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All referees we see are local people who love the game of soccer. They have dedicated time to take a national certification course to learn the rules and procedures around the game. And they take time each year to recertify (5 hours of education plus pass a test). They have decided to take time to come out and support the local soccer community as a referee at your child's game.

Things to Consider

Coaches and parents influence the behavior of players, positively and negatively

  • Think before you say something
Referees are doing their best
  • Referees cannot and do not see everything
  • Referees are not biased
  • Youth referee should not be expected to stand up to an adult
  • Referees do not want anyone to get hurt
When they yell at a youth referee, they are yelling at a child - a child from your community

You need to support the development of the referees or have no referees

Winning is not everything
  • Provide a good role model for your child


U08-U13 Recreational Games

  • Referees who are officiate the U08-U13 recreational games are kids (and sometime parents) from your local community. They probably live no further than 5 miles away from the field.
  • U08 and U09 games are usually officiated by 13 and 14 year olds who are in their first year of refereeing.
  • U10 and U11 games are usually officiated by 14 and 15 year olds who are in their second year of refereeing.
  • By U12, the official(s) in the game have a firm feeling for the game and have refereed for 3 or more years.


Premier and Select Games

  • Referees for premier and select games are from your local community. They sometimes travel 15 miles to get to your game.
  • Center referees for the U11 and under games have usually refereed for 2 or more years.
  • Center referees for the U12 - U14 games have usually refereed for 3 or more years.
  • Center referees for U15+ games have usually refereed for 4 or more years.
  • Assistant referees for the U11 games are usually first year referees.
  • Assistant referees for the U12 - U14 games have usually refereed for 2 or more years.
  • Assistant referees for U15+ games have usually refereed for 3 or more years.

Last Updated March 10, 2011