Uniform and Equipment - Starter Kits
EYSA recommends you purchase referee equipment through www.WinnersSportwear.com (a Bellevue, WA company) or www.OfficialSports.com. They both have good quality and good prices.
For New Referees, EYSA recommends: 8 Piece USSF Starter Kit from WinnersSportswear for $34 or 7 Piece USSF Starter Kit for $36.95 from OfficialSports.
New referees don't need the flags contained in the larger kits.
Referees do need a Sports Watch with stop watch functionality. And while any of the watches on the OfficialSports website are great, we recommend buying a sports watch from Amazon.com or Target or other retailer. They can be found cheaper at these locations and are just as good.
Optional Equipment includes:
Data Wallet to help keep your score card dry. (You don't need "Report Forms", just a piece of paper to record the score)
Flipping Coin, but a quarter works fine.
Flags, but you won't need them until you are a center ref for a game needing ARs. This probably won't happen until you are in your second or, most likely, third year of ref'ing.
Bag to carry your extra equipment, but most people have bags they can use.
We are assuming the referee has soccer cleats, paper and pencil.
Very Basic Equipment for New Referees
For referees who want to try out being a referee and plan on officiating only the U08-U09 recreational games, EYSA doesn't require official uniforms. You can referee with just a T-Shirt, Whistle and Sports Watch with stop watch functionality.
WinnerSportswear offers this basic package for $13.
OfficialSports has T-Shirt and Whistle for $14.90.
We recommend buying a sports watch from Amazon.com or Target or other retailer. They can be found cheaper at these locations and are just as good.
Other options for uniforms and equipment are:
www.thewhistleline.com a Tacoma, Washington company that has been selling referee equipment in our area for years.
Local soccer stores, besides Winners Sportswear, carry some referee equipment, but it is usually priced a lot higher than you'll find online.
Last Updated February 18, 2014