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How do I get games?

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 has been compiled by the league or tournament they assign. If you would like to get games in a certain league, contact the assignor directly and they will give you more instruction on how they assign. To find an assignor in your area, click 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 Clinic or another Entry Level Clinic. A list of clinics 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 Clinic. A list of clinics 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 Clinic. USSF is the governing body for much of the US Soccer landscape, but not all. A list of clinics can be found here.

How do I become a referee?

To become a registered referee with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)- you must attend an entry level clinic and pay for your annual fees. A list of clinics can be found here.

What is recertification?

Referees are required to recertify every year. Failure to recertify will mean you cannot referee USSF matches any longer. Recertification consists of a few things- pay annual fees (insurance and used for national and state referee programs), pass written exam, and participate in annual minimum training. If you are 18 or older, you must fill out a background form as well.

There are specific instructions for recertification for this current year on the Recertification page.

How do I get assessed? Do I need to get assessed?

All referees wishing to upgrade to grade 7, 6, or 5 require assessments before being allowed to upgrade. You have to request an assessment from the State Director of Assessment using this form, 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 and 5 referees must get a maintenance assessment annual 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 using this form, 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 7 referees must get an annual maintenance evaluation 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 evaluation from the State Director of Assessment using this evaluation form, pay the evaluation 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.

See here if you have other questions regarding the Idaho Assessment Program.

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 clinics generally cost around $25. In addition, referees must register annually with USSF. The annual fee is $40, but could be higher depending on the referee’s USSF grade. Some local referee associations also have annual membership dues.

How Often Are Referee Clinics Held?

Most referee clinics 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.

Clinics will be listed on this website when they are announced.

Is there anyone to contact about referee clinics if I have any questions?

Yes. Please go the clinics page and fill out the contact form.

Registered to ref in WA and would like to ref in ID. 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 your are currently registered with USSF. The assignor will also advise you if there are any other requirements like having a criminal background check.

How much can I earn as a referee

There are a lot of 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.

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.