Post Expo Summary

If you missed this year’s expo, you missed a ton of information passed down to referees, coached, and management sides of AYSO.  I will try to recap for those who couldn’t make it, and tell you to really try to get to next year’s.


During the Law Changes [including USSF Modifications] we found out that AYSO will:


  1. Change 6U to 4 v 4, and is changing field and goal sizes.  No referees are recommended. Also found out Sunday [today] no throw-ins, they will kick in.
  2. Change 8U to 4 v 4, changing field and goal sizes. No referees are recommended, but yes, you can use youth referees at this division. Also NO throw-ins, but kick-ins.
  3. Change 10U to no punting by the keeper.  Build out lines [if you don’t know what they are, contact me] will be used as soon as all the coaches, referees and management are trained on them. [Basically the other team has to back away when the keeper makes a save or a goal kick, but again, much more to it than that]
  4. Regions are voting on if to use calendar date, or the school date for player registration.  See your board on this, but it will impact inter-regional play and Extra play.


Upcoming training that I know about:


  • March 4th                                                             Area E                                   Cedar Rapids
  • Basic and Intermediate Classes
  • March 11th and 12th                                         Area D                                   Skokie
  • Online companion course [1 Saturday, 1 Sunday], Intermediate, Advanced, and Advanced Instructor
  • Sunday February 19 from 1-5 PM              Region 1206                        Chicago Northside
  • Sunday March 19 from 1-5 PM
  • Online Companion Courses
  • March 18/19                                                       Region 418                          Lakefront
  • March 25/26
  • April 1/2
  • Online Companion Course
  • March 11th,                                                         Area C                                   Palos Heights
  • Online Companion Course



Section Referee Numbers:


  • Badge                   2016                       2015                       2014                                       Trend
  • National               19                           18                           22                                           +1
  • National 2            3                              2                              2                                              +1
  • Advanced            46                           53                           57                                           -7
  • Intermediate     85                           87                           103                                         -2
  • Regional               590                         645                         709                                         -55
  • Total                      746                         805                         893                                         -59          -7%

We need to recruit and retain referees.  The referees we have should work on working their way up, as the better trained they are, the better off the kids are.  If you need a class, contact your area Referee Administrator, or Section Staff.


Sportsmanship Award:


  • Anyone can submit a good sportsmanship candidate.
  • Email me at:
  • If I agree, I will send a patch to give to the player. [Several Regions went ahead and bought their own patches]
  • In November, all winner will be considered for the Section Sportsperson of the Year, and a trophy will be given at the Section Expo
  • Remember, this is for above and beyond acts of Good Sportsmanship.  However, we do want to encourage it as much as possible.
  • Side Note: I have not said No to a Good Sportsmanship patch yet.

Also note, this year’s award winner was Kenna Kurth.  This young lady set the perfect example of excellent sportsmanship and now her entire team is emulating her.  I was proud to award this year’s trophy to her. [From Cedar Rapids, Iowa]


National Referee Course


August 11th, 12th, and 13th are the dates, and it will be held in the Chicagoland Area. If you have an advanced referee who is interested in becoming National Level, please contact Tom Severin.

Age: Minimum of 18.
No. of Games: 100 as a referee with at least 30 in U-16 and U-19 matches of which at least 15 must be in U-19, if available, and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in U-19, if available. The Section Referee Administrator may authorize substitution of U-16 for U-19, if U-19 matches are not available.
Training: Complete National Referee Course. A pre-requisite game count of at least 80 matches as referee prior to attending the National Referee Course is required.
Testing: 90% or better on the National Referee Exam.
Assessment: Two assessments as referee in U-16 or U-19 with at least one in U-19, if available, and one as assistant referee in a U-19 match, if available. The Section Referee Administrator may authorize substitution of U-16 for U-19, if U-19 matches are not available.
Fitness Test: Complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test for this level.



