AYSO - Youth Soccer for Cedar Rapids, Marion, Mount Vernon, Vinton, Robins, Hiawatha


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We need referees!

Looking for a great way to volunteer and play a significant part in the AYSO East Central Iowa region? Become a referee! No experience is necessary. We provide the training, uniforms, and mentoring at no cost to you.

For referee training, please sign-up.

If you have questions, send an email to: refereeadmin@ayso-cr.org

Shawn Block
Region 1112 Referee Administrator

Referee Courses
August 29
AYSO Basic Referee Course
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 155 Boyson Road, Marion
See details below.
August 29
AYSO Intermediate Referee Course 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 155 Boyson Road, Marion
See details below.

Referee Courses

Basic Referee Course - Saturday, August 29

Cost: FREE! Referee equipment: FREE! Your time as a volunteer: PRICELESS!

A Basic Referee course will be held on Saturday, August 29 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This course is designed for new AYSO referees to give you the basics for refereeing at the U08 and U10 levels. Lunch will be provided.

If you plan to attend this course please email Shawn at refereeadmin@ayso-cr.org

Intermediate Referee Course - Saturday, August 29

An Intermediate Referee course will be held on Saturday, August 29 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This course is for current Basic/Regional AYSO referees. The intermediate course goes beyond the basics to prepare referees for the U12 level and above. We will go deeper into the Laws Of The Game; especially fouls, misconduct, and offside. Lunch will be provided. Cost: FREE!

If you plan to attend this course please email Shawn at refereeadmin@ayso-cr.org


Location for all referee courses:
   Faith Lutheran Church
   155 Boyson Road (at Alburnett Road)
   Marion, IA 52302
   Map & Directions

If you have questions, email or call:
   Shawn Block 
   Region 1112 Referee Instructor

Referee Administration Team
Referee Administrator Shawn Block
Mentor Program Coordinator Mark Holt
Referee Scheduler Heather Richardson
Director of Instruction Bryce Schellhorn
Youth Referee Administrator <Open>
​Player Referee Organization ​Matt Milburn


AYSO Region 1112 Referee's website: www.aysoreferee-cr.org


  PDF document AYSO FIFA Laws Of The Game 2012-2013
  PDF document AYSO Guidance for Referees, Coaches, Other Volunteers and Parents 2012-2013
  PDF document AYSO National Rules and Regulations 2012
  PDF document USSF Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game 2011
  PDF document USSF Guide to Procedures for Referee, Assistant Referees and Fourth Officials

Referee Code of Conduct

  • Always remember that the game is for the players. Player safety and fair play comes first.
  • Study and learn the Laws of the Game and understand the "spirit" of the Laws. Help fellow referees do the same.
  • Encourage and enforce the AYSO philosophies of "Everyone Plays", "Positive Coaching" and "Good Sportsmanship".
  • Respect other referees' decisions, and do not publicly criticize another official.
  • Wear the proper uniform and keep it in good condition.
  • Maintain good physical condition so you can keep up with the action.
  • Stay calm when confronted with emotional reactions from players, coaches, parents, and spectators.
  • Support good sportsmanship with a kind word to players, coaches and parents of both teams when deserved.
  • Always be fair and impartial, avoiding conflicts of interest. Decisions based on personal bias are dishonest and unacceptable.