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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:
- 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.