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Who Will Referee?

This page will outline the steps to take to figure out who will referee when there is no referee and there are two A/Rs who are both affiliated with one of the two teams.

If a step yields an answer as to who the referee will be, then stop. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.

1. Ideally, the two A/Rs should try to agree who should referee factoring experience, fitness, etc.

2. If one A/R is at or above the correct badge level for the division level and the other A/R is not, then the higher badged A/R will referee the game.

3. The A/R from the home team will referee the game.

4. If both A/Rs are from the same team, then they will flip a coin.

Referee Scheduling Guidelines

On U-7 and U-8 games, you may sign up for games as far in advance as you would like.  While we would love to have neutral referees, so that parents may watch their child's game, there is no restriction on who signs up for U-7 and U-8 games.  It makes no difference whether a referee is associated with the "Home" or "Away" team.  The goal is to get the game covered.

On all other games (U-9 - U-14), please do not sign up more than thirteen days in advance.  If you do, you are subject to being removed from those future games.  For example: you may not sign up for games on Saturday, September 26, 2015 until Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8 pm (Pacific Time).

In U-9 and above, please do not sign up to be the referee for your own child's game.  Feel free to sign up to A/R that game.  If a neutral referee does not sign up or show up, then an A/R that is affiliated with a team may referee that game after informing both coaches.  If there are two affiliated A/R's then click here for the steps to resolve who should referee the game.

Please be considerate of your fellow referees.  Signing up for a referee slot and then an A/R slot, gives opportunities to other officials, as opposed to taking two referee slots in a row.  This is especially true if you are signing up early.  If it is late in the week (or the night before), then this is guideline is relaxed.

On games that are being played on fields in other regions in Area Q, please respect that region's right to have their own officials sign up for those games.  Slots that are not covered by 5:00 pm on the Thursday before a Saturday game are open for any region's referees.  

Be forewarned that some Areas outside of Area Q do not use Matchtrak for referee assignments. (Area K may be one of those Areas.)

If you have any question about these guidelines, please send them to [email protected].

Thank you for giving your time to the players of Region 213. 


We use Matchtrak as our scheduling system, which includes referee signups.

Referees assign themselves to their game.  The link for Matchtrak is below.

Please be aware that our referee assignment guidelines govern sign ups.  Please familiarize yourself with them before signing up.

Matchtrak Scheduling System


AYSO Region 213
Rules By Age Level

Quick Reference Guide*

DRAFT 2015 Fall

Extra & Inter-Region Away Team, National Guidelines

U-7U-8U-10U-12U-14U9 & up
Max # Players
Min # Players
Goalkeeper AllowedNN
Limit (qtrs)
no GKno GKif GK then 1 qtr field
if GK then 1 qtr fieldNo Limit
No Limit
Playing Time(qtrs)**
Half Length
2020253035Age Dependent***
Free Kicks
DFK only,
no PKs
DFK only,
no PKs
as called
as called
as called
as called
Free Kick Distance
81010U9/10 - 8
U12 & up - 10
Goal Area Used
Pen. Area
Goal Kick
Goal Area
Goal AreaGoal AreaGoal AreaGoal AreaGoal Area
Slide Tackles
Show Cards
Y in U-12 & up
Throw Ins
1st try, retake, then let play go on
1st try, retake, then let play go on





* Please read the Regional guidelines and the Small Sided Games page for the complete list of rules for a specific age division in regional primary program games.
** All registered AYSO Region 213 players (in the Primary Program) in attendance at the beginning of a game, are entitled to play at least half (1/2) of the game. And, these players are entitled to play at least three-quarters (3/4) of the game before any player (on the team) can play the entire game.
*** U9/10 - 25 min., U-12 - 30 min., U-14 - 35 min., U-16 - 40 min., U-19 - 45 min.
**** in U-7 & U-8 any free kick awarded the attacking team inside the goal area will be moved back to nearest point on the goal area line in front of the goal.


Referee Committee

Regional Referee AdministratorBill Malecki 
Assistant Regional Referee AdministratorPaul Stradling
Regional Director of Referee Instruction
Regional Director of Referee Assessment and MentoringChad Shahin
Regional Youth Referee AdministratorTom Whitehair
Regional Director of Referee Equipment 
Regional Referee Director-at-Large 

Becoming a Referee

Short module - redirect to Becoming a referee page if needed

National Partners

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14252 Culver Dr, Ste A-206
Irvine, California 92604

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 949-297-6213
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