For information about heading the ball, please go to Heading the Ball
Referee Training Spring 2017
We are offering two consecutive referee classes on Saturday April 1st. These classes are for Core soccer games; if you want to referee in Travel, please contact Clive at Clive.Priddle@hbgusa.com.
Whether you take one or both depends on the age of your children. But in order to be sure that your child is placed on a team this season, referee volunteers must have attended at least one class, including the pre-class online training. Referee certification is good for life so there is no need to take the class again once you have attained the level necessary for the games you plan to referee.
If you are going to referee games at the U-6, U-7 or U-8 levels, then you should take the U-8 Official class (eAYSO roster number 201700731) from 9am to 12 noon. If you are going to referee games in U-9 or above, then you should take the Basic Referee Class (eAYSO roster number 201700732) from 1pm to 5pm.
If you selected "Referee" as your volunteer position when you registered your children for this season but you can no longer be a referee, please discuss other volunteer options with your division head so that your child can still be placed on a team. Being a referee in WSSL is a very rewarding and flexible way to volunteer, and we look forward to seeing you at these upcoming classes.
The first step for any volunteer position working with children in WSSL is to complete your annual AYSO registration at eAYSO.org. If you have not done that already please do so immediately. It can take several days for your application to be processed and you will not be able to volunteer without it.
If you have any questions, please email the Director of Referee Instruction, Michael Titowsky. Thanks again for being part of our league.On-field referee clinic - Sunday April 2nd at 9am
There will be an on-field referee training clinic on Sunday April 2nd, 2016 from 9am to 12 noon at the 101st Street soccer field in Riverside Park.
This is a great way to practice your referee skills in simulated gameplay and scenarios, and to gain some practical hints and tips from experienced WSSL referees.
The clinic is optional and is not needed for certification, but is highly recommended especially for new referees who have not yet taken a game. Please wear your referee kit and bring a ball.
Roughly, the timetable will be:
9:00-9:30am Introductions and warm up drills; supply any missing kit (please email in advance)
9:30-10:00am Referee basics - how to look and sound like a referee
10:30-10:20am Movement drills, how the referee should move around the field
10:20-11:00am Restart clinics
U8 referees can leave at this point or stay if they wish
11:00-11:50am Offside clinic; Assistant Referee positioning and mechanics; use of flags
11:50-12:00am Final questions and wrap up.
Young people aged 10 years and over, including Core and Travel soccer players and their siblings, and are very welcome to attend referee classes, and can gain community service credit for their time in class and refereeing on the field. The Teen Referee program welcomes new members and will make sure that you have fun as well as serving the league!
Volunteer registration for young people is a little different from that for parent volunteers. Go here for Teen Referee instructions.
Go here for instructions on how to sign up for training classes.
More information about training can be found here.
Note from the Referee Administrator
Welcome to the West Side Soccer League Referee Program.
We hope that you enjoyed your time on the pitch this season and we thank you for your dedication.
Whether you are refereeing in U6 or U19, as center referee or running the lines,
you are performing a vital role for the league and for the children, allowing them
to develop and play soccer in a manner that is Safe, Fair and Fun.
Remember that you are also allowed to have fun as a referee.
We try to create a friendly and supportive environment to allow you to learn and thrive in this capacity.
We have several resources that are meant to support you as you participate as a referee in our League's games. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your division's chief referee.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). You can find them here.
There are three members of the AYSO "Team" - Coaches, Referees and Parents. We have assembled some guidelines on how Coaches and Referees can cooperate to improve the experience for our players. You can see them here. Parents who aren't Coaches or Referees may find it interesting as well.
See you on the pitch!Best regards,
WSSL Regional Referee Administrator