Pflugerville Area Youth Soccer League

FAQs By Referees

2019 badge year

To South Texas Referees,

Beginning July 01, 2018, we begin the certification and re-certification requirements for the 2019 badge year.
So that we are better aligned with the U.S. Soccer Referee Development Program, our certification requirements have changed and I encourage you to review those changes on our website at

A few changes to highlight:
  •  We are removing the 7+ grade. Those who are registered as a 7+ for 2018 may consider upgrading to 06 State Referee (see new requirements on the website). Otherwise, 7+ registrants not upgrading to 06 State Referee will be grade 07 upon registration.
  •  The certification requirements for 06 State and 05 State have changed. Please see new requirements at
  •  We are re-instituting the grade 09 certification for those officials who are 12 and 13 years of age and referee small sided games. (if you are 12 or 13 years old and already a grade 08, you will remain a grade 08)
  • If you are 18 years or older and registered as a grade 08 (youth game), you will certify as a grade 07 (adult game) so that you can referee both youth and adult games.

I encourage you to spend a few moments reviewing the requirements on

How do I become a referee?

  1. Complete the appropriate referee clinic. Referees must show proof of certification in order to participate as a referee in PAYSL.
    • Grade 8:
      Allows you to referee for all Div III and Div IV games (you must be 16 years old or 2 years older than the age group playing, whichever is greater).
      Allows you to referee as a Line for all games.
  2. Fill out the RefereeRegistrationForm and email the Referee Assignor at
  3. Create a Referee Account with GotSoccer at
  4. Attend mandatory referee meeting at the beginning of the season.

What's expected of referees?

  • Referees need to be at the fields 30 minutes prior to start time of their first game.
  • Referees will conduct themselves appropriately at all times when at the fields.
  • Referees need to wear proper attire:
    • Main Jersey: Gold with Black pinstripes
    • Alternate Jersey: Black with White pinstripes
    • Shorts: Plain black shorts with pockets are recommended. Plain black shorts without pockets are ok. No other marking on the shorts are acceptable.
    • Socks: Socks must be Black with white stripes. Carrying more than one pair is recommended.
    • Watches: Recommended you carry two watches during a game in case one fails.
    • Footwear: Must be black in color.
    • Whistle: Recommended you carry at least two whistles with two different pitches in case similar whistles are being used on adjacent fields.
    • Red/Yellow Cards: Must have a red and yellow card to be carried during the game.
    • Flags: Must own a set of linesman flags as the club may not provide.
    • Pen/Pencil: Must have a writing instrument to update the game card.

What are the rules?

You can find them broken down by age group on our Laws of the game page. There are some important distinctions between age groups such as:


At 5U/6U, we do NOT have throw-ins. At 7U/8U we give them a second chance and tell them why. At 9U-18U we give them one chance only. An incorrect throw-in results in a turnover.

Slide tackling

Slide tackling is NOT allowed in PAYSL DIV IV ( 4U-8U) at all. Correctly or incorrectly done it is a no no and will not be allowed. Even going to one knee and sticking out the other foot is considered slide tackling and will not be allowed. If you have this occur at the 5U - 8U age group, you tell the player to stay on their feet. If they do it again, stop the game at an appropriate time and ask the coach to remove the offending player and explain it to them. If they re-enter the game and repeat it again, remove them yourself, to the coach, and do not let them back into the game. Even if this is done with no other player around at the time it is dangerous and NOT allowed. Please enforce this rule across the board and stick to it.

Game lengths

  • 5U/6U, 4 - 10 minute quarters with a 1 minute break between qtrs 1-2 and 3-4. 3 minute halftime between qtrs 2 and 3.
  • 7U/8U, 2 - 22 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime
  • 9U/10U, 2 - 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime
  • 11U/12U, 2 - 30 minute halves with a 10 minute halftime
  • 13U/14U, 2 - 35 minute halves with a 10 minute halftime
  • 15U/16U, 2 - 40 minute halves with a 10 minute halftime
  • 17U/18U, 2 - 45 minute halves with a 10 minute halftime

Direct Kicks

THERE ARE NO DIRECT KICKS FOR 5U THROUGH 8U. With no direct kicks, there can not be any PENALTY KICKS. DO NOT AWARD A PENALTY KICK AT 5U, 6U, 7U OR 8U . All fouls result in an indirect kick from the spot of the foul. There is no penalty mark or goal area marked on the field so do not make something up.

What should I do at a 5U/6U/7U/8U game?

At the younger games, 5U thru 8U, referees need to be vocal, "LOUD" and teaching. Tell the players it is a goal kick and then show them where to put the ball and which team is kicking it. Same for throw-ins and corners. Dont let the game become an uncontrolled pile of kids chasing each other and the ball and coaches and parents going wild because their kids are not playing correctly. Take charge and teach. If a coach has a problem with you teaching their kids, tell them it is what you are supposed to do at this age and they can address it with me. Most of them will welcome it. Use the whistle and be loud. Remember, you have to be heard over the kids and the parents so get their attention with the whistle and then tell them what they need to know. "Red throw-in", "Blue goal kick", Green corner kick, that sort of thing.

What should I do with game cards?

Game cards are pre-printed and can be picked up in the Referee Shed. Turn in all game cards at the Referee Shed. If we have no game cards, information is incomplete and you may not get paid for that game.

Where can I purchase supplies?

The following companies are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by PAYSL. This information is provided as a courtesy only.

  • Official Sports International (OSI)
  • Law Five
  • The Whistle Line
  • Soccer World (local) - 3 locations
    13376 Research Blvd
    221 S Lamar Blvd
    5446 W Highway 290
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