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AYSO Region 163
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Lake Forest, IL 60045

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Some Notes on Volunteering to Referee

  • Referees are scheduled based on their availability.
  • Attending the Referee Training does not obligate you to referee a certain number of games, or even to referee every weekend.
  • U8 Officials will generally referee their own player’s games (hey, you’re going to be there anyway, right?).
  • Assistant Referees, if they are available and needed, will run the lines for their own player’s games (once again…you’re going to be there anyway, right?).
  • Assistant Referees are also welcome to assist with other games.
  • Regional Referees may assist with their own player’s games, if needed, and may also volunteer to assist or center referee other games as needed and/or desired.
Becoming a Referee Process

Step #1 - fill out a volunteer form online at All volunteers must fill out or update a volunteer form every year. You cannot be accepted as a volunteer or take a class without an up-to-date volunteer form. If you are a new volunteer, please print out a copy of your form and send it to Debbie Gallagher at 150 Boardman Court, Lake Bluff, IL 60044. Returning volunteers only need to esign the form after updating.

Step #2 - using the AYSO ID# from your volunteer form, sign up for the appropriate Safe Haven course online Click on Online Training on the top bar. Safe Haven course need only be taken once.

Step #3 - Sign up for a referee course.  Please make sure you sign the roster when you take the course. You can sign up for the course online at Click on enroll to take a course, lower right.

Step #4 - Take concussion training online at Click on Online Training on the top bar. Then certification and training on the left hand side. Login using your AYSO ID#. Concussion Training is on the bottom left. Please send a copy of your certificate (with your name printed on it) to Debbie Gallagher, 150 Boardman Court, Lake Bluff, IL 60044. CONCUSSION TRAINING IS MANDATORY.