MAINTENANCE & UPGRADE REQUIREMENTS

REGISTRATION YEAR REGISTRATION PERIOD OPENS REGISTRATION PERIOD CLOSES CERTIFICATION VALID FROM CERTIFICATION VALID TO
2018 July 1, 2017 June 14, 2018* Date Approved Dec 31, 2018
2019 July 1, 2018 June 14, 2019* Date Approved Dec 31, 2019
2020 July 1, 2019 June 14, 2020* Date Approved Dec 31, 2020
2021 July 1, 2020 June 14, 2021* Date Approved Dec 31, 2021

* Registration Period Close is strict to allow Cal South enough time to process your registration with the US Soccer Federation.

Cal South Certification, Re-Certification (Maintenance)
and Upgrading Requirements

The purpose of the Grade 9 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the small sided and recreational youth game.

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Certification Requirements
USSF Registration Fee Cost of $40 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 9 Online Modules located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training”
Once there, select “Grade 9”
Re-Certification Requirements
Annual Training 5 In-Service hours offered by local Referee Associations
USSF Registration Fee Cost of $40 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 9 Online Modules located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training”
Once there, select “Grade 9”

The purpose of the Grade 8 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the competitive youth game.

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Upgrade Certification Requirements
Previous Grade 9 Experience Cal South Affiliated League Games for one previous year:
20 games
Annual Traning 5 In-Service Hours offered by local Referee Associations or League
USSF Registration Fee Cost of $55 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 8 Online Modules located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training
Select “Grade 8”
Re-Certification Requirements
Annual Training 5 In-Service Hours offered by local Referee Associations
USSF Registration Fee Cost of $55 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 8 Online Modules located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training
Select “Grade 8”

The purpose of the emeritus grades is to allow officials to retire from the game at the highest referee grade they attained. It may not be used to circumvent any registration, certification or recertification requirements mandated by U.S. Soccer or the State Referee Association.

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Upgrade Certification Requirements
Age
*New to 2017*
Minimum 45 years of age
Previous Grade Experience State Referee grade and above for three years
Annual Training 5 In-Service Hours offered by local Referee Associations or League
USSF Registration Fee Cost of $90 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 6 State Online Modules (13 Modules total) located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training
Select “Grade 6”
Re-Certification Requirements
Annual Training 5 In-Service Hours offered by local Referee Associations
USSF Registration Fee Cost of $90 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 6 State Online Modules (13 Modules Total) located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training
Select “Grade 6”
  • Per US Soccer: “The purpose of the emeritus grades is to allow officials to retire from the game at the highest referee grade they attained when state level or higher. It may not be used to circumvent any registration, certification or recertification requirements mandated by U.S Soccer or State Referee Association.”
  • The three years do not have to be consecutive or immediately preceding the request to emeritus status.
Referee Grade Emeritus Grade
6 15
5 15
4 13
3 13

The purpose of the Grade 7 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the amateur adult game.

Mid-Year Upgrading Option to Grade 7 after January 2019- June 2019

At that time of the year, if an individual has not completed their 5 RPD or attended and Upgrade class they have two options:

  1. Register as a Grade 8 for 2019. Then with more time on your hands, start attending RPD trainings at your leisure to fulfill requirements and be ready for 2019 registration. (This option would be best for those who are not in a hurry to upgrade)
  2. Register as a Grade 8 for 2019. In the meanwhile continue to work for a Mid-Year Grade Change. You will need to attend 5 RPD. Once you are done, you will need to pay the Change Grade fee of $20. This can be paid via Check, Credit Card. (This option is best fit for those individuals who would be interested in taking the Grade 6 Upgrade for 2020. You must remember that you will need to take another 5 RPD to be applied for that 2020 certification)
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Upgrade Certification Requirements
Age
Minimum 18 years of age
Previous Grade 8 Experience One year as previous Grade 8 Referee
Previous Game Experience Cal South Affiliated League Games for the prior two years:

  • 40 games as Referee &
  • 25 games as AR
Annual Training
  • 5 In-Service Hours offered by local Referee Associations
  • 5 Referee Professional Development (RPD)
  • Only one In-Service hour and only one RPD training can be counted per month

Pre-register by clicking here.

USSF Registration Fee Cost of $60 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 7 Online Modules located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training
Select “Grade 7”
Re-Certification Requirements
Annual Training
  • 5 In-Service Hours offered by local Referee Associations
  • 3 Referee Professional Development (RPD)
  • Only one in-service hour and only one RPD training can be counted per month

Pre-register by clicking here.

USSF Registration Fee Cost of $60 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Complete the Grade 7 Online Modules located at ussoccer.com
Select “More”
Select “Referee Program”
Select “Resource Center”
Select “Online Training
Select “Grade 7”

NOTES

  • Those who have not completed all the required Annual Trainings must attend the Grade 7 Upgrade class held in the fall later during the year.

The purpose of the State Referee Course is to prepare officials for the most competitive matches within their state and region.

As Stated by United States Soccer Federation:

“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 grade requirements. These advanced standards should be specific to the needs of local competitions or specific to participation in state level development programs….

