2022 Referee LiveScan Requirement


As of January 1 of this year, all administrators, employees and regular volunteers in California MUST have a one-time background check as approved by the California Department of Justice to exclude individuals with a history of child abuse. This form of background check requires live scan fingerprinting.

To clarify, a REGULAR VOLUNTEER is a person who has direct contact with children 16 hours a month or 32 hours per year, which applies to most coaches, referees, team parents, and board members who spend 2 or more hours on the field weekly.

If you have any questions, please email




The 2017 SafeSport Act has expanded Mandated Reporters to include adults authorized to interact with children. Due to this expansion, that includes AYSO and it requires training on child abuse and mandated reporting.

Effective, January 1, 2022, U.S. Soccer will no longer allow equivalent training* and has mandated SafeSport training.

What does this mean for AYSO? 
AYSO will comply with the federal SafeSport training requirement and we will integrate with the U.S. Soccer Education and Learning Center as well as their Player Health and Safety Courses.

The training is the full course in the first year, which is 90 minutes, and repeated every three years, followed by annual updates in the in-between years, which are 30 minutes.

How will it work?

You will be able to access the SafeSport training by following these instructions:

  1. Login to your Sports Connect account where you registered as a volunteer.
  2. Click on the volunteer tab on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Click on SafeSport box
  4. Click on Renew and Update
  5. A screen will pop up where you will click on the “click HERE” link or copy and paste the URL into your browser to begin training

Note: Youth Volunteers (anyone under the age of majority in your state) are not required to take this training.

The default integration uses the U.S. Center for Safesport, as seen above. Once you take the course, the USSF results will update the AYSO Association Platform and be sent to Safesport for their records.

If you have already taken it, those historic statuses will be brought over on January 1, 2022 and will reflect this information as a separate line item on the compliance.

*Please Note:

  • AYSO Volunteers will still need to take AYSO’s Safe Haven course as well.
  • SafeSport is now a required certificate in the Association platform. In order to activate teams and print out official rosters your team admins will need to complete SafeSport.

For a PDF download of the above, instructions on how to check for compliance and an updated FAQ, please visit:

If you have any questions on the process, please email

Referee Scheduler

We are sharing fields with Valencia AYSO, and all 10U and 12U games are at Placerita Jr. High in Newhall. Please contact the ref administrator, Jonathan, to get registered with the referee scheduler.

For information on updates and changes to the Laws of the Game for 2021, please review this document:

2021 Changes to the Laws of the Game

Referee LiveScan Requirement 2022

We need more referees!  Adults and youth players 12+ (but especially adults and older teenagers).

If you have any questions about getting registered and doing the training, please contact the Referee Administrator, Jonathan, at


In order to become a referee, you need to do four things:

  1. Take the online "Safe Haven" and "Concussion Awareness" courses.
  2. Take the online regional referee training.
  3. Sign up for (and attend) the in-person referee training.
  4. Register as a Volunteer.


1a. Complete the online AYSO Safe Haven Course at AYSO U. Safe Haven course is the same for all AYSO volunteer positions.

1b. Complete the online CDC Concussion Course at AYSO U. The concussion course is the same for all AYSO volunteer positions.

1c. Complete the "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Online Course" at AYSO U.

2. Take the online Regional Referee Training Course.  Here's how to find it:

a. Go to AYSO U.

b. Select "Online Courses" from the menu.

c. Select "Refereeing Courses" (the "Open" link on the right).

d. Select "Regional Referee Training"

This course will take a few hours, but you can stop and start it to take the modules when it fits your schedule.

3. Register for the in-person class on Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30pm.

a. Go to AYSO U.

b. Select "In Person Courses" from the top menu.

c. Select "Referee Instructor Led Courses" (the "Open" link at the right).

d. Select "Regional Referee Online Companion Course" (the "Sessions" link at the right).

e. Look for the Castaic course on October 13 (use CTRL+F if needed to search for "Castaic" if you can't find it easily).

f. Select "Register."

g. Finish the online portion before you come to the course on Wednesday, 10/6.

4. Register as an adult Volunteer or Youth Volunteer.

a. Instructions for registering as a youth volunteer (for volunteers <18yo).

b. Instructions for an Adult Volunteer:

  • Login to Castaic AYSO Blue Sombrero/ Sports Connect and go to your account.
  •  Click on the volunteer button on the left (it's a silhouette of a person).
  •  Click on “Find Volunteer Roles” in the top right.
  • Select "View Divisions".
  • Select the division your child plays in. If you don't have a child in the program, select 12u-Boys.
  • Select "View Selected Opportunities."
  • Select the Card that says referee.  Click Select so that the card flips over.
  • Select to sign up a registered user and in the pop-up click on the user that you want to sign up for this position.  The card will flip over as selected.
  • Click on continue or pick show all available opportunities to sign up additional volunteers.
  •  Enter in your information, accept the various waivers and consent forms at the bottom and hit continue.
  • At the volunteer page checkmark the box for Risk Status and then click on Renew & Update
  • A window will pop up asking you to verify your information.  Verify and then click submit.
  • Another pop up will appear asking you to submit again. Click submit.
  • Another popup will apper letting you know that you will receive an email to complete the background check process
  • Open your email, you will have received an email from the American Youth Soccer Organization with a link specific to your registration.
  • Complete fields to verify your information (email, date of birth, zip code)
  •  You will create an account entering a user name and password
  •  You will then complete the 4 Step process completing your background check. You will be asked if you will be paying for your background check, select NO, our region will cover this fee.
  • Once you have received the Screen that says Congrats, you’re on your way to becoming a volunteer.
  • Your AYSO account will start by showing your registration as Pending and once clear it will change to Eligible

Thank you for volunteering!

Referees Needed

Refereeing in AYSO is a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience. Here is an opportunity for you to join the kids on the pitch as they learn to love the “Beautiful Game”. You’ll have a great time and get some exercise too! We need AYSO refereeing is available for youth and adult volunteers. Kids as young as 11 years old are permitted to officiate matches in the 8U division. As the kids enter high school, they have opportunities to manage more challenging matches and even earn community service credits as AYSO referees. Refereeing in AYSO is a terrific way to help kids learn responsibility, build self-confidence, and possibly even begin to build a career. Just as there are professional soccer players who started out as kids in AYSO, there are also professional soccer referees who started out as kids in AYSO.