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Region 5 - Fountain Valley

Empty-Nesters and Retirees as Referees

Every year we are blessed by people who decide that they will spend their retirement or empty-nester years as a referee for AYSO. We have been  lucky to have the talents of many people whom even after they have had children, grand-children, even great-grandchildren graduate  through our program they still decide that being a referee is an ideal way to get out into the open air, get some exercise and even meet some really great people out on the pitch. It is not uncommon to go to a tournament where many referees are well into their 60's and 70's. 

Our region has also seen many people who don't even have children that come out to help us in many capacities but whom are interested in promoting soccer in our neighborhood. We do train, so please decide if this might be the fun-filled Saturday you might be interested in joining!

Meet Waldo "Walt" Rodman who started in 1972 for AYSO Region 21 in Hawthorne, California and has held every board title known to AYSO volunteers. Walt just turned 80 years old and is still a center referee for our Region 5 (the big fields, people!) Never give an excuse why you can't be a Walt too. We love our volunteer referees!

Walt Rodman


Youth Referee Program

We have many talented players in our region who are also referees.  Our region allows youths between the ages of 12 to 18 to become referees.

It is our goal to provide our youth referees with opportunities to increase their skills as a referee and to acknowledge them for their contributions to our region.  We provide skill advancement with Youth Referee Mentoring Games and Game of the Day with lunch.  We appreciate our referees with an progressive incentive program.

Youth Referee Mentoring Games:

Image result for picture of youths refereeingThis fall season we will hold numberous Youth Referee Mentoring games.  This program is for youth referees to be active in the game as the referee in the center or as an assistant referee with a mentor directly working with them. Thank you to the 8 Referee Mentors who helped with this program.  

Game of the Day with Lunch:

We invite our youth referees to join a senior referee staff member to narrate the referee team’s actions on a high level game.  We will also provide lunch for our youth referees.  The date will determined during pool play and we will post the time later. 

End of the Season Youth Referee Party:  We will hold an end of the year party for the Youth Referees, adult mentors and our referee staff.  We will have lots of food, dessert and prizes.  Date and location to be posted soon.

Supporting our Youth as Referees (Zero Tolerance)

It is important to remember that when a youth is refereeing a soccer match, he or she is an integral part of the official referee staff of our region. These youth represent future resources for AYSO and the greater community, and it is up to us - parents, coaches and fellow referees - to encourage, nurture and support them. We must give them the patience and positive reinforcement that is the cornerstone of AYSO. Every coach, player, and parent must keep in mind that the young referees working out there are our kids, and that we owe them the same, if not more, patience and respect than we give the players. And if you're a coach in a game where one of your spectators is being disruptive or challenging the youth referee's authority, you need to immediately intervene. Coaches, remember that the first line of responsibility for dealing with spectators rests with you.

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AYSO Region 5

17870 Newhope Street 104-482 
Fountain Valley, California 92708

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Phone : 562-900-0964
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