. Our games follow standard international soccer (FIFA) Law very closely, with only a very few changes to adapt to AYSO philosophy (e.g. controlled substitution to ensure that “everyone plays”) and, at the youngest age levels, to adapt the game to the physical and mental maturity of the players.
HOW TO BECOME A REFEREE
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL REFEREES
As with all AYSO Volunteers, becoming a referee involves 3 easy steps:
Volunteer Registration (incl background check)
Mandatory Volunteer Training
Self-Assign games through inLeague
Step 1 – Register as a Volunteer with AYSO
– Complete current year registration in inLeague
– Select Referee volunteer role
– Parent must add the youth as a new
user on their inLeague Account – with a
unique email address
– Select Referee volunteer role
– Once the Volunteer Application is submitted it will trigger a background check to Sterling Volunteers to complete the (AYSO National requirement)
– CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR AN UPDATE FROM STERLING VOLUNTEERS. Follow the steps in this email to submit your Background Check.
– You will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers when your Background Check is complete, and you are eligible to volunteer.
– Background check must be completed annually
No background check is required until the volunteer reaches their 18th birthday
Step 2 – Fingerprinting With Capital Live Scan (one-time only)
Starting January 1, 2022, California AB 506 requires all adult volunteers who have direct contact with children in California to have a one-time background check as approved by the California Department of Justice to exclude individuals with a history of child abuse. This form of background check requires live scan fingerprinting.
Please note, this only needs to be done ONCE unless there is a 5 year gap in volunteer service. It is not transferable from another organization.
Step 3 – Complete Mandatory Volunteer Training
Sign in to your inLeague account and then select the “graduation cap” icon on the menu bar to login to eTrainU for your online training
Select Training Library Menu / Safe Haven (View Courses)
AYSO’sSafe Haven – outlines the important elements around protecting our children and volunteers
CDC HEADS UP Concussion Training – understanding the signs and required actions for concussions
Sudden Cardiac Arrest training – understanding the signs and required actions for possible sudden cardiac arrests
Step 4 – Complete the applicable age-appropriate official Referee Certification
It’s time to learn how to be a referee! We provide training options depending on the age group you want to referee, both online and in person (subject to current health guidelines). All class options will be found by logging into inleague / eTrainU / Training Library / Refereeing Courses. Specific course names are listed below and you can search for in-person and virtual options.
Course Options (eTrainU)
8U Official Course – Online
8U Official – Full In Person Course
Take the Regional Referee course below to avoid having to take it when your child moves up to 10u (highly recommended)
Regional Referee – Online + In-Person Companion Course. (This is online + in person field session)
Regional Referee – Full In-Person Course (2-3 in person sessions)
Intermediate Referee – Full In Person Course
Advanced Referee Course – Full In Person Course
National Referee Course – Full In Person Course
Contact our Referee Admin Team for any questions on what class may be best for you or if you are having difficulty locating a session. Once you have completed your training, we will provide you with the basic referee gear to get started:
8U referees will receive a shirt, whistle and 8U badge