Referee Information

NAASA recommends that all the referees officiating NAASA games be trained and certified. NAASA provides the coordination of training opportunities and resource for referees to help them with training and certification recommendations. The main content of the referee training is provided via USSF Referee Courses. NAASA also offers continuing education courses and resources via the AYSO referee program and services. Below you will find information to help you participate in the training opportunities offered and/or coordinated by NAASA. If you have questions, please contact NAASA Player Programs, Zach Stiffel,  800-872-2976 Ext. 7974 (PST).

USSF Grade 8 Referee

This course prepares the referee to officiate games, both youth and adult, and together with the written examination it meets the requirement for certification as a grade 8 referee. Every State in the USA has a USSF State Referee Committee that is responsible for scheduling referee training courses. Contact the State Referee Committee. Or take the online USSF Grade 8 course.

AYSO Basic Referee

This course contains training related to the key components of the FIFA Laws of the Game and its application. This module is an excellent way for referees to review referee concepts. Contact your local AYSO Regional Referee Administrator who can help you set up a referee course and/or connect you with scheduled courses. Or take the online AYSO Basic Referee course, for which you need an AYSO ID number (through

Continued Education for Referees

Referees must continue to improve their skills and experience in order to deliver a performance that supports safe and fair games which provide a fun experience for the players and spectators. NAASA offers various opportunities and resources for the ongoing education of referees.

AYSO/USSF cross certification agreement effective 12/1/09.

FIFA – Laws of the Game