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How Refereeing WorksPrintable

Referees Choose Games

Referees decide which games they want to referee and self-assign themselves to the games.

There are 2 referee organizations in our area - EYSA and EKCSRA. Each provides a website where referees can look for available games that fit their schedule and abilities.

The websites manage all aspects of the games in our area as far as referees are concerned: time, date, location, teams, pay, game reports, etc.

Referee Assignors/Evaluation

Each referee organization has "assignors" who evaluate referees and decide what level game the referee can handle. The referees can only self-assign games the assignors think they can handle.

Preferred Referee Path

13 or 14 year old
First year

  • Become Grade 8 certified referee (3 hours online study + 8 hour clinic + passing test + $65 to USSF)
  • Officiate U08 and U09 recreational games
  • Possibly officiate U10 recreational games
  • Possibly be assistant referee for U11 or U12 select or premier games (if 14 years old)
Second year
  • Officiate U10 and U11 recreational games
  • Possibly officiate U12 recreational games
  • Be an assistant referee for U11 - U13 select or premier games
Third year
  • Be center referee for U12 and U13 recreational games
  • Be center referee for U10 and U11 select or premier games
  • Be assistant referee for U13-U15 games

15-18 year old
First year
  • Become Grade 8 certified referee (3 hours online study + 8 hour clinic + passing test + $65 to USSF)
  • Officiate U08 - U10 recreational games
  • Possibly officiate U11 recreational games
  • Be assistant referee for U11 or U12 select or premier games
Second year
  • Be center referee for U11 and U13 recreational games
  • Be center referee for U10 and U11 select or premier games
  • Possibly be a center referee for U12 select or premier games
  • Be assistant referee for U13-U15 games

Adult
(Note: If you never want to be a center referee, you don't have to. You can ref all your games as an AR.)
First year
  • Become Grade 8 certified referee (3 hours online study + 8 hour clinic + passing test + $65 to USSF)
  • Officiate a couple U08 - U10 recreational games to get your feet wet
  • Officiate U11 recreational games
  • Possibly officiate U12 and U13 recreational games
  • Be assistant referee for U11 - U14 select or premier games
Second year
  • Be center referee for U12 - U14 recreational games
  • Be center referee for U10 - U13 select or premier games
  • Possibly be a center referee for U14 select or premier games
  • Be assistant referee for U14-U17 games

Everyone can advance quicker as a referee the more games they officiate.

Summer tournaments are a great way to acquire experience.

Last Updated March 9, 2014