Become A Referee
How do I become a referee?
Some important points:
- Knowledge of soccer is not required (most coaches will tell you that referees know nothing about soccer!).
- While some previous playing, coaching or officiating experience is always helpful, no experience is required to become a soccer referee.
- While there are age restrictions for the advanced Grades, there are no age requirements for the entry level Grades.
- English is the preferred clinic language, but we do have Spanish clinics and can manage instruction in other languages as well.
- You should be able to run with (not necessarily outrun) the players; get in shape to referee, not referee to get in shape.
To become a qualified referee, there are a few easy steps everyone must go through. The first is to attend a mandatory classroom training session. These “Entry Level Clinics” are offered in many locations around the state each year, most often during the summer and fall months. Eight-hour clinics are offered as one or two day events; sixteen-hour clinics are often held as either weekend courses (Saturday and Sunday) or weekday courses (3-5 weekday nights) or a combination (Friday night, Saturday, Sunday afternoon).
At the conclusion of the instructional classes a written examination will be given to all who have completed the course. The examination is 100 objective (True-False, Multiple Choice) questions. Candidates must get at least 75 correct to pass the test.
The fee to attend any clinic is $20. United States Soccer Federation (USSF) registration is $20 or $25 depending on Grade. Another expense is the uniform package (shirt, shorts, socks, shoes and referee equipment). Many uniform manufacturers and retail stores offer a money-saving starter package.
If you would like to become a referee, contact Don Chin, RYSL Referee Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CNRA offers USSF Grade 8 Referee and Grade 9 Recreational Referee clinics throughout CYSA. Referee clinics are scheduled on a regular basis by the Redding Youth Soccer League. At this time we are only offering the Grade 8 clinic listed below.
USSF Grade 8 Referee
The Grade 8 clinic consists of six (6) 3-hour sessions, for a total of eighteen (18) hours of instruction. Attendance at all sessions is required for successful completion of the course. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates may register as Grade 8 Referees with the United States Soccer Federation for a registration fee ($25.00 as of June 19, 2001).