Entry Level Referee Grades

NOTE: Referee grades are not school grades. 

United States Soccer Federation Assistant Referee Grade 12  ELIMINATED
  1. Minimum Age: None (State Associations may set minimum age for their games.)
  2. Badge: USSF Assistant Referee with current year
  3. Attend 8-hour training course taught by certified USSF instructors. Pass written test. 
  4. Authorized Assignment Level: Assistant Referee on all youth and adult games
  5. Note to Assignors: Minimum age of 17 suggested for assignment to adult level games.
United States Soccer Federation Recreational Referee Grade 9
  1. Minimum Age: None
  2. Badge: USSF Recreational Referee with current year (blue badge)
  3. Attend10-hour Recreational Referee training course taught by certified USSF instructors. Pass written test. 
  4. Authorized Assignment Level:  Referee on recreational youth games U-14 and younger and assistant referee on any game U-14 or below
United States Soccer Federation Referee Grade 8
  1. Minimum Age: None
  2. Badge: USSF Referee with current year
  3. Attend 16-hour Entry Level Referee training course taught by certified USSF instructors. Pass written test. 
  4. Recommended Assignment Level: All youth games and assistant referee in comparable games. Will vary based on assignors and leagues.
Annual Recertification Requirements for Grades 12, 9 and 8
These are the annual requirements to be completed before December 31 to maintain current referee grade:
  • Attendance at 5-hour entry level referee re-certification class and pass written test
 
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