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Outdoor Regional Referee Certification Requirements

U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program
Regional Referee Certification Requirements
July 2019


State Referee Association Standards

Where provided, U.S. Soccer expects State Referees 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 grade, 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.

Regional Referee – 

The purpose of the Regional Course is to prepare officials for the adult and competitive pro and semi-pro level. 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

18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER *1

Previous Game Experience

50 GAMES AS A REFEREE AND 25 AS AN ASSISTANT REFEREE AT THE LOCAL ADULT AMATEUR LEVEL *2

Previous Grade Experience

MINIMUM OF THREE (3) YEARS AS GRASSROOTS REFEREE *3

Training

REGIONAL REFEREE COURSE

STATE CONCUSSION TRAINING

SMALL SIDED GAMES TRAINING

Laws of the Game Test

ONLINE - REGIONAL TEST

                             SAFETY and Compliance

                                SAFESPORT TRAINING

                           STATE BACKGROUND CHECK

Fitness Test

SPRINT / INTERVAL TESTS

(USSF REGIONAL REFEREE TEST)

Practical Evaluation

MINIMUM OF TWO (2) PASSING EVALUATIONS AS A REFEREE AT THE ADULT AMATEUR LEVEL.  ONE (1) PASSING EVALUATION AS AN ASSISTANT REFEREE AT THE ADULT AMATEUR LEVEL.  ONE REFEREE EVALUATION CAN BE AT THE HIGHEST YOUTH LEVEL. (U18 OR U19) *4

Annual Recertification Requirements

Training

Attendance at a MO re-certification clinic

RE-REGISTRATION *2

Laws of the Game Test

SAFESPORT TRAINED

ANNUAL STATE BACKGROUND CHECK

ONLINE - REGIONAL TEST *2

Fitness Test

SPRINT / INTERVAL TESTS

(USSF REGIONAL REFEREE TEST) *3

Practical Evaluation

MINIMUM OF TWO (2) PASSING EVALUATIONS AS A REFEREE AT THE ADULT AMATEUR LEVEL.  ONE (1) PASSING EVALUATION AS AN ASSISTANT REFEREE AT THE ADULT AMATEUR LEVEL.  ONE REFEREE EVALUATION CAN BE AT THE HIGHEST YOUTH LEVEL. (U18 OR U19) *4

 

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 9 Referee Course.

* MO requires class room session.

*1 MUST BE 18 PRIOR TO REQUEST FOR UPGRADE

*2 MUST HAVE GAME COUNTS VALIDATED PRIOR TO UPGRADE REQUEST

*3 MUST HAVE 3 YEARS IN GRADE PRIOR TO REQUEST FOR UPGRADE

*4 EACH ASSESSMENT MUST BE COMPLETED BY A DIFFERENT STATE

     ASSESSOR OR NATIONAL COACH FROM MISSOURI. 

     ALL GAMES MUST BE 90 MIN AND 11 V 11.

     INCOMPLETE, ABANDONED OR TERMINATED GAMES CAN NOT COUNT

 

Re-registration

*1 ATTENDANCE AT STATE LEVEL RECERT CLINIC IS REQUIRED

*2 MUST BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 31 AT STATE LEVEL

*3 MUST BE COMPLETED IN-STATE UNLESS PRIOR APPROVAL BY SRA. 

     THERE WILL BE 3 FREE REGIONAL TESTS ADMINISTERED IN-STATE.

*4 EACH ASSESSMENT MUST BE COMPLETED BY A DIFFERENT STATE

     ASSESSOR OR NATIONAL COACH FROM MISSOURI.