Frequently Asked Questions
General
Questions
How do I become a referee?
To become a registered referee with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)  you must attend an entry level referee course, pass the written referee test and pay the annual fees. A list of courses can be found here.
I’ve refereed before. How do I become a ref again?
If you have been a certified USSF referee within the last two years you can register to referee again by following the instructions on the recertification page.

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?
Each league sanctioned by the US Soccer Federation chooses its own USSF registered assignor with the help of the Idaho Soccer Referee Committee. A list of assignors is compiled by each league or tournament. If you would like to receive game assignments in a certain league, contact the assignor directly and he/she will give you additional information on how they assign.
How do I get assessed? Do I need to get assessed?
All referees wishing to upgrade to grade 6 are required to be assessed. You have to request an assessment from the State Director of Assessment (SDA), 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.

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?
Referees are required to recertify every year. Failure to recertify means you cannot referee USSF matches any longer. Recertification consists of several steps including paying annual fees, passing the written exam, and participating in annual minimum training. If you are 18 or older, you must also pass a background check.
How often are referee courses held?
Most referee courses in Idaho are held just before the start of the spring and fall seasons. Usually, that means January, February, ​and March for the spring season and July, August, and September for the fall season.

Courses will be listed on this website when they are announce

How much can I earn as a referee?
There are many factors that determine how much an individual referee earns. Here are a few:

  • 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.

Is there anyone I can contact about referee courses if I still have questions?
Yes. Please go the Courses page and fill out the contact form.
What is the passing score on the grade 8 referee recertification test?
80%
How do I get referees for a tournament?
Please contact your local USSF referee assignor who can help you. If you do not know the local assignor, please contact the State Assignor Coordinator.
How much does it cost to become a referee?
Entry level courses generally cost around $30. In addition, referees must register annually with USSF. The annual USSF registration fee is $40 but could be higher depending on the referee’s USSF grade. Some local referee associations also have annual membership dues.
What is the minimum age to be a referee?
USSF does not set a minimum age to be a referee. There are referees as young as 10 in Idaho. However, 12 is a more reasonable age due to the types of games that are available.
I am registered to ref in Washington and would like to ref in Idaho. What do I need to do?
Contact the Idaho assignor you will be working with. Let the assignor know you are a registered Washington referee. The assignor will confirm that you are currently registered with USSF. The assignor will also advise you if there are any other requirements such as needing a criminal background check.
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