SFYS Referee Resources & Links

Condensed Referee Game Day Checklist:

  • Whistle
  • Stopwatch
  • Flip Coin
  • Pen
  • Yellow & Red Caution/Send Off Cards
  • AR Flags
  • Sublock
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Key League Rules (Handout)
  • Suggested: Printout or Screenshot of Assignments for the Day


The California North Referee Association is the official site for soccer referees registered with the United States Soccer Federation in northern and central California.


The Peninsula Soccer Referees Association is where you will sign up for all SF Youth Soccer matches (and other league games as well - your certification makes you eligible to ref games in and out of San Francisco). The site requires a separate registration.

  • Report Game scores in PENSRA to get paid.
  • For SFYS matches, make sure to include the name of the Team STARs in your report!

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Helpful Referee Blogs, FAQs and Forums


How to Become a Referee

ADULTS and Youth 13 and older ...

  • Want to be a SFYS Referee?
  • Need to renew your certification?
  • Want to upgrade your referee certification? 

Training Dates will be posted throughout the year. In the meantime, complete the Referee Inquiry Form and we'll notify you of referee events and trainings.

SF Summer Youth Referee Camp


Regional Referee Links

California North Referee Association


San Francisco Soccer Referee Association

SAY Soccer

SAY Soccer provides a wide variety of referee educational materials and support for referee educators, including online training, referee testing, and assistance in organizing referee courses.

(Inter)National Referee Links

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich.

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The US Soccer site contains links to FIFA, Laws of the Game, registration information to update your certification and get insurance coverage.

US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, which is the governing body for soccer in the United States.


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