Referee Program

Referee Program

Referee in Training Program

Referee Program

Spring 2021

The Ames Soccer Club is excited to announce the launch of a new Referee in Training Program beginning this spring.  The program is specifically aimed at club players in the U13 – U15 age group officiating games in the U7 – U10 age groups.


We understand that the current process of becoming a soccer official can be quite daunting, especially related to time and cost.  We have seen numerous experiences where officials undertake the course, complete the necessary paperwork, purchase the uniform and equipment, and then after just one or two games decide, maybe refereeing is not for them and stop!


The new program will address some of these concerns and barriers by:

  • Reducing the amount of classroom time (approx. 2 hours) 

  • Teaching through experiential learning (on the field approx. 2 hours)

  • Focusing on the laws of the game that are more applicable for the younger age groups

  • Teaching the officiating basics including positioning and mechanics 

  • Providing a mentor that can help the new referees during their initial games

  • Giving (free of charge) the referees an “official” uniform along with a whistle 


After going through and successfully passing the program, the new referees will be assigned to U7 – U10 games.  Pay will be $10 for U7 – U8 and $15 for U9 – U10 games.  Games will take place on Saturday mornings (April 10 – June 5) at Hunziker Youth Sports Complex.


I am REALLY interested How do I Sign Up or Ask More Questions?

Email the program director, Gary Eyles, at by March 5.  We will be limiting the first cohort to 8 – 10 candidates.