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What do you enjoy about refereeing?


“I enjoy the challenges a game can bring. No matter how many games you referee  no situation is exactly the same and it makes every game refreshing. Even if two teams are playing again, the match could be totally different from the first time.” 

National Referee, Jon (Age 30)


“I enjoy the fact that I am giving back to AYSO and the community. Seeing the smiles on all the kids faces when the referees walk on to the field is awesome as well. Lastly, the camaraderie I share with my fellow referees is special and the friendships I have made will endure.”

Advanced Referee, Louie (Age 45)


“It’s always a new experience. The players, coaches, and parents give a new challenge every match. It’s never the same. Some are more challenging than the next but always a new learning experience. Then, helping provide an opportunity for these kids to have a match to compete in is hands down #1.”

Advanced C Referee, Aaron (Age 38)


“I am also a coach and see my boys out there working as a team. I enjoy being out on the field with my referee team and feeling like I’m a part of team myself.”

National C Referee, Brandon (Age 38)


“Refereeing has made my love for soccer stronger than ever. Although I don't play anymore, officiating has given me a completely new perspective to the game. I see the many different ways players interact with each other, and how they interact with the referees. The sound of my whistle, the smiles on the players' faces in competitive matches, the knowledge I gain, and the bonds that are created with my fellow referees are the reasons I enjoy refereeing.”

Advanced Referee, Gabriel (Age 18)


“To hear the competitive sounds from the players and being close to the actual play is a rush for me. When the match takes on it's own uniqueness, there are really three components. Attackers, Defenders and Referees. While that lasts, it's a blast!”

Intermediate C Referee, Eric


“I had 3 boys and they all played 3 sports since they were 8 years old until High School. Two played in college and one had a sport scholarship in football. I enjoyed getting involved with them thru volunteering as a board member, coaching and umpiring and refereeing. I saw the important of volunteers in sports with my boys. I have four grandchildren that played and playing in soccer and I felt I am helping them by refereeing soccer. It is satisfying and keeping me in shape. It also keeps me involve my Grandchildren.”

Intermediate, Roland (Age 66)

In your opinion, what can make refereeing difficult?


“Things can be difficult when players, coaches or spectators don't understand the laws of the game. A call or non-call is made and everyone gets frustrated. I think that frustration would be reduced if they understood what we as referees go through. I believe a majority of referees try their best, we don't wake-up thinking we're going to make bad calls, but referees do make mistakes.”

National Referee, Jon (Age 30)


“Negative behavior by Coaches and parents can make a referees job difficult, especially for new referees. This may lead new referees to quit and never want to officiate again. However, continued referee training and on-field experience will help you overcome many of the difficult experiences you may encounter.” 

Advanced Referee, Louie (Age 45)


“It can be intimidating at first. Coaches and parents from both sides will be barking from time to time. But with experience, you learn to manage it.”

Advanced C Referee, Aaron (Age 38)


“I think the upper division are a little more difficult to manage. That being said,  to learn anything in life you need to be able to challenge yourself.” 

National C Referee, Brandon (Age 38)


“Challenges I have faced during a match is how to communicate to any single player quickly and effectively about a situation. There are 22 players on the field at any given time, which means I need to adjust myself to communicate to 22 different personalities.”

Advanced Referee, Gabriel (Age 18)


“For one, not being clear in understanding The Laws. Two, parents or coaches not knowing The Laws and insisting they are correct with their interpretation.”

Intermediate C Referee, Eric 


“Coaches that complains loudly any calls made against them no matter if it's correct or not. It makes parents get involved in complaining.”

Intermediate, Roland (Age 66)





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