Project Description


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.

Entry level referee grade:

Grassroots Referee (Previous Grade 9 & Grade 8)

  • You’ll need to register and pay your annual USSF fees ($55) through Cal South
  • Register to attend a 5-hour In-person field training
  • Take the Grassroots Online course through U.S Soccer (FREE) – Click here for course
  • Make sure you have a current picture in your referee profile
  • Minimum Age: 13 years old
  • For Adults Only- Get fingerprinted for Cal South and complete SafeSport Training.


  • 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.


George Noujaim
Chairman, State Referee Administrator
951-505-8348 (C)
714-441-0715 (F)

Randall Reyes
State Director of Instruction
623-363-7374 (C)

Kelly Mock
State Director of Assessment

Rosalie Kramm
Collegiate Advisor

Toros Kibritjian
National Assessor

Dan Sobieski
State Referee Committee Secretary

Kia Dehpanah
Director Indoor/Beach Soccer

Laura Dudoit
Program Coordinator, Regional Registrar

Aileen Martinez
Grassroots Referee Registrar

Dennis Wickham
Referee Disciplinary Counsel