How do I become a Referee?

Referees must be registered as a Grade 8 level or higher for 2017 in order to referee games for Arden Park Soccer. To become a Grade 8 referee you must participate in 18 hours of classroom education, a field session and pass the final exam. You must renew your registration each year.  Referees are critical to having safe, fun and successful soccer matches. They are expected to be knowledgeable on the laws of the game, act professionally, be physically fit, and be reliable. All referees will be paid and receive training, guidance and support.

  • Another option is to take a River City Soccer League hosted class later in the summer (usually August).  

Please contact the referee coordinator, John Ebersberger, for more information regarding being a new referee or getting signed up to take a class.

Referee Coordinator Contact Iinformation


2016 Referees Fee Schedule - Increase approved!

The RCYSL board approved an increase to referee fees for the 2017 season.  See the new fee structure below. 

Division Center Referee Assistant Referee

Under 19 $45.00 $40.00

Under 16 $40.00 $35.00

Under 14 $35.00 $30.00

Under 12 $30.00 $25.00

Under 10 $25.00 $20.00

Under 8 $20.00 $15.00

Under 6 $20.00 Volunteer


  • Upon completion of your slate of games, you are responsible for submitting game cards to Arden Park referee coordinator John Ebersberger.
  • Prior to submitting your card(s), ensure the location, date, time, teams, score, referee(s) and initial(s) are accurate. Please write LEGIBLY.
  • Paper checks are issued from AP Soccer's bank to your physical address on record. Expect your check to arrive in approximately five business days.

Please see the RCYSL Referee Calendar for a listing of the referee-related events.


Education & Clinics

Referee Academy

Cal North Referee Association established in 2012 a new Referee Academy for all referees in Northern California. The program and instruction offered is top level and will help all those who participate to improve their game. It gives participating referees access to information, instruction and mentors to help them reach their highest capabilities. The program is designed to improve the level of referee skills and benefits the entire referee program in the District.

There is NO cost for the class and any referee in the District may attend the sessions.

Please click here for full details on how you can participate in the Referee Academy

Referee Resources

RCYSL All-Internet Referee Administration

All game assignments, communications and payment tracking are done online.  Please check back in August for more information.