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Costa Mesa Soccer (AYSO Region 120)

Youth Referee Program

AYSO 120 Youth Referee Program

…an innovative opportunity for community service in Costa Mesa.

The Program

The Youth Referee program in Region 120 is being launched to answer the growing demand for referees in the U10 and  U12 Divisions and to provide a leadership opportunity for young people in our community.

Here's how it works: Girls and boys ages 11-18 take the required referee training courses which certify them to officiate U10 and AR the U12 games.

These youth referees meet the same certification requirements as adults do for these divisions.  A mentor accompanies youth referees to the first few games as the Referee - the person in charge of the game.  There is an opportunity for additional training to cover games at the U12 Divisions or as an assistant referee at these levels.  AYSO rules require a youth referee must be at least two years older than the division they are working as a referee.

The program has multiple benefits:

 -- It inspires younger players, giving them role models to look up to.
 -- Young people participating in the youth referee program get a chance to do community service and a unique opportunity for intellectual and emotional growth and to develop character and responsibility.

The Responsibility of All Involved

Although we expect the best behavior from everyone toward all referees, it is simply forbidden to criticize a youth referee, even if you are a referee.  There is ZERO TOLERANCE FOR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO OR ABOUT YOUTH REFEREES at any time before, during, or after games.  Anyone who does so will be asked to leave the field.  If you have an issue, please contact the referee administrator at rra@ayso120.org to discuss it.

These youth referees are well-trained, and many are also experienced players; however they are still youngsters without the life experience to handle negative remarks. Please give each your full support and help model good behavior for others to follow.


Thank you for your cooperation in this exciting program. Have a great season!

For more information, or any questions or comments you have, please
If you have questions, please contact our Regional Referee Administrator, rra@ayso120.org 


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AYSO R120 Costa Mesa

AYSO 120, PO Box 12065
Costa Mesa, California 92627

Email Us: commissioner@ayso120.org
Phone : 949-229-5159
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