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Important Information


New Sectional Rule for 12U

Heading and Punting the Ball= According to new AYSO rules, there is no heading or punting of a ball for 12U and below. This means that all distributions out of the back from goalkeepers must be a foot pass, throw or roll. If an intentional punt or header is observed, the restart is an Indirect Free Kick (IFK)for the opponent where the offense occurred. Be sure to cover this with both teams during your pre-game talk with each team. Also, be vocal on the field if you see a goalkeeper getting ready to punt the ball or a field player trying to play the ball with their head. Lastly, be aware that heading the ball is different than the ball hitting the head. If a player is hit in the head by a ball and they made no conscious attempt to play it, there is no infraction and play continues. Assess the player for possible head injury though as play continues. These are new rules for many, so we need to help them remember them throughout the game. (The no punting is new this year, the no heading was new last year). 

9U/10U EXTRA Build Out Line-UPDATE (10/9/17)

Please see the Build Out Line tab for the updates in the Build Out Line for EXTRA (bottom of the page).



Referee Tips and Pointers

Referee Tips

Referee Mentor Roles
Key Highlights
2017-2018 Laws of the Game changes (snapshot)
AYSO Referee Match/Game Report

Game Cards

All game cards will be kept and/or returned to the Center Referee upon the conclusion of the game. All cards are then deposited in the AYSO mailbox that is a fixed to the Lexington/Arnold fence next to the lock ups.  Please fill out a game report for all misconduct, including any and all issues and concerns, on the day of the game. Please send the report to the Regional Referee Administrator (RRA). Inter Region Area E games and Section 11 EXTRA Misconduct/Incidents are also reported to the Area E Referee Administrator. Game cards are kept for a period of 4 weeks in case of any discrepancies. Please contact either the RRA or ARRA if you have any questions.

game card instructions.pdf



Official Referee Uniform
Gold/Yellow jersey with black pin striping (Primary Jersey), black collar, black cuffs (long sleeve), or no cuff (short sleeve), Black shorts, Black shoes, Black Knee Socks with three-striped white top or 2 strip middle, Black Hats…optional…cap style with brim, minimum or no advertising. Jersey tucked in…socks pulled up to knees…look sharp! No unnecessary jewelry.



Youth Referees 
You must be two years older than the divisions game you are referring.  (eg: if you are 12 you can ref 10U, 8U and 6U games)  The youth referees are not covered by the Safe Haven Protection Law, thus when refereeing their age or above and it is unacceptable for them to officiate these specific games.

All youths that participate in AYSO 154's Referee Program can earn High School Volunteer credits, Referee Swag, and Thank you gift cards!!!!!!

Please see our "Youth Referee Program" tab for more information!

Discipline Policy

Do not use red or yellow cards for 10U players unless absolutely necessary.Use extreme caution with using cards at the 12U level as well. Teach the rules of the game first. See our Zero Tolerance Policy concerning referee abuse and for Misconduct Dispensations for players and coaches.

*** Region 154 has a ZERO Tolerance stance on Referee abuse by players, parents and coaches. If any such behavior is observed, please notify a Board Member for investigation and possible disciplinary actions***

Important Links:
FIFA Laws of the Game
AYSO National Rules and Regulations
North Orange County Referee Association (NOCRA)
ussf information for new referees.pdf


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AYSO 154 Cypress, CA

PO Box 999 
Cypress, California 90630

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