What to Bring to Training

  • Proof of completion of Laws of the Game review (print the three completion emails or the online certificates of completion at the end of each module)
  • Shoes you can run in (or at least move somewhat quickly in)
  • Water

Do VAR parents have to be Live Scanned? 

Great question. The answer is no.

What are the exact dates of the trainings? 
Trainings occur in the summer before the Fall season commences. We have to coordinate with SF Park & Rec to confirm our dates, since they have to grant us access to fields for the training. The dates are posted above at right.

What happens if your VAR parent is not available or out of town during the game? 
Only one parent per team needs to be officially trained, but any soccer-knowledgable parent can do the job. Either have the VAR share the training and/or have a soccer-knowledgable parent do the job that day. (On many teams, multiple parents rotate so one person isn't always responsible.) 

What information do I need to provide to verify my VAR parent? 
You just need the name of your parent volunteer entered into the VAR Registration Form. We'll be checking at summer's end and
passes won't be released to teams who haven't fulfilled their VAR requirements.

Who Can Volunteer?

The volunteer must be an adult (over the age of 18) and not the coach or assistant coach of the team. Exception: If a team has a volunteer who is a currently licensed referee and who expects to attend most games, this person can serve in this role. A team may have more than one parent attend the course if they want.

In the Clinic Number field, put your Team Name, Team Gender and Fall Team Playing Age.


  • There's no new login required to watch each of these modules and answer the questions at the end. However, at the beginning of each you will be prompted to enter your first and last name, your email (so that you can get your proof of completion sent to you), your state association (choose "California-North") and lastly your "Clinic Number" (enter SFYS VAR). 
Law 6 The Assistant Referees
Watch The Module
Law 9 The Ball In and Out of Play
Watch The Module
LAW 11
Law 11 Offside
Watch The Module

New VARs

  • Sign Up online as your team VAR, indicating that you are a new volunteer assistant referee / club linesperson.

  • Complete the US Soccer Online Training Modules linked at left.

  • Attend required field training:
    • Friday, August 12th from 6:30pm-8pm @ Fort Scott
    • Friday, August 19th from 6:30pm-8pm @ Fort Scott


Returning VARs

  • Sign Up onlineas your team VAR, indicating that you are a returning volunteer assistant referee / club linesperson.

  • Complete the US Soccer Online Training Modules linked at left.

  • Check with your team to MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FLAG from last year. If you need a replacement flag the cost is $10 each. 

All 2nd-8th Grade Recreational and U9-U12 Competitive Teams (small-sided, 7v7 and 9v9) must provide one volunteer adult who serves as an assistant referee to help at each game. The parent acting as Assistant Referee will still be able to watch the game - and will get the added advantages of being able to help out to make the experience better for the kids, getting a little exercise and getting a front row view.

Each team must have at least one VAR complete the online training.

US Soccer Online Training - Laws of the Game

US Soccer has created online training modules for each of the Laws of the Game, however for the Volunteer Assistant Ref training, three are most applicable and required to be reviewed.