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Intermediate Referee Course

The Intermediate Referee Course is for Regional Referees who would like to improve their skills on the field and to officiate more challenging and physically demanding matches. 
Fall 2016 classes are now in eAYSO for signup.
Regional Referees who are interested in refereeing games in the U14 division are strongly encouraged to move up to the Intermediate Referee level. 
"Intermediate" is the recommended badge for U12 and helpful for U10.  The Intermediate Referee course will improve your refereeing skills, and make your games more fun and interesting for you.  In particular, the course will provide more in depth understanding of fouls and misconduct, offside, referee teamwork, and handling players, coaches and spectators in a more demanding environment.
An Intermediate Referee Course is usually offered in the fall in Region 26, in October or November.  It is also usually offered in the summer at Golden Gate Camp
To start off the fall season, please take the Refresher Clinic for your appropriate age range, and then register for the Intermediate Referee course.
In 2016, an Intermediate Referee Course will be offered October 8-10, at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo alto.  Please sign up at for Roster # 201604414Check back at this web page before the class for further instructions.  Times and room numbers are:
Fri, October 8, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Room TBD
Sat, October 9, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Room TBD
Sun, October 10, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Room TBD
Friday will be classroom instruction only.  Saturday will contain a 90 minute outdoor session, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Sunday will consist of a review and the exam.  We will provide lunch on Saturday and snacks for all days.  
If you have hardcopies of Laws of the Game, Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game, Guide to Procedures, and AYSO Guidance, please bring them to class.  We will provide updated hardcopies as appropriate.  You can download softcopies from Basic Referee Course U10 to U12.  If you have a convenient way of bringing the softcopy to class on a notebook or tablet computer, it would be helpful.
Bring note taking material and your water bottle.  See you there!
Withdrawing from the Course
If you have signed up in eAYSO but will not be able to make it, please withdraw from the course using instructions at the bottom of the Referee Classes page.
Preparing for the Course

Please give the following documents a thorough read before the course:
  • Laws of the Game (AYSO version)
  • AYSO Guidance for Referees, Coaches, Parents
  • USSF Guide to Procedures
Consider taking the Basic Referee Online Course at to refresh your knowledge of the laws.  As you read the Laws of the Game and have questions, refer to the second half of the book--the "Interpretations of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees" (the "IGR") and also USSF's "Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game".   These law by law treatments are succinct and easy to use.  Pay particular attention to Law XII, Fouls and Misconduct, and know the direct and indirect fouls, cautions and sendoffs.  Make sure you take at least one subject--choose Law 15 as the default--and read the entire IGR and "Advice" sections to get a feel for how the documents support the Laws of the Game.
As you read the introductory material for "Guide to Procedures", understand that this book presents required procedures that must be followed.
All of the material above can be downloaded from Basic Referee Course U10 to U12.
Thanks for your valuable time, and thanks for refereeing our kids' games!