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AYSO uses the same philosophies as we do with the recreation players around positive coaching and development.  Our referees are in development and leaning the game just as the players.  To incentivize participation,  AYSO Region 1612 pays referees.  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 Referees will 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.


Vlad Rabinovich
Regional Referee Administrator
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Referee Mailing List

How To Become a Referee

Referee Sign-up Steps

Step 1  –  Volunteer Application

Step 2  –  Referee Pre-requisite Courses

  • AYSO's Safe Haven (~ 30 mins)
  • CDC: Concussion Awareness (~ 1 hour - required for referees 12 years old and older)

Step 3  –  Regional Referee Training

  • Part 1: Take the Regional Referee Training Online Course (and pass the online exam). Notify the Regional Referee Administrator of the course completion.


  • Part 2: Attend an in-person Regional Referee Online Companion Course. Once the course is announced you can sign-up at

Step 4  –  Signup for Game Assignments

Sign-up for the Please use the following link to join AYSO Region 1612 assignment site:
To join AYSO Region 1612, you should use authorization code TAG14OE4 when prompted.

Then, under 'Personal > My Availability' menu option set your availability for each game day.

AYSO Atlanta Region Rules

Please, be flexible and remember that our job is to keep the game Safe, Fair and Fun.

Work with our coaches if certain exceptions need to be made: 

  • In extreme heat, if both coaches agree the referee can shorten the halves by up to 5 minutes each. 
  • In the event one or both teams are short players and both coaches agree, sides can be smaller.

Here is a brief summary of some key points:

  • There will not be official Quarters.  A substitution break will be announced by the ref when the ball is out of play closest to halfway through the 1st Half, and halfway through the 2nd Half.  The clock will continue to run during these breaks.  This means coaches will need to have their subs ready, have a quick water grab by the players remaining on the field, and then get the game re-started.  This is not intended to be a coaching break—2 minutes, max.  To recap, substitutions only at:  halfway through the 1st Half, Halftime, halfway through the 2nd Half.
  • Injured players that need to come off the field can be substituted for immediately but won’t be able to return until the next substitution break / half. 
  • No intentional headers in any Division. 
    • Infraction results in: Indirect Free Kick to the opposing team.
  • Build-out lines will be enforced for 10U & older.
  • GK punts are OK in Upper Division Girls & Upper Division Boys only.
  • For divisions with GKs (10U & older), penalty kicks will be enforced for direct free kick fouls inside the penalty area.
  • For 10U & older, offside Law will be enforced. Video: applying the build-out line in 10U matches

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Atlanta, Georgia 30315

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Phone : 803-868-2570
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