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PHMSA Referee Training

All games in the PHMSA program are refereed using volunteers. All teams MUST have at least one referee, and at 10U and above, ideally two referees. Referees must be certified to referee the level of matches that they officiate. Note that there is no requirement to referee the level at which your child plays. The more we can get new referees to officiate the younger matches, the more games involving older players will have a full crew of experienced referees. 

Registration for all courses is through AYSOU. The new platform will be accessed through the volunteer tab on your SportsConnect account. Please visit for more information on how to access AYSOU. 

All referees must have completed Safe Haven, SafeSport, CDC Concussion training, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest trainings and be registered volunteers for the current year. Those who volunteer more than 32 hours in a given year must also be fingerprinted in accordance with AB 506. Fingerprinting events will be held throughout the year. 

6U and below

There is no specific referee certification at this age group. The home team is responsible for providing someone to manage the game, and coaches are allowed to carry out this task.  

8U referees

Training to officiate 8U matches is all online through AYSOU and soon to be moved to ETrainU. As with 6U, the home team is responsible for providing the referee. Volunteers who complete their training will be given a referee shirt and a whistle. 

10U (Regional) referees

There are two ways to become trained to officiate 10U matches. Signups for both are through AYSOU. The first is a fully in-person course, which is recommended for those without prior soccer experience. The next is a hybrid course, where most of the instruction is online, but participants attend an in-person field session. This option is recommended for those with prior soccer experience, either as a coach or a player. Upon completion of the course, new referees are provided with a full referee uniform, including whistle, flags and match reporting wallet. 

Each team is expected to provide one Assistant Referee (AR) for games while the center referee should be unaffiliated with either team. Signing up for games occurs through 

Certified USSF referees may become cross certified at the AYSO Regional level after completing Safe Haven & Sudden Cardiac Arrest trainings and registering as a volunteer. Contact [email protected] for more information. 

12U & 14U referees

Referees wanting to officiate at higher levels must first become certified as Regional referees. Once they've become more experienced they can take the Intermediate (12U) and Advanced (14U) courses to be able to officiate matches at higher levels. All three referees at this age should be unaffiliated with either team. Signing up for games occurs through 


Referee classes - Fall 2022

PHMSA will host a Regional Referee Online Companion Course field session on Sunday, August 28 from 1-4:30 at Strandwood Elementary School. Registration is through AYSOU. Information on how to access AYSOU and sign up for the course visit Note that you must be a registered volunteer for the current year to register for the course. 

If you cannot attend the course on the 27th MDSA (Concord/Clayton) will host the following field sessions:

  • Saturday, August 13 from 9-12:30 at Mountain View Elementary School
  • Tuesday, August 23 from 5-8:30 pm at Mountain View Elementary School

    Registration for all sessions is through AYSOU. 

    If you have any questions about the course please contact Nancy Gerber at [email protected].  

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