How do I become a referee?
I’ve refereed before. How do I become a ref again?
If you have been a certified USSF referee but it has been three-four years, you can only register after attending a Bridge Course or another Entry Level Course. A list of courses can be found here.
If you have been a certified USSF referee but it has been more than four years since you’ve registered, you will need to take an Entry Level Course again. A list of courses can be found here.
If you have refereed soccer before, but it was through another organization (National Federation of High Schools, National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association, etc) you will need to attend an Entry Level Course. USSF is the governing body for much of the US Soccer landscape, but not all. A list of courses can be found here.
How do I get game assignments?
How do I get assessed? Do I need to get assessed?
All current grade 6 referees must get a maintenance assessment annually to keep their current grade. Failure to do so will result in downgrading to grade 8 until it is completed. You have to request an assessment from the State Director of Assessment, pay the assessment fee, get a proper game from an assignor, and then let the State Director of Assessment know the particulars for that game. The SDA will then schedule an assessor to be at your match.
What is recertification?
How often are referee courses held?
Courses will be listed on this website when they are announce
How much can I earn as a referee?
- How often a referee is available to referee
- How many extra assignments they pick up
- What age group they referee
- Do they referee at tournaments
- Willingness to travel
- The leagues they referee in
- The part of the state they live in
As a result, there really is no typical referee when it comes to annual income. We have referees earning several thousand dollars a year and we have referees earning a couple of hundred dollars per year.