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Outdoor Referee Certification Requirements for all Grade 7

U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program
Referee Certification Requirements Grade 7
July 2017 

State Referee Association Standards for Grade 7 Referees

Where provided, U.S. Soccer expects State Referee Associations to establish requirements that best support the needs of the local competitions and the referees servicing them. This means that State Referee Associations are expected to work collaboratively with State Association(s) leaders and local competition authorities.

Specific to requirements associated with grade, this includes:

  • Minimum age
  • Previous game and grade experience

State Referee Associations are also empowered by U.S. Soccer to establish fitness, assessment and training standards outside the parameters of grade. Although independent of grades, these standards should be advanced when compared to the existing U.S. Soccer grade requirements. These advanced standards should be specific to the needs of local competitions or specific to participation in state level development programs.

 

If fitness standards are required for specific state level competitions, they should be conducted in accordance with the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests. U.S. Soccer recommends that State Referee Associations use the established State Referee standards but the required time intervals can be adjusted if needed.  It is required that a set of speed gates be used to administer the sprint tests.

 

If assessment standards are required, they should be conducted in accordance with the current guidelines specific to formal assessments. State Referee Associations are also able and encouraged to utilize the following:

 

  • Development and guidance evaluations
  • Scouting and identification
  • Mentoring

 

Additional training standards can include, but are not limited to attending:

 

  • Clinics
  • Workshops
  • Tournaments or other competitions

 

For national competitions looking to establish requirements specific to assignment, U.S. Soccer can assist in the formation and communication of these standards.

 

These additional standards can be instituted by State Referee Associations outside the scope of grade requirements and are intended to promote the development of referees and support the needs of local, regional and national competitions.

 

Grade 7 – Referee

The purpose of this Grade 7 Referee is to prepare officials for the competitive youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

 

Certification Requirements

Age

Recommended Minimum 16 Years of Age with the approval of the State Referee Committee

Previous Game Experience

100 games, 50 as a referee (11 v 11), 50 as Assistant Referee. 

Previous Grade Experience

Referee Grade 8 - 1 year minimum

Training

Pass the Grade 7 Referee Course

Laws of the Game Test

Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test

Fitness Test

Pass Grade 6 State Referee Fitness Test

Practical Evaluation

Passing Assessment on minimum 80 minute                            11 v 11 game as Referee

Annual Recertification Requirements

Training

Attendance at an annual re-certification clinic

Laws of the Game Test

Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test

Fitness Test

Pass Grade 6 State Referee Fitness Test

Practical Evaluation

                   Passing Assessment on minimum 80 minute,                           11 v 11 game as Referee

 

Notes

All State Referee Association requirements must be made public. 

All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there are no minimum number of hours associated with either requirement.

At a minimum, U.S. Soccer recommends that training includes the completion of all online training materials for the Grade 7 Referee Course.

To remain at Grade 7, any Grade 7 Referee who attained their date of grade prior to 7-1-2015 are exempt from fitness and assessment requirements.

To be eligible for recommendation for assignments in the Dev. Academy League or USSF Div 3 games, a Grade 7 must pass the Grade 6 fitness test and pass an assessment as referee on one game annually.  That assessed game must be 80 minutes, DSC, 11 vs 11, by Grade 7 or higher approved assessor.

 

Grade 7 – Amateur Adult Referee

The purpose of the Grade 7 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the amateur adult game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

 

Certification Requirements

Age

Recommended Minimum 18 Years of Age

Previous Game Experience

None

Previous Grade Experience

None

Training

Pass the Grade 7 Referee Course

Laws of the Game Test

Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test

Fitness Test

Not Applicable

Practical Evaluation

Not Applicable

Annual Recertification Requirements

Training

Recommend attending an annual re-certification clinic

Laws of the Game Test

Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test

Fitness Test

Not Applicable

Practical Evaluation

Not Applicable

 

Notes

All State Referee Association requirements must be made public. 

All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there are no minimum number of hours associated with either requirement.

At a minimum, U.S. Soccer recommends that training includes the completion of all online training materials for the Grade 7 Referee Course.