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Information for Area 1-P Referees

  • All volunteers must register or update their volunteer registration as AYSO volunteers for the current year.
  • All volunteers must complete SAFE Haven, Concussion Awareness and SCA online courses before officiating any games.
     - Safe Haven (AYSOU - Online Courses)
     - CDC concussion training (AYSOU - Online Courses)
     - Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training (AYSOU - Online Courses)


AREA 1-P  Policies and Guidelines for Referees for Return to play, Spring 2021

Revised as of April 23, 2021

The policy in Area 1-P regarding the wearing of face coverings is to follow the protocols for Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Leagues as prescribed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which provide that "All sports participants are required to wear an appropriate face mask that covers the nose and the mouth at all times during practice and conditioning, even during heavy exertion as tolerated to protect the safety of all participants. During competitions, face coverings

must be worn when not participating in the activity (e.g., on the sidelines)."

For those regions that will be allowing teams to scrimmage and are going to use referees:

  • All local school and city guidelines take precedence and must be followed.
  •  During actual competition, all participants including referees may optionally wear masks.
  •   At all other times, all participants including referees MUST wear an appropriate face mask that covers the nose and the mouth.
  •  Electronic whistles are encouraged.
  •  There should be no physical contact including shaking hands, back patting etc. In addition, all efforts should be made to maintain the maximum physical distance between the referee, participants and spectators.
  •  Referees must remain physically distanced from others at any time they are not wearing a face mask or if their face mask is temporarily removed.
  •  Referees must complete daily entry screening. If they have no symptoms, are not currently under isolation or quarantine orders, and have had no contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, they can be cleared to participate for that day.
  •  All referees must register or update their volunteer registration as AYSO volunteers for the current year (2020).

 All referees must have completed the CDC concussion training, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training and AYSO Safe Haven training (can be found here)

In addition, all coaches, support staff, family members, observers, and visitors are required to wear an appropriate face mask that covers the nose and the mouth at all times. This applies to all adults and to children 2 years of age and older. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health "Reopening protocol for youth and adult recreational sports leagues":

AYSO has released updated guidelines on return to playDetails here

Guidelines include information for regions, officials (referees), coaches, parents and players.
As stay-at-home orders and business restrictions continue to evolve and loosen, we know that there is a desire to return to play as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. 

To be clear, this notice does not constitute permission to return to the fields.

New Laws for 2021/2022 are published


 Read the laws online or
 Download the OFFICIAL IFAB Laws of the Game app!



Laws of the Game 2021/21 Changes and clarifications.

These 2021/2022 Laws come into force on June 1,  2021. For AYSO, these Laws come into force on Aug 1, 2021.

More information on the Section 1 Referee Website 

Area 1-P Referee Schedules

Login here (Inleague)

If volunteer referees want to sign up for Area games, including Upper Division,  Area Playoffs and Area All Stars,they would login here: Inleague-Region 76
These competitions are hosted on the Region 76 InLeague76 site and if not already done so, volunteers will need to register as a user in Region 76.

All volunteers are required to update/re-sign their volunteer applications every year. When logging into the schedule at Inleague76, volunteers might be asked to update their application again - even if already done (if the volunteers is from a region other that 76). They should do it again - it is only so the systems can sync their databases.
Once logged in to the site, choose "Referees" and then "Referee Schedule Signup".
Make sure you choose the correct competition from the dropdown list on the top left.

If volunteers are having problems registering at Region 76, they can contact Melissa Krantz ([email protected] )

To officiate on 16U/19U games, they might also need to be approved. They can be approved by the Area Schedulers, Barry Moser ( [email protected] ) or Kevin Knopf ( [email protected] ).

For the sake of completeness, following are the guidelines we ask all UD referees to follow:

  • Please cover at least one AR slot for each ref (center) slot.
  • Only sign up for matches that meet your comfort and badge levels.
  • Games that begin late may be shortened.  Games MUST end on time.
  • Area Rules and Procedures for Monitored Substitutions - Link
  • Recording Scores - please enter the scores at Inleague after your match.  Log-on to InLeague, click on "Referees", then "Scores and Standings" in the drop-down menu, then select the division of the game you refereed.  The next screen will ask you to enter the score for your match(es).
  • Game Cards -  scan/photograph game cards and monitored sub sheets and email to [email protected]
  • Red Cards - If you have an ejection in your match, please fill out a misconduct report: Misconduct Report   Please email it to Ken Kotarski ([email protected]), Area Director, and Tony Robinson ([email protected]), Area Referee Administrator.
  • ID cards - are mandatory beginning September 22, 2019
    Before the start of the game, the coach will present the ID cards for all the players shown on the lineup card to the referee. The coach and any assistant coach shall also present their ID cards to the referee. The referee will check the players and coaches against the ID cards and will return the ID cards to the coach. If a player, coach, or assistant coach is ejected before, during, or after a game, the coach shall immediately surrender the ID card of the ejected person to the assistant referee or the center referee. The game will not be restarted unless the ID card is surrendered. If the card is not surrendered, the referee may terminate the game. ID cards will be returned after player name and uniform number, or coach name are noted for the misconduct report. See full Rules and Regulations

Area Referee Contact Information

Area 1-P Staff  
  Area Referee Administrator  Anthony Robinson   [email protected]
  Area Director of Instruction  Craig Collar   [email protected]
  Area Director of Assessment  Derek Fabian   [email protected]
  Upper Division / Area Schedulers
    (16U, 19U, Area Playoffs)
 Barry Moser
 Kevin Knopf
  [email protected]
[email protected]
  Area Director  Ken Kotarski   [email protected]
Section 1 Staff  
  Section Referee Administrator  Rick Roberts   [email protected] 
  Section Director of Instruction  Al Prado   [email protected]
  Section Director of Assessment  Rich Fichtelman   [email protected]

Area 1-P Regional Referee Administrators
Region 19 Culver City Kelley Kirkpatrick [email protected]
Region 20 Santa Monica Gray O' Brien [email protected]
Region 69 Pacific Palisades Marc Gordonson [email protected]
Region 70 West Los Angeles Dave Poulton [email protected]
Region 76 Beverly Hills Robert Osborne [email protected]
Region 78 Hollywood Charlie Stein [email protected]
Region 1031 South Los Angeles Nichole Wade [email protected]
Region 1567 Los Feliz Matt Kimball [email protected]
Region 1595 Watts Lenin Merchan [email protected]
Region 1647 West Adams    

Documents and Forms AREA 1-P

Intermediate Observations / Advanced Assessments AYSO IFAB Referee Forms Assessor Forms

Referee Classes


  • Signup on AYSOU under “In-person classes”
Intermediate Referee Class: Aug 21 & 22, 2021 @ Beverly Hills High School, CA
Advanced Referee Class: Aug 21 & 22, 2021 @ Beverly Hills High School, CA

Build-out Line

As part of their Player Development Initiatives, USSF has implemented the Build-out line (BOL) for 9U and 10U.

Here is a video explaining the rules - This is current for 2021.


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Kenneth Kotarski - Director, 2600 West Olive Avenue Suite 1020
Burbank, California 91505

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 310-430-3400
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