Project Description

REFEREES

The Cal South Referee Program’s goal is to create and grow a qualified and well-trained group of referees. These referees will be instructed at and held to the highest standards with the intent of maintaining a safe and enjoyable playing environment for Cal South members of all ages and skill levels. Cal South referees will thoroughly understand and appropriately apply the Laws of the Game. The Cal South Referee Program strives to actively recruit, develop, certify and advance referees for all levels of play.

How to become a referee

Current Certification Year: 2019 –  (2019 badges are good until December 31st, 2019)
2019 referees can start officiating as soon as they receive their ID and badge for the remainder of 2019.
Registration for 2020 Certification opens July 1st, 2019.
2020 referees can start officiating as soon as they receive their ID and badge for the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020.

There are two entry level referee grades:

GRADE 9: For officiating youth recreational games only

  • You’ll need to register and pay your USSF fees ($40)
  • Complete the grade 9 online modules
  • Make sure you have a current picture in your referee profile
  • For Adults Only- Get fingerprinted for Cal South

To be directed to the Grade 9 registration links click here

Grade 8: For officiating youth competitive & recreational games

  • You’ll need to register and pay your USSF fees ($55)
  • Register to attend a 4 hour field training
  • Take your online grade 8 modules
  • Make sure you have a current picture in your referee profile
  • For Adults Only- Get fingerprinted for Cal South

REFEREE GRADES

  • A. Minimum Age: None
  • B. Authorized Assignment Level: Referee on small sided recreational youth games.
  • A. Minimum Age: None
  • B. Recommended Assignment Level: All youth games, assistant referee in comparable games.
  • A. Minimum Age: 18
  • B. Recommended Assignment Level: All youth games and amateur adult games below the top division. Based on level of training, officials are assigned accordingly.
  • A. Minimum Age: 18
  • B. Recommended Assignment Level: All youth games and adult amateur games through second division and assistant referee in the top adult division and Amateur Cup games.
  • A. Minimum Age: 19
  • B. Recommended Assignment Level: All youth games and adult games including first division and assistant referee in professional league and international cup games.
  • A. Minimum Age: 23
  • B. Badge: U.S. Soccer National Referee, with current year.
  • C. Recommended Assignment Level: All games except formal FIFA international matches; assistant referee for international matches.
  • D. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • A. Minimum Age: 23
  • B. Badges: U.S. Soccer Professional Referee, with current year and National Referee, with current year.
  • C. Recommended Assignment Level: All games except formal FIFA international matches.
  • D. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • E. By invitation of U.S. Soccer.
  • A. Minimum Age: 23
  • B. Badge: FIFA Assistant Referee, with current year, on international matches.*
  • C. Recommended Assignment Level: All games.
  • D. U.S. Citizen.
  • E. By nomination of U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, and approved by FIFA.
  • A. Minimum Age: 25
  • B. Badge: FIFA, with current year.
  • C. Recommended Assignment Level: All games.
  • D. U.S. Citizen.
  • E. By nomination of U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, and approved by FIFA.

The U.S. Soccer Federation grade and title of an official will be determined solely by the standards and examinations issued by the U.S. Soccer Referee Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors. Annual re-examination is required. A referee must officiate at the next – higher level to accumulate experience to be certified competent at that level.

Assignors must exercise care to increase the difficulty level of the game assignments in a gradual and orderly manner for the good of the official and of the players. *International Assistant Referees must wear U.S. Soccer National Referee badge when assigned as referee in domestic matches.

Contacts

George Noujaim
Chairman, State Referee Administrator 
gnoujaim@calsouth.com
951-505-8348 (C)
714-441-0715 (F)

Randall Reyes
State Director of Instruction
lawfive01@yahoo.com
623-363-7374 (C)

Kelly Mock
State Director of Assessment
kmock@calsouth.com
760-470-9164

Rosalie Kramm
Collegiate Advisor
rosalie@kramm.com

Toros Kibritjian
National Assessor
tkibritjian@calsouth.com
626-222-4010

Dan Sobieski
State Referee Committee Secretary
dsobieski@calsouth.com

Kia Dehpanah
Director Indoor/Beach Soccer
kdehpanah@aol.com
619-339-3284

Aileen Martinez
State Registrar
refereeregistration@calsouth.com
714-451-1532

Dennis Wickham
Referee Disciplinary Counsel
wickham@scmv.com
619-980-9247