Again, 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.

FiFA Sprint and Interval Test    –   For 2019 Certification

Cal South State Referee Fitness Test    –   For Competitive Game Assignment

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Upgrade Certification Requirements
Age
Minimum 18 years of age
Previous Grade 7 Experience One year as previous Grade 7 Referee
Previous Game Experience Cal South Affiliated League Games for the prior two years:

  • 50 games as Referee & (25 games as Grade 7)
  • 25 games as AR (10 games as Grade 7)
Annual Training
  • 5 In-Service Hours offered by local Referee Associations
  • 5 Referee Professional Development (RPD)
  • Only one In-Service hour and only one RPD training can be counted per month

Pre-register by clicking here.

USSF Registration Fee Cost of $90 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Pass the State Referee Test given online by Cal South SRC
Fitness Test Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

  • Test 1 – Repeated Sprint Ability Test (RSA)
    6x40m sprints with a maximum of nine seconds per sprint
  • Test 2 – Interval Test
    10 laps with a maximum of 45 seconds for the 150 meter run
    10 laps with a maximum of 45 seconds for the 50 meter walk
Practical Evaluation 2 passing assessments as a Referee is required from an affiliated Youth/Adult division game with a minimum of 40 minute halves, by 2 different State Assessors

NOTES

  • Those who have not completed all the required Annual Trainings must attend the Grade 6 Upgrade class held in the fall later during the year.
  • For detailed Fitness Test information click here
Re-Certification Requirements
Annual Training
  • 5 In-Service hours offered by local referee organizations
  • 3 Referee Professional Development (RPD)
  • Only one In-Service Hour and only one RPD training can be counted per month

Pre-register by clicking here.

USSF Registration Fee Cost of $90 paid online:
Register and pay by clicking here.
Laws of the Game Test Pass the State Referee Test given online by Cal South SRC
Fitness Test Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

  • Test 1 – Repeated Sprint Ability Test (RSA)
    6x40m sprints with maximum of nine seconds per sprint
  • Test 2 – Interval Test
    10 laps with maximum of 45 seconds for the 150 meter run
    10 laps with maximum of 45 seconds for the 50 meter walk
Practical Evaluation 2 passing assessments as a Referee is required from an affiliated Youth/Adult division game with a minimum of 40 minute halves, by 2 different State Assessors

NOTES

  • Those who have not completed all the required Annual Trainings must attend the Grade 6 Upgrade class held in the fall later during the year.
  • For detailed Fitness Test information click here

State Grade 5 are no longer associated as National Candidates, but are State Referees who are selected by their State Referee Association, not by US Soccer.

FiFA Sprint and Interval Test   –   For 2019 Certification

For Application Portfolio click here.

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Upgrade Certification Requirements
Portfolio
Portfolios must be submitted by 4/1/2018. Limited selection will be conducted by the SRA selection committee.
All portfolio applications must show track selected. (Assistant Referee or Referee). Portfolio must include all requirements posted below.
Age
Minimum 19 years of age
Previous Grade 6 Experience One year as previous Grade 6 Referee
Previous Game Experience
*New to 2018*
Cal South Affiliated League Games for the previous two years:

  • 50 games as Referee & (25 games as Grade 6)
  • 25 games as AR (10 games as Grade 6)
  • Participation at 1 National USSDA Showcase (16/17U & 18/19U age groups) in the previous year (by April 1, 2018)
Annual Training
  • 5 In-Service Hours offered by Cal South Registered Referee Associations
  • 5 Referee Professional Development (RPD)
  • Only one In-Service hour and only one RPD training can be counted per month

Pre-register by clicking here.

USSF Registration Fee Cost of $100 paid online:
Register & pay by clicking here
Laws of the Game Test Pass the National Test
Fitness Test For Referee Track: Pass the FIFA RSA and Interval Tests

  • Test 1 – Repeated Sprint Ability Test (RSA)
    6x40m sprints with a maximum of 6.4 seconds per sprint
  • Test 2 – Interval Test
    10 laps with a maximum of 17 seconds for the 75 meter run
    10 laps with a maximum of 20 seconds for the 25 meter walk

For Assistant Referee Track: Pass the FIFA, CODA, RSA & Interval Tests

  • Test 1 – Change of Direction Ability Test (CODA)
    One time only – (1) 10m x 8m x 8m x10m sprint in 11 seconds
  • Test 2 – Repeated Sprint Ability Test (RSA)
    5 x 30m Sprints with maximum of 5.10 seconds per sprint
  • Test 3 – Interval Test
    10 laps with maximum of 17 seconds for the 75 meter run
    10 laps with maximum of 22 seconds for the 25 meter run
Practical Evaluation 3 passing assessments as a Referee is required from 2 affiliated Adult division games and 1 youth game with a minimum of 40 minute halves, by 3 different National Assessors. This applies to both Referee Track & Assistant Referee track
Time Table Completed Portfolio must be submitted before April 1, 2018
Annual Training Period: July 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Registration and payment: completed before April 1, 2018
Pass National Test: July 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Fitness Test Period: July 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Practical Evaluation Period: April 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018

NOTES

  • For detailed Fitness Test information click here
Re-Certification Requirements
Portfolio Portfolios must be submitted for re-selection. Limited selection will be conducted by the SRA selection committee. All portfolio applications must show track selected. (Assistant Referee or Referee)
Portfolio must include all requirements posted below
Annual Training
  • 5 In-Service hours offered by Cal South Registered Referee Associations
  • 3 Referee Professional Development (RPD)
  • Only one In-Service Hour and only one RPD training can be counted per month

Pre-register by clicking here.

