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Resources for Everyone

Please see the following resources for the current IFAB Laws, AYSO publications, and local aids:

The Laws of the Game

Resources for Referees

Referee Guides

Additional Resources


  • Misconduct Report - Please fill out a misconduct report if you are the Center Referee for a game that has any misconducts (cautions and send-offs), coach or spectator ejections, serious injuries (e.g. suspected concussion or injury that you think might result in a hospital visit), or other incidents involving players, coaches, spectators, or referees. Please submit within 24 hours of the game. E-mail the completed form to the Referee Administrator.


Training and continuing education are cornerstones of the AYSO program, and Ada/Cascade AYSO offers plenty of referee training and education opportunities for all referees, beginning to advanced. We provide Safe Haven, 6U-8U Parent Referee, Regional Referee, and Intermediate Referee courses; plus seasonal topical refereeing updates. For referee training or upgrade opportunities, please contact the Referee Administrator for course requirements and upcoming classes.

There are the six certification levels for AYSO referees. Here is a brief description of each level and it's requirements:

  • 8U Official - Trained in the fundamental skills needed to officiate short-sided games for our youngest players. Complete the online 8U Official Course and pass the 8U Official Exam. *This is 100% online and a great resource for new youth coaches!*
  • Assistant Referee - Trained in the basic skills needed to be an AYSO Assistant Referee. Complete the Assistant Referee Course and pass the Assistant Referee Exam.
  • Regional Referee - Trained in the basic skills needed to referee AYSO matches. Complete the Basic Referee Course and pass the Regional Referee Exam. *This is the level where most referees participate*
  • Intermediate Referee - Trained in skills needed beyond the basic level to referee matches that are more competitive, challenging, and physically demanding. Complete 25 games as referee with at least five in 12U games, complete the Intermediate Referee Course, pass the Intermediate Referee Exam and be observed during a 12U game.
  • Advanced Referee - Trained in advanced skills needed to referee most upper-level AYSO matches. Complete 50 games as referee with at least ten in 14U games, complete the Advanced Referee Course, pass the Advanced Referee Exam, be observed during two 14U games, and complete a physical fitness test.
  • National Referee - Trained in the professional aspects of refereeing for the most challenging upper-level matches. Complete 100 games as referee with at least 30 in 16/19U games, complete the National Referee Course, pass the National Referee Exam, be observed during three 16U games, and complete a physical fitness test.
Cross-certification with USSF is available to AYSO Referees at the Intermediate level and higher: Michigan State Referee Program

If you're just getting started with us, you can find more information on becoming a new referee here!  

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Ada/Cascade AYSO - Region 571

P.O. Box 32 
Ada, Michigan 49301

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