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Welcome to AYSO Region 54

Why Should You Become an AYSO Referee?

Why should you become an AYSO Referee?

The kids need you!   No Referee = No Game

The referee's number #1 concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players.  The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game SAFE, FAIR and FUN for everyone.

We provide free training, uniform and flags.  You choose the matches you wish to officiate.  More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

Interested in becoming a referee?  


2021-22 AYSO Referee Guideline - Click to view PDF

Build-Out Line

Build-Out Line Explanation - 
Click HERE

Build-Out Line Video -  
Click HERE

Refereeing the Games

U6 division:
  coaches can referee their own game. Referee pts are not needed.

U8 division:  games should be refereed by certified referees who at minimum took the online Regional Referee Course at AYSO U.  First half refereed by the first team, and second half refereed by the other team.

U10, U12 and U14 divisions:  volunteers who attended the full-day referee training and passed the course are certified to referee U10, U12, and U14 games (AR only).  They can sign up on Matchtrak as CR (Center Referee) or AR (Assistant Referee). 

Referee Zero Tolerance Policy

There will be ZERO-tolerance on negative criticism or verbal abuse of youth referees. 

Board members will be monitoring the games and will instruct offending parties to leave the field.  Please remind this to everyone.

Please make it enjoyable for referees to ref. especially the YOUTH REFEREES.   

Heading Rule Change and Limitation

Heading Rule Change and Limitations!

by Bruce Conze (Area 11E Coach Administrator)

Effective immediately, due to a recent class action lawsuit USSF and AYSO (as a member) has changed the restrictions on heading/headers for youth players as follows:

  1. Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for ALL division players U11 (including U12 divisions without a single age division) and below in both PRACTICES and GAMES.
    1. An indirect free kick is to be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head.
    2. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
    3. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing teams goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
    4. Neither Cautions nor Send Offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.
  2. Heading for players in the U14 age division is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player.  There is no restriction on heading in matches in the U14 division.

How to Become a Referee

How to become a volunteer referee?

1. Login to and click MY ACCOUNT.

2. Click VOLUNTEER > Click FIND VOLUNTEER ROLES > Select REFEREE >  Complete a volunteer referee application.

3.  Complete a Regional Referee course (online training module + in-person field training or full in-person training).

4. Complete the required volunteer safety courses:
Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest
(online training available through AYSO University - 


5. Complete the Sterling background check (online) and LiveScan fingerprinting (in-person). 

Matchtrak (Game Schedule) Login

How to sign up for games?

1. Go to

2. Login: Your first name (SPACE) last name and password.

If you are logging into Matchtrak (referee game scheduler) for the first time your default password is “ayso“.  Once you login successfully the system will prompt you to change your password.

3. Search for Region 54 Games.

4. Select the preferred game by clicking on the icon under Reserve.

5. Select the position (Center, AR1 or AR2) and click 'Save & Close' button. 

6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 if you would like to sign up for additional games.

If you are certified referee and but do not have access to the Matchtrak system, please contact Ref Admin, Ramon Valadez  [email protected]

Matchtrak Training Video

Referee Match Report Video

Referee Points

Mathematically, each team is responsible for providing a team of refs (CR, two AR) for half of their season or 5 games. 

Referee Points:
     a) Maximum 20 referee points (10 pt max first 5 games; 10 pt max next 4 games)
     b) One point for CR, and one point for AR.  
     c) At least 5 points must come from CR.  
     d) You can count two AR points as one CR points to satisfy (c)
     e) Minimum requirement for the Area playoffs - 10 points


Referee Admin:  Ramon Valadez   [email protected]

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P.O. Box 4509 
Cerritos, California 90703

Email Us: [email protected]
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