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South Lake Tahoe AYSO

Referees! We Need You!

Referees are as critical to soccer as players and coaches. In AYSO, the game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees.

We need you!  We would love for you to apply to be a referee and we will train you FREE OF CHARGE.

Referee Training

Referees are as critical to soccer as players and coaches. In AYSO, the game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees.  AYSO’s referee training is considered some of the best in the U.S. and includes both in-person courses locally 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. All participants that become certified Referees through our program receive a complete Referee kit, shirts, shorts, socks, gear bag, flags, whistle, etc.


For those interested in joining the referee ranks, the required training consists of  a full-day course that is designed for individuals refereeing in the U10 division or higher. Both of these course offerings are held at many convenient opportunities during the year. No advance preparation is required and all course materials will be provided on the day of the class. 

Completion of the Basic Referee course certifies that you may referee as a Center Referee at any AYSO soccer match up through U12. For those interested in officiating at the U14 and above level, you will need to upgrade your badge to either the Intermediate or Advanced Level. We encourage you to take one of the Intermediate or Advanced Referee courses that are typically offered within Area 2. Periodically check the Region 282 website for details of these course offerings or ask anyone on the Referee Staff for information about attending one of these advanced classes

Cost = $0

In AYSO there is no out-of-pocket cost in becoming a referee. We only ask that you invest your time to help promote a FUN, FAIR and SAFE environment for our kids. 
Once you have completed  the Basic Referee class and officiated 3 games, you will be provided a complete uniform and accessory kit needed in order to get you off to the right start in your first match. Once again, thank you to all who volunteer to be a referee. We appreciate your commitment to our kids and the AYSO program and we will do whatever we can to make this experience as enjoyable and as rewarding as possible. See you on the field! 

Referees are encouraged to check the web site frequently for updates, announcements and other information.


August 28, 2024
5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Room # B103

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How to become a South Lake Tahoe AYSO Referee

How to Become a SLT AYSO Referee

Step 1- Register as an AYSO Volunteer

All referees must register as a volunteer annually. Youth volunteers (ages 10-17) will need a parent or guardian to complete the online volunteer process for them. Register online as a volunteer with AYSO at follow the links and fill out the volunteer registration form and background check.

Step 2 – Complete Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Stewards of the Game online courses.

 All new referees must complete

·         AYSO’s Safe Haven (Course MT02), 30 minutes

·         Concussion Awareness (AYSO Heads Up Concussion Training). 15 minutes

·         Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course, 20 minutes

·         Stewards of the Game, 20 minutes

The courses can be found here in the Online Courses tab, Safe Haven Folder.

Step 3- Complete the Regional Referee Course, 2 hours online, 3 hours in classroom.

Part 1: In go to Online Courses, Referring Courses, Regional Referee Training. Complete all chapters. Take the final exam, download and print your Certificate or Completion. 

Part 2: Register for the classroom Regional Referee Companion Course. In go to In Person Courses, Referee Instructor Led Courses, Regional Referee Online Companion Course, Sessions. Select Register for the course you want to take. Make sure you register for area 282 in South Lake Tahoe. Bring your Certificate of Completion from the part 1 and your Safe Heaven Certificates.

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South Lake Tahoe AYSO

PO Box 16737 
South Lake Tahoe, California 96151

Email Us: [email protected]
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