Referee Development

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RISE SC offers the opportunity for interested affiliates to become a certified referee.

Previous playing experience is not required. To start refereeing, you must successfully complete a referee clinic to get certified. The purpose of the U.S. Soccer Grade Referee Course 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 to the most appropriate age group and level to best serve the game and the referees.

There are currently two introduction classes:
Grade 9: Recreational Youth Referee: For kids 12 to 13 years of age to be certified to referee small-sided and recreational youth games.
Grade 8: Competitive Youth Referee: For people 14 years or older to be certified to referee competitive youth games.

The referee clinics consist of three parts:

  • A self-paced online course
  • A half-day classroom session (The online portion must be completed a few days prior to the classroom session)
  • A certification test

Future referees must complete all three sections to pass the course and be registered with U.S. Soccer. This simple process offers a great opportunity to learn more about soccer while staying fit and making extra money.

Referee Clinic Schedule:

The schedule of clinics and registration can be found on the South Texas Soccer Referees (you must register to see full schedule). The clinic costs $30 plus a registration fee of $50-$75. However, these fees are eligible for reimbursement from RISE SC once a new referee has worked six games or more for the club.

Upcoming Clinics hosted by RISE:

Saturday, March 30, 2019 9am-1pm at McGovern

Full Clinic Schedule (including RISE hosted clinics)

RISE normally hosts referee clinics every August and in January/February with additional clinics as needed.

Register on the South Texas Soccer Referees site.

Benefits to Refereeing:

  • Learning the laws and rules of the game
  • Be part of a networking circle that is just as passionate about soccer as you are
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Improve your communication and decision-making skills
  • Boost your income


Referees are paid by age group (length of game) and position (center/assistant). Certified referees can work games at RISE SC fields, as well as work games sanctioned by other US Soccer affiliated organizations. A center referee can earn from $25-$60 per game, while an assistant referee can earn $15-35 per game.

For more information or questions or information:

South Texas Soccer Referees site

RISE SC Ref Assignor   /