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.

New Grassroots Referee
Registration Checklist

Minimum age requirement: 13 Years of age

  • Cost of $55 paid online: To register and pay: click here

Create a U.S. profile for the Referee.

The “Grassroots Referee Online Course” is the first of two course requirement components that must be completed through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.

  • To complete this course: Click here [Duration of course: 4 hours]

After creating your profile, check your email inbox or spam folder for an email verification link sent by U.S. Soccer. Click on it to verify your email address. Note: If registering referee is a minor, both the referee and a parent must each click on the verification link.

“Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments” is the second part of two course requirement components that must be completed through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.

  • To complete this course: Click here [Duration of course: 25 minutes]

Register to attend a Grassroots Referee In Person (3 hours) Field Training session.

Compliance Requirements

If you are 18 years of age or older and registering to become a referee, you must also complete the following two compliance items…

If you are 18 or older, you will need to complete the Department of Justice (DOJ) background check and Live Scan fingerprinting process.

  • To complete this, download the Live Scan form and instructions: Click here

SafeSport Training needs to be completed annually by all referees 18 years or older.

  • To register for a SafeSport Training course through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center: Click here
Additional Officiating Elements

Join a local Referee Association in order to receive matches for work.

  • To find a Referee Association in your area: Click here

Capelli Sport is the Official Apparel Provider for the Cal South Referee Program. Look professional out on the pitch with our line of Cal South Referee Program logo polos, jackets, and t-shirts.  Need referee uniforms? Training gear for both on and off the field? Our pricing is economical and easily affordable!

GET YOUR GEAR NOW!

Recertification for All
Referee License Checklist

Minimum age requirement: 14 Years of age

  • Cost paid online: To register and pay: click here

As part of the recertification process, referees must take and pass the online U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee Recertification Quiz.

  • To take Recert Online Quiz [English]: Click here
  • Prueba de Recertificación [Español]: Clic aqui

Referee wishing to recertify must complete courses on Concussion Training and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training, unless they have already taken and been verified through the Introduction to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments course.

  • To go through the National Federation of High Schools site:
  • To go through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center:
    • Introduction to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments: Click here

If you have already been verified on this information, you can skip this step.

Compliance Requirements

Only if you are 18 years of age or older.

If you are 18 or older, you will need to complete the Department of Justice (DOJ) background check and Live Scan fingerprinting process. Note: This process need only be completed once within Cal South.

  • To complete this, download the Live Scan form and instructions: Click here

SafeSport Training needs to be completed annually by all referees 18 years or older. SafeSport Training is available within two platforms. Please log back into the website you used previously to continue with your saved progress.

  • To register for a SafeSport Training course through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center: Click here
  • To register for a SafeSport Training course through the SafeSport site: Click here
Additional Officiating Elements

Join a local Referee Association in order to receive matches for work.

  • To find a Referee Association in your area: Click here

Capelli Sport is the Official Apparel Provider for the Cal South Referee Program. Look professional out on the pitch with our line of Cal South Referee Program logo polos, jackets, and t-shirts.  Need referee uniforms? Training gear for both on and off the field? Our pricing is economical and easily affordable!

GET YOUR GEAR NOW!

Cal South Referee Store

[click link or image above to visit store & see approved uniform designs]

EMAIL NEWSLETTER
Are you interested in receiving The Official Word,
our monthly referee email newsletter?

REPORT A CONCERN
SafeSport safe reporting is available for our Referee community,

If you notice any misconduct among your colleagues on- or off-the-field, please report it using this link.

REPORT A CONCERN

Current Certification Year: 2022 (Badges are good until December 31, 2022).

2023 Referee registrations are now open!

REFEREE GRADES

  • Minimum Age: 13
  • Referees who officiate in grassroots and youth competitions, small-sided games, recreational and competitive youth competitions, and adult amateur competitions
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Referees who officiate in competitions organized at regional or provincial level & adult games below the top division. Competitive youth and adult national competitions
  • All youth games and amateur adult games below the top division. Professional leagues Division I or under.
  • Referees who officiate in the professional competitions organized by the Member Association

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.

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.

Contacts

Juan Guzman, Jr.
State Referee Administrator 
jguzman@calsouth.com
626-487-0141

Lee Eichenbaum
State Director of Instruction
leichenbaum@calsouth.com

Rick Rehm
State Director of Assessment
rrehm@calsouth.com

Robert Pennoyer
Cal South Board Referee Representative
rpennoyer@calsouth.com

Andre Wolas
Director of Assignment
awolas@calsouth.com

Robert Karmann
Committee Secretary
rkarmann@calsouth.com

Gabriel Goldsman
Director of SRC Events
ggoldsman@calsouth.com

Laura Dudoit
Program Coordinator, Regional Registrar
ldudoit@calsouth.com