San Diego Referees About LJOA

What Is LJOA?

LJOA stands for La Jolla Officials Association. Established in 2008, LJOA provides sports officials to San Diego Elementary Schools, Junior High Schools, High Schools, Charter Schools, Youth leagues, Club Leagues, Adult Recreational Leagues, Community Centers, Corporate groups, and Tournaments for various sports year round. LJOA has quickly become one of the largest referee associations in San Diego County and we are quickly expanding into other markets!

For Junior High and Youth Level contests, LJOA works in collaboration with the Intramural Departments at UCSD, SDSU, and USD to train and certify local university student-athletes as referees. These students excelled in their sports in high school or currently participate in intercollegiate athletics or club programs and have a genuine love for the game. Their great passion for athletics and their ability and desire to work with youth makes them the perfect fit to referee instructional youth level games with the appropriate enthusiasm.

For higher level games and adult leagues, our roster includes highly qualified and certified officials that regularly referee CIF High School and NCAA Level games. Our diverse group of officials includes past and current NCAA Officials and Athletes, United States Soccer Federation Certified Referees, former NFL players and World Cup participants, All-Star Game Referees and Umpires, CIF State Championship level officials, and many more. We pride ourselves on being able to match the appropriate level referee to each level of play our clients request.

Benefits of Working with LJOA


From our staff to our officials, our organization prides itself on a standard of excellence and professionalism. This is evident in the way we treat our clients as well as the way our officials interact with coaches, players, and parents alike.

Competitive Rates

We feel our service is superior but we keep our costs competitive with other associations in order to earn and retain your business.


Never worry about your refs showing up! We do daily reconfirmations with our officials to make sure they are always at their game site early and ready to go.

Personal Attention

At LJOA we understand the importance of developing strong personal relationships with our clients. Being a local organization, we are able to give our clients the time and personal attention they deserve. We are always willing and able to accommodate any last minute or special requests. Our goal is to make the jobs of league coordinators and athletic directors as simple and stress-free as possible.

Convenient Invoicing

There are no hassles involved with processing payment for our referees. We handle all the payroll for our officials and simply send your organization one invoice upon completion of the season.

Straightforward Billing

No fees, no extra charges – other associations charge for games that are rescheduled or canceled. We know schedules change, we are happy to accommodate these changes even on the day of the game at no extra cost.

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