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AYSO 154 Cypress, CA

Referee Certification Classes, Upcoming Referee Events, and Rule Reminders

2024-2025 AYSO Referee Page

If you have any questions, please email me at any time at [email protected]

Dates and Information about Intermediate and Regional Referee Certification Courses:

2024-2025 Dates, Times and Locations: (You must Register on AYSOU/Etrainu with your Volunteer AYSO ID #) Prerequisite for Companion Course: Regional Referee Online Course on AYSOU/Etrainu (bundle).

Intermediate Referee Course:

8/17/24 from 9-6p: Cypress Boys and Girls Club (10161 Moody St, Cypress, CA 90630)

Regional Referee Companion Courses:

8/24/24 from 9-1p: Cypress Boys and Girls Club (10161 Moody St, Cypress, CA 90630)
9/8/24 from 9-1p: Cypress Boys and Girls Club (10161 Moody St, Cypress, CA 90630)

Regional Referee Course-Full Day (in person) : Adults and Youth

8/24/24 from 9-5p: Cypress Boys and Girls Club (10161 Moody St, Cypress, CA 90630)

* If you are not available the dates that our region is offering a referee training, please refer to the Area 11/E Referee schedule  to find the training you need at one our our neighboring regions. All regions in Area 11/E are now supporting each other so each weekend there will be a training nearby for you!

**Please bring your certificates/snap shots showing your completion of the Safe Haven, Concussion, Cardiac Care, Safe Sport and Basic Regional Referee Online Training just in case they are not showing up online ** Bring water, pencil, paper, hat, sunscreen (we will be outside at times), 

The Regional Referee Certification allows you to be U10 and below Certified for centering and assisting games in U8 and U10. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ANY U8 Courses (except for your own knowledge). These courses are not used in our region.

Upcoming Referee Events!!!

1. 2024-2025 Returning Referee Meeting-VERY IMPORTANT MEETING!
Date: 9/4/24
Time: 6:00p
Location: Zoom (Please click this Link for Zoom Room)
Topics: We will be reviewing all the 2023-2024 Law Changes and outlining our expectations for the year.

2. AYSO Trainings-Upgrade your Badge, Make a Difference!

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.

Note: If you are an Intermediate Badged Referee or above, you are eligible to cross over to a USSF Badge as well so that you can be compensated for your time and efforts (see "How to Become a USSF/NOCRA Referee Tab).

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

Link to Sign up:

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!

2024-2025 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 for U12 and above (still no punting or drop kicks for U8-U10).  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 deliberate attempt to play it with their head, there is no infraction and play continues (unless determined to be an injury). Assess the player for possible head injury though as play continues. These are new rules for many 'Old Timers', so we need to help them remember them throughout the game. 

Regional Rules of Competition Reminders for U8/U10

For the safety and  appropriate development of the players, there is no heading of the ball, no punting of the ball, and no slide tackling in U8/U10.


2024-2025 is another exciting year for Region 154. As a Region and community, we moved into a new era of AYSO refereeing 7 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 7 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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