Section Staff Contacts:

Section Referee Administrator:                                                                  Tim Orosz                  

Section Director of Referee Instruction                                                  Tom Severin             

Section Director of Referee Assessment                                                Rich Goldberg         


If you need an observation or assessment, please let Rich Goldberg know and he will get things setup with you.


Last, if you attended this year’s Expo, THANK YOU.  I heard nothing but excellent comments about the referee presentations, and I hope you learned a lot both in the classrooms and after hours talking with your peers.

Hope to see you next year!

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Pre-Expo News

I have just updated the soccer referee list for the Regional Referee Administrators to keep you informed on what is happening. If you are on the list and should not be, then you need to e-mail me AND your director to change eayso. Some of you are not referees, but RCs or Asst. RCs. You have been selected due to the fact your region may not have appointed a referee administrator, or you may be the only contact in eayso. The information I will send out is to keep your referees informed on training, changes to the laws of the game, or other information needed for them to be the best referee they can be. This list will not be used by me for anything else. This is to also let you know that you aren’t out there alone, there are Area Staffs, and Section Staffs to help you with what you need. Feel free to contact us and we will try to help you out.

That out of the way, let’s get down to business.

1. Section Expo is coming up, feel free to see myself, Tom Severin, who is your Section Director of Referee Instruction, or Rich Goldberg, the Section Director of Referee assessment. You may have to wait till we are done teaching a course, but we will get back to you. Look forward to seeing you are the Expo. [See for information]
2. We are coming off the most changes to the Laws of the Game in quite a while. IFAB is once again meeting in March, and items to be discussed are:
Law 3 – The Players: 4th substitute in extra time a. Update on experiments from several competition.
Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment a. Electronic Performance & Tracking Systems (EPTS)
Electronic communication with players and the technical area: proposed changes to the Laws of the Game Consultation with national football associations and stakeholders
Logos on players’ equipment
b. Law 5 – The Referee: Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins)
a. Update from UEFA experiments
b. Proposed changes to the Laws of the Game
c. Law 12 – Fouls and misconduct: Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (DOGSO)
d. Laws of the Game 2017/18
a. Extension of modifications by national football associations
b. Law changes
c. Changes to text for clarification and/or easier translation
e. Strategy 2017 – 2022
a. Overall strategy for the development of the Laws of the Game
b. Criteria and timelines for evaluating proposed changes
c. Potential Law changes and tests
d. The role of the captain
f. Video Assistant Referees Experiment (VARs)
a. Update on protocol, testing and participants
b. Testing and decision timelines
c. Research institute
I will forward more information as I get it, but expect some clarifications, and Law adjustments coming up after July 1st, [yes, we are back to the old date change]
3. Some regions are still using referees who have just taken the online portion of the referee course. THS IS NOT ALLOWED. The companion portion and test MUST be completed before being certified as a referee. NO exceptions.
4. I use to post all the information that I send to the RRAs. Have your referees check it occasionally to see what is new with AYSO Refereeing.
5. Don’t forget to remind your referees that anyone can nominate outstanding sportsmanship to me. If I agree, they player/coach/referee will be awarded a patch to wear, and winners are reviewed and one selected in November to get the Sportsperson of the Year Award at the Section Expo [and Section picks up the room]

That’s all for now until after expo. I will send to all the information that will be passed at Expo on the status of Section 6.

See you at Expo!

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Winter Update


Classes have been picked, instructors from Section 6 and 8 assigned, and Thomas Bobadilla will be covering the update and changes to the laws of the game at Section Expo. So if you haven’t signed up, do so fast for this year’s Section Expo being held at the Chicago O’hare. The information is:

Feb. 17-19, 2017
Chicago Marriott O’Hare
8535 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

If your region can afford it, send as many referees as you can.

Also coming up shortly, Iowa will be having an advanced referee class, the information is below:

AYSO Advanced Referee Course
Reminder: The Advanced Referee Course is scheduled for Saturday January 14 at the Marion Public Library.

