Welcome to the West Side Soccer League Referee Program - A note from the Referee Administrator

We hope that you enjoy your time on the pitch this season and we thank you for your dedication. Whether you are refereeing in U6 or U19, as center referee or running the lines, you are performing a vital role for the league and for the children, allowing them to develop and play soccer in a manner that is Safe, Fair and Fun. Remember that you are also allowed to have fun as a referee. We try to create a friendly and supportive environment to allow you to learn and thrive in this capacity.

Not a referee? Click here to find out why you should and how to make it happen. The first step is to register as a volunteer by updating your adult profile on your wssl in-league account and checking off the volunteer box for Referee! 

We have several resources that are meant to support you as you participate as a referee in our League's games. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your division's Chief Referee.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). You can find them here.

There are three members of the AYSO "Team" - Coaches, Referees and Parents. We have assembled some guidelines on how Coaches and Referees can cooperate to improve the experience for our players. You can see them here. Parents who aren't Coaches or Referees may find it interesting as well.

See you on the pitch!

Best regards,
Stan Ince
WSSL Regional Referee Administrator



For information about our upcoming Referee classes and how to register, go here.

We need more referees in our league, in order to give more kids the opportunity to play this wonderful game.

Please note: It is NOT possible to get certified via online classes only. 

Teen Referees

Young people aged 10 years and over, including Core and Travel soccer players and their siblings, and are very welcome to attend referee classes, and can gain community service credit for their time in class and refereeing on the field. The Teen Referee program welcomes new members and will make sure that you have fun as well as serving the league!

Volunteer registration for young people is a little different from that for parent volunteers. Go here for Teen Referee instructions.

Division Chief Referees

The Chief Referees in each division should be your first point of contact about rules and the practical aspects of refereeing. Please use this website to look for information but if you cannot find what you need, please contact your chief referee if you have questions about:

  • refereeing in your division,
  • how to schedule yourself for games,
  • becoming a referee,
  • the Laws of the Game,
  • requesting mentoring,
  • anything else about referees and their responsibilities.

If you are not sure which Division your child is in, or if you are trying to reach your division's Chief Referee, you can check under DIVISIONS.

We have a manual for the division Chief Referees. To view it, please click here: Chief Referee Manual.

Referee Leadership Team

Stan Ince is the Regional Referee Administrator and makes sure that we have a chief referee for each division and that the chief referees have the resources they need. 

Michael Titowsky is the Regional Director of Referee Instruction and is responsible for scheduling and organizing referee training for all divisions. 

Paul Samarel is the Regional Director of Referee Assessment and is responsible for referee mentoring, plus observations and assessments for certification upgrades for referees in all divisions. Paul is aided and abetted by Scot Gleason, our Head of Mentoring.

John Drayton is our Regional Director of Youth Referees. Please contact John for any questions or concerns about the Youth Referee program.

Heading the Ball

For information about heading the ball, please go to Heading the Ball.