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Glenview AYSO Region 362

Glenview AYSO Region 362

Referee Training & Certification Overview

Why should become an AYSO Referee?

We need you! AYSO suggests that there be a certified referee present at every game played in the 7U and older divisions.  Your child's team is missing a valuable component for learning and playing soccer if they don't have a referee. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!  And you have “the best seat in the house” being on the field.

You don't need prior experience or knowledge of soccer. Our training program will give you the tools you need to referee a Safe, Fair and Fun game.  AYSO pays for all training, uniforms and equipment.

Referee Certification for 7U & 8U

In order to become a referee for 7U or 8U games, you must attend (and pass) the 8U Official Course or Basic Referee course.  The 8U Official Course in an approximate 3.5 hour long in-person training session. You will also need to take the on-line Safe Haven and CDC Concussion courses at

NOTE: The 8U Official Course is rarely offered in the Chicagoland area. Most regions only offer the Basic (Regional) Referee Course (see below).

Referee Training for 9U, 10U & 12U

For 9U or higher levels, you will need to start with the Basic Referee Course (also referred to as Regional Referee Course).  The course covers the FIFA laws of soccer and is designed to provide you with the information and tools so that you can start refereeing with confidence.  Your options include:

Attend an approximate 6.5 hour in-person Basic Referee Course, which includes both classroom and practical, on-the-field training.

Complete a portion of the training online by taking the Basic (Regional) Referee Course, and then attend an in-person 2.5 hour Basic (Regional) Referee Companion course.  

If you've already completed the 8U Official Course, you can take the transitional 8U to Basic Referee Course.

If you haven’t taken them yet, you will also need to take the on-line Safe Haven and CDC Concussion courses at

How do I Start?

1. Submit your volunteer application at .

2: Register for the referee training class(es) you plan to attend on

Search for courses at – both in-person (live) and on-line courses are avaialable.  Our website will display a list of upcoming courses being taught, mostly, in Chicago and the northern suburbs.  We attempt to maintain an updated list, along with additional training details, on our Training for Volunteers page.  For on-line courses, Glenview AYSO provides vouchers so you don’t have to pay for the course yourself.

7U & 8U: You need to take the U8 Official Course or the Basic Referee Course (also referred to as Regional Referee Course).

9U - 12U:  Register for the Basic Referee Course or Regional Referee Course (either all in-person, or partial on-line with in-person companion course).  

12U and above:  After you've taken the Basic Referee Course and have some experience doing games, you are encouraged to take the Intermediate Referee Course.  And later, to take the Advanced Referee Course.

3. Attend training sessions you have signed up for.

4. Complete the on-line Safe Haven and CDC Concussion classes (


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