Training will run from 9:30am-5pm
(Note: the library opens at 9am, closes at 5pm – we will likely relocate for the exam)
The exam is optional on Saturday – you should be able to write out law 12

This training is open for everyone that has successfully completed the Intermediate Referee course. (The intermediate Referee course is offered twice yearly – before the start of the fall and spring seasons)

Advanced Referee Certification process:
• complete this class and pass the exam
• Be at least 16 years old (to receive the badge, you can be younger to attend the training)
• complete the fitness test
• pass 1 assessment as referee on a U14 game, and 1 assessment as Assistant Referee on a U14 game
• complete required game counts
email if you have any questions about the class

Look forward to seeing you at Section Expo! Don’t forget the Sportsperson of the year award will be awarded during Lunch Saturday!

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End of Season Tournament Area H


Attached is an email I got from Area H, about an end of season tournament starting next Saturday if you are interested in refereeing there. Attached is the schedule, and email from the Area Director.

In other news, please pass this on to ALL of your referees. Remember referees, anyone can forward me an email when you see outstanding good sportsmanship. If I agree, the player will be sent a good sportsmanship patch to be worn on the right shoulder. All winners of the patch are then eligible to win the Sportsperson of the Year and a free pass to the Section Expo, along with a trophy for Sportsperson of the Year.

Speaking of Section Expo, the Expo this year will be at the O’hare Marriott on February 17-19, 2017. Along with covering the many changes in 2016, there will be multiple courses on other referee subjects [along with coach and management] as well as the Referee instructor Course all day Friday. The expo is excellent continuing education as well as a good time to bond with other referees. Hopefully I will see you there.

Have a good rest of the season!

We are having an end of season tournament and I was hoping you could help me with sending out an email to your referee population to see if anyone can help us with our tournament. All the games will be held in sycamore il. I have attached the schedule.
If they are interested in helping they can contact me directly to my email.
Jay Bratko

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Hot off the presses

Hot off the presses…

Worked on by National and volunteers from AYSO, here is the presentation that was given on the web. All referees should be taught the changed and as many coaches as possible. Please contact me with any questions you may have, I have been already answering questions on the Law Changes. {File was sent to the RRA or RC that I have on file}

With the fall season fast approaching, please send any correction to the RRA list I made to me ASAP so I can keep you informed.

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Summertime Training

Yes, it is almost the fourth of July, but time to start thinking of training your referees. Also for your old veterans, you should have a refresher class, to go over the law changes that took place June 1st. Weekends are filling fast, so if you need an instructor, make sure you let us know ASAP.


7/9 LaGrange, Illinois Intermediate Referee
7/19 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
7/19 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
7/23 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
7/23 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
7/24 Skokie, Illinois Basic Referee
8/7 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
8/7 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois U8 to Basic Referee Upgrade
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois U8 Referee
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois Basic Referee
8/12 Antioch, Illinois Advanced Referee
8/13 Antioch, Illinois Basic Referee
8/13 Antioch, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/13 Elmhurst, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/20 Elmhurst, Illinois Basic, Referee, U8 Referee, U8 to Basic Upgrade
8/20 Glenview, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/27 Scottsbluff, Nebraska Basic Referee training

Note: Some of these classes are 2 days long. All are available on and the students should sign up ASAP to ensure the classes are not cancelled. Exact information is also available at sign up or would be emailed to you. Apologies to any instructor if I missed a date.

Reminder: Just taking the Online Course does NOT make you a referee. The Online companion course along with the test, and Safe Haven and Concussion training are REQUIRED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Online Webinars

The following courses will be available online. The times are PST which is 2 hours behind us. Courses are open to all, especially the New Law Changes. I will post the Area Referee Admin and the Regional Referee Admin soon.

Law Changes:

Tuesday June 7 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 8 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday June 9 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday June 9 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday June 21 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 22 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 22 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday June 23 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday June 23 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday June 28 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 29 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 29 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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