Info for Referees

  • Referee Resources
  • Referee Forms
  • Soccer Governing Rules
  • FIFA Homepage
  • USSF Homepage
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Online Training
  • eAYSO Courses
  • Is He Waving at Me? Referee Hand Signals Made Easy. Follow this link to find out what those hand signals really mean.
  • YOUTH REFEREE OPPORTUNITIES
    National guidelines state that youths 12 years old and older can become certified Referees (U6-U8 games) or Regional Referees (U6 to U10 games). Age policies and practices vary from Region to Region. If you are interested in participating as youth referee, please contact the Regional Commissioner or Referee Administrator Chuck Ward. NOTICE: Region 1336 supports a zero tolerance policy and will take swift and immediate action against any spectator or coach who verbally abuses a youth referee.
  • AYSO Referee Lesson Plans (Includes Powerpoint Downloads)
  • OFFSIDE – IT’S A REFEREE’S CALL
    No law is as misunderstood or misinterpreted as often as offside. The intent of the offside rule is simple – to prevent a player from standing in front of the goal waiting to be served a ball. According to the Laws of the Game (FIFA) a player is offside if he or she is nearer to the opponents goal line than the ball unless: there are at least two opponents(including the goalkeeper) between them and the opposing team’s goal. Offside is called ONLY if the player becomes involved in active play by: Interfering with the play, Interfering with opponent, Gaining an advantage by being in offside position. Offside infractions are determined at the time the ball is played from one attacker to another. For example, if the player were positioned onside at the moment the ball was passed by a teammate, he/she does not become offside by running to an offside position while the ball is in flight. Of course, this is where the law becomes questionable. The position of the player at the moment the ball was passed depends greatly upon the opinion of the referee and the referee’s opinion stands.
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