USSF Registration Fee Cost of $100 paid online:
Register and pay by clicking here.
Laws of the Game Test Pass the National Test
Game Activity
  • 15 games as Main Referee (Center Referee)
  • 20 games as Assistant Referee
  • 25 games as Assistant Referee (Assistant Referee Track)
  • Participation at 1 National USSDA Showcase (16/17U & 18/19U age groups) in the previous year (by April 1, 2018)
Fitness Test: Only be allowed to take Fitness test that complies with your declared track

Referee Track or Assistant Referee Track

For Referee Track: Pass the FIFA RSA and Interval Tests

  • Test 1 – Repeated Sprint Ability Test (RSA)
    6 x 40m sprints with maximum of 6.4 seconds per sprint
  • Test 2 – Interval test
    10 laps with maximum of 17 seconds for the 75 meter run
    10 laps with maximum of 20 seconds for the 25 meter walk

For Assistant Referee Track: Pass the FIFA CODA, RSA & Interval Tests

  • Test 1 – Change of Direction Ability Test (CODA)
    One time only – (1) 10m x 8m x 8m x 10m sprint in 11 seconds
  • Test 2 – Repeated Sprint Ability Test (RSA)
    5 x 30m sprints with maximum of 5.10 seconds per sprint
  • Test 3 – Interval Test
    10 laps with maximum of 17 seconds for the 75 meter run
    10 laps with maximum of 22 seconds for the 25 meter walk
Practical Evaluation 3 passing assessments as a Referee is required from 2 affiliated Adult division games and 1 youth game with a minimum of 40 minute halves, by 3 different National Assessors. This applies to both Referee Track & Assistant Referee track
Time Table Completed Portfolio must be submitted before April 1, 2018
Annual Training Period: July 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Registration and payment: completed before April 1, 2018
Pass National Test: July 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Fitness Test Period: July 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Practical Evaluation Period: April 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018

NOTES

  • For detailed Fitness Test information click here

The purpose of the Grade 8 Futsal Referee Course is to prepare officials for amateur futsal competitions at the youth and adult levels.

The purpose of the Grade 8 Indoor Referee Course is to prepare officials for amateur indoor competitions at the youth and adult levels.

U.S. Soccer recommends that these instructors be utilized to teach courses and clinics for Grades 9-8-7 Referees.

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For application for new Instructors, please click here

Certification Requirements
Previous Experience Grade 6 or 7 Referee Experience
Training Pass the Grade 7 Instructor Course
Laws of the Game Pass the Grade 7 Instructor Test
Practical Evaluation Instruct one clinic assigned by State Referee Association
Annual Recertification Requirements
In-Service Training
  • 2 SRC Recertification Classes
  • 3 Referee Professional Development (RPD) sessions
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 6 Referee Test
Practical Evaluation 1 assessment in a referee clinic by a State Instructor

Notes

  • All State Referee Association requirements must be made public
  • To successfully complete the course, candidates must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and display effective practical skills as evaluated and determined by the course instructor(s) assigned by the State Referee Association
  • 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
  • The minimum passing test score is 80% and all testing requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association

U.S. Soccer recommends that these instructors be utilized to teach courses and clinics for Grades 9-8-7-6-5 Referees. They can also be used to teach instructors, assessors and assignors as needed by the State Referee Association.

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Certification Requirements
Previous Experience
  • Grade 5 State Referee and
  • Grade 7 Instructor
Training Pass the U.S Soccer State Instructor Course
Laws of the Game Pass the National Test
Practical Evaluation Instruct one clinic assigned by State Referee Association
Annual Recertification Requirements
In-Service Training
  • 2 SRC Recertification Classes
  • 5 Referee Professional Development (RPD) sessions
Laws of the Game Test Pass the National Test
Practical Evaluation 1 assessment in a referee clinic by a member of the SRC and/or Referee Coach

Notes

  • Interested new State Instructor candidates must be nominated by their SDI to U.S. Soccer and U.S. Soccer must approve the nomination
  • To successfully complete the course, candidates must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and display effective practical skills as evaluated and determined by the course instructor(s) assigned by U.S. Soccer
  • The minimum passing test score is 80% and all testing requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association
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For application for new assignors, please click here.

Submit Upgrade/Emeritus Applications forms to: refereeregistration@calsouth.com

Incomplete or missing Upgrade/Emeritus Applications will not be processed and will delay your process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In your email please include the information of assessment (Dates of Assessment, Assessor, Upgrade/Maintenance)