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 be at least 13 years or older and successfully complete all parts of a referee clinic to get certified. The purpose of the U.S. Soccer 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.

Starting with the 2020 registration cycle (beginning July 1, 2019), U.S. Soccer will move from nine referee grades to five referee licenses. For more information, see: New Grassroots Referee Program

To get certified as a referee, you must:

  • Complete a self-paced online referee course through U.S. Soccer (about 4-5 hours)
  • Complete an in-person on-field training clinic (usually 3-4 hours)
  • Pass the Grassroots Referee Certification Quiz
  • Complete a background check and Sfae Sport training (if 18 years or older)

The online course does not need to be completed prior to attending the in-person clinic, though it is highly recommend that you do.

Future referees must complete all of the above to 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 online portion of the class can be done anytime on the US Soccer Learning Center for Referees. If you have a US Soccer Coaching license via the DCC (Digital Coaching Center), you can use the same registration. The cost of the online course is $20.

To finish the certification process, you must participate in a short in-person clinic. The schedule of in-person clinics and registration can be found on the US Soccer Learning Center for Referees. The cost of these clinics varies, but is approximately $62.

New referees in South Texas must register on the South Texas Soccer Referees website in order to be eligible for game assignments.

The clinic 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, July 27, 2019 10am-1pm at McGovern
Saturday, August 17, 2019 10am-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.

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

Pay

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:

South Texas Soccer Referees
US Soccer Referee Program
US Soccer Learning Center for Referees

RISE SC Ref Assignor   /  ref.assignor@risesc.org

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