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Referee Information

Referee Administrator: Armando Cerna

[email protected] 



Opening Day is August 22, 2015.  The Region 73 REFEREE STATION will be on the North side of the restroom bldg. under a canopy.
A lockable changing room and lockable restroom will be available for you to change into your uniform.
Uniforms for new referees will be available before your designated game.  Be there at least an hour before your first game to receive your uniform.
Uniform updates for returning referees will also be available; please understand that you will need to request your uniform needs well ahead of your game, as many new referees will need to be uniformed before their first game.
Water will be provided.
Lunch will be provided  at the concession stand to all referees in complete uniform during game day (honor system prevails).
Awards of specific referee equipment will be given to referees during the season who demonstrate commitment to the Region 73 Referee Program.
Siign up for your games online at Region 73 website; click on Referee and Game Schedules the week before Opening Day.  Please sign up for only the following Saturday's games, one week at a time.
See your Region 73 Referee Administrator for further details and with questions or concerns.


Email RRA 73 Armando Cerna at [email protected] or call him at (831) 713-9930 with any questions or concerns about your Region 73 Referee needs.


Thank you for all you do for Region 73!!!

Referees are as critical to soccer as players and coaches. In AYSO, the game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees. It’s most common for a volunteer to begin their AYSO referee career by refereeing their own child’s game. However, as they learn the rules, develop their own techniques for managing players, coaches and fans, and gain an appreciation for how important the role of the referee is to a fun, fair and safe soccer experience, they often find it very rewarding to expand their knowledge and experience through AYSO’s advanced training and certification process. AYSO’s referee training is considered some of the best in the U.S. and includes both in-person courses in your community and online opportunities. Soccer knowledge is a plus, but is certainly not required. The AYSO referee training will give you all you need to know to have a terrific experience on the field.

The Referee’s Job
The Referee’s job is to be the official in charge of the match at every game. He/she is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Their authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, team officials, spectators and assistant referees.

Who Are AYSO Referees?
AYSO Referees are volunteers, just like the coaches, team parents, field workers, administrators and almost all others involved with AYSO. Most Referees are parents or relatives of players. Many players themselves are Youth Referees and are welcomed. Any person 12 years of age or older can volunteer as a Referee.

How Are AYSO Referees Trained?
Each AYSO referee receives training geared to the level of the games they will be officiating. Each year returning referees are encouraged to take additional training to move up to higher badge levels. Every class addresses the Laws of the Game, psychological issues for players of various ages, and practical refereeing. Each class includes all course material.

How Are AYSO Referees Managed?
Getting the right referees to the right games is a major management task in every region. Referees are encouraged to work a variety of player levels to facilitate their learning and by working with other experience referees. The Referee Administrator will assist referees with assigning games that match their skills and comfort level.

But why should you do it?
We can’t have games without referees. More importantly, it’s rewarding. Working with the kids is great fun.

While everyone is welcome, including players themselves, refereeing is likely to appeal to you if:

- You like being involved with your children's activities and support AYSO
- You enjoy sports (even if you didn't play soccer as a youth).
- You enjoy (or need) physical activity (refereeing is a great, light, regular workout).
- You don't have enough time, patience or soccer skills to be a coach.

If any of these describe you (coaches are encouraged to referee) or you team’s parents, give it a try. When you do, you will find it can be a great deal of fun to be out on the field with the kids enjoying the game “close-up”.

If you are interested in volunteering for a Referee position for your child’s team, please contact the Referee Administrator at [email protected] with your name, email address and child’s name or please let your coach know that you are interested in the Referee Program. You can check the Region’s website, for more Referee information and a schedule of upcoming Referee training classes.

Thank You In Advanced Volunteering!!!

Armando Cerna
Referee Administrator
Region 73