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AYSO 154 Cypress, CA

Referee Certification Classes and Upcoming Referee Events

2021 AYSO Return to Play Guidelines for Officials

return to play guidelines for officials 20201.pdf

1. Teams will be on opposite sides of the field from one another. This way they can spread out along their own sidelines safely with their own team.
2. Only 2 spectators are allowed per player. Please work with the coaches if you see more. This is a hard rule and there are NO exceptions!
3. All officials need to have a mask on their person at all times in case close communication is needed with a player, coach and/or spectator. 
4. ALL spectators and coaches must abide by all of the CDC guidelines for safety throughout the entire time they are on the fields. This includes, but is not limited to:
a. Masks must be worn properly at all times.
b. Must remain at least 6 feet from one another
c. No sharing of water bottles or other head/facial equipment

2020-2021 Returning Referee Meeting: Return To Play

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Time: 6:00p
Location: Zoom
Address: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 872 7658 9611
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If you have any questions, please email me at any time at [email protected]

Dates and Information about Basic Referee Certification Courses:
(all dates are pending City of Cypress Room Approval)

2020-2021 Dates, Times and Locations: TBD (You must Register on AYSOU with your Volunteer AYSO ID #)

Companion Courses:


Full Day Course: 


**Please bring your certificates showing your completion of the Safe Haven, Concussion and Basic Regional Referee Online Training just in case they are not showing up online **
Basic Referee Certification allows you to be U10 Certified for Centering a game.

Upcoming Referee Events!!!

1. 2020-2021 Returning Referee Meeting-VERY IMPORTANT MEETING!

Date: TBD
Time: 7:00-9:00p
Location: TBD
Topics: We will be reviewing all the 2020-2021 Law Changes and outlining our expectations for the year.

2. AYSO Trainings-Upgrade your Badge During the Pandemic!

Visit and under the In-Person/Online Courses, find your appropriate class to upgrade your badge! There are plenty throughout Southern California for you to choose from. All classes are currently done virtually for everyone's safety.

**If we have enough interest in Cypress, we can put on our own Intermediate Class! Please contact Vince Redmond, Region 154 RRA at [email protected].

3. CalSouth Entry Level Clinic (To become an USSF Certified Referee)

Date: TBA
Go to the bottom of the page, select New Referee Entry Courses and the dates you are looking for a class. These classes are required unless you are an Intermediate or higher AYSO referee. If so, please visit our 'How to Become an USSF Referee' tab and click under the Intermediate/Advanced/National tab for more information. 

4. Download the IFAB app from your Google Play or Apple App Store. It is the first ever app that has the laws and changes of the game at your fingertips. It is your portable law book with everything you need!

2020-2021 Sectional Rule for 12U 

Heading and Punting the Ball= According to AYSO rules, there is no heading of a ball for 12U and below. However, the goalkeepers will be able to punt and drop kick the ball this year as a proper way to distribute the ball out of the back.  Be sure to cover this with both teams during your pre-game talk with each team. Also, be vocal on the field if you see a player trying to play the ball with their head. Lastly, be aware that heading the ball is different than the ball hitting the head. If a player is hit in the head by a ball and they made no conscious attempt to play it, there is no infraction and play continues. Assess the player for possible head injury though as play continues. These are new rules for many, so we need to help them remember them throughout the game. 


2020-2021 is another exciting year for Region 154. As a Region and community, we moved into a new era of AYSO refereeing 3 years ago now based on your input and requests. Due to declining referee volunteerism, increased rules and regulations to the game, and our desire for increased referee competency, Region 154 partnered up with the North Orange County Referee Association (NOCRA) to help officiate most of our competitive level games. This cutting edge partnership has  increased the skill level of all our match officials (USSF Officials) for each game, NO games have been cancelled for 3 years now due to no referee sign ups, and many of our dedicated volunteers are finally able to be compensated for all of their hard work and dedication to our kids. We are the first AYSO region to take this bold step in California and many other regions across that state are now contacting us to see how they too can follow in our footsteps! Here is to another Safe, Fair and Fun year of AYSO 154 soccer!

*** Region 154 has a ZERO Tolerance stance on Referee abuse by players, parents and coaches. If any such behavior is observed, please notify a Board Member for investigation and possible disciplinary actions***

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We want to provide you and your family with the best possible soccer experience possible, so we are collecting feedback on how we (board of directors) are performing.  We would greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes out of your busy day to fill out our Feedback form below. This information is strictly confidential, and will be sent only to Vince Redmond, Regional Referee Administrator.  You may choose to leave your contact information if you'd like.


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AYSO 154 Cypress, CA

PO Box 999 
Cypress, California 90630

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 714-722-1048
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