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How to Become a Referee

Why Become a Referee?

Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

Referees are critical to soccer - the game can't be played without them. The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. He is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.

The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.

Steps to Becoming a Referee

1.  Login into our website at and register as a volunteer.  For more information visit our How to Volunteer page.  There you will find step by step instructions to guide you through the process.  

Special Note:  Be sure to note your AYSO ID when electronically signing the volunteer form.  This ID will be needed later in the process.

2.  Complete a Safe Haven and CDC Concussion course at  To login you will need your ASYO ID from the eSign form.  .
3.  Sign up for the appropriate referee certification(s) at

4.  Welcome on board ref.   

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Referee Class Schedule

Referee Training Schedule

Advanced Referee Course  -  May 21st  2017

  • Location:  OK Farms, 1570 Maikalani St, Hilo, HI 96720
  • Hours:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Prerequisite:  Intermediate Referee Certification Recommended  
  • What to bring:  Plenty of water, athletic clothing, and shoes (cleats preferable)
  • What will be provided: Lunch and refreshments 
  • Minimum Age:  16
  • Contact Persons:  
    Troy Keolanui or 
    Daison Carriaga
  • Required for Completion
    90% or Better on Advanced Exam
    Pass a Fitness Test
    50 Games as a Referee: 10 in 14U and 5 as AR (in 14U)
    Assessment: One as referee and one as AR
    Five Service Units
  • Fee:  There will be no fee for this class.
This one day class leads to a Advanced Referee Certification for AYSO Referees.  The purpose of this course is to train Intermediate Referees in all aspects of refereeing to develop skills that will allow the referee to officiate most AYSO soccer matches under the AYSO (FIFA) Laws and AYSO National Rules and Regulations.

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Hilo AYSO Region 274

P.O. Box 5000 
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

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Phone : 808-959-1972
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