​​REFEREE PROGRAM

SLYSL Referee Program:San Leandro Youth Soccer League Referee Program introduces youth to becoming referee, We help build your confidence, management skills, and deal with pressure situations, Our Referees are first trained at the Recreational Level before moving into Competitive Leagues. SLYSL believes that youth referees must be well-trained and mature enough to withstand the pressures which can be placed on referees. As such, it is the policy of the club that referees must be at least 14 years old as of 12/31 of the current year, and must be certified at Grade 8, in order to referee SLYSL games. If you are old enough and are interested in becoming a referee, Offers a Program that Grade 8 referees must complete 12 hours of instruction. 


RequiredReferee Grades: Referees are required to obtain a Grade 9 to Grade 7 to begin refereeing at the recreational level. A grade 9 referee is certified to referee some recreational soccer matches, Grades 8-7 Recreational & Competitive matches. At SLYSL, we focus on training and developing Grade 8 and 7 referees, since this represents the vast majority of referees who do games at the youth level.  


Mentoring: What is a mentor?  Once new referees leave their licensing class, mentors are the ongoing front line for fulfilling the training and development needs of these new referees. And as referees gain experience, they can continue the relationship with their mentor or add new mentor relationships. From theory to practice, caring mentors explain and demonstrate the how's and whys of soccer officiating to newly licensed referees. 

Throughout the seasonal year, you will be assigned with a Mentor. You may request to be assigned with a mentor at any time. It is important that a referee is serious about improving their skills before requesting a mentor, because both the ref and the mentor must be committed to investing the time and effort needed to improve. To request a mentor contact the League Assignor. click here


To register for a Referee Training Course, the link at the bottom will be updated once CNRA loads the classes on their site.


Referee Uniforms: click here

For more information on The Referee Program and Policy click here


​Referees Links: 

Game Officials

Laws Of The Game

Nor Cal Premier League and Cup Play Rules 

CCSL Rules
US Soccer Referees
Cal North Referee Assoc

​​HOW TO BECOME A REFEREE