USSF Certification for Affiliated Youth and Amateur Games

US Soccer entry referee course level is now Grassroots Referee, (formerly grade 8 or grade 9)

The referee certification has these components:

  • A four-hour online module on the US Soccer Federation Learning Center website.

  • For those who will have reached 18 years of age by the end of 2020, the one-hour online module on “Safe Sport” online module.

  • In-person classroom training consisting of 4 hours in the class plus another hour on-field training.  (fee $190 includes a full uniform (with two shirts) and gear (line flags, whistle, yellow/red cards, flip coin, carrying bag)).

  • Becoming a member of the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization. (fee $40)

Use the referee student’s proper name and email for all the registrations. (can include parent email as a secondary email with USSF—communications will go to both)

Upon completion of the Learning Center and SafeSport (if required), download and print the certificates—this is critically important as they will be your admission to the local In-Person classroom session, for which there is a separate registration on Game Officials, at which time you will pay for the course certification.   The next in-person class and field session in Westchester will be posted under the “Meetings, Clinic and Courses” tab.  Sessions to follow in various locations in Westchester and Upper Manhattan as well as throughout eastern NY State.  

Click here for the full requirements

Click here for the tutorial for the Learning Center online class

Additional Information

Referees must become members of our association (Westchester Soccer Referee Organization) where they attend clinics, get mentored, etc. Local association dues of $40 will be collected separately.  We will put you in touch with the assignors.  One must be 14 years of age to referee in New York State. The Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL) only assigns (center) referees 15 years and older. But 14 year-olds will find plenty of assignments as Assistant Referees (line), in recreation leagues and for US Club Soccer leagues and tournaments.

The pay is terrific, especially as refs usually do 2 or 3 games per day.  Most referees start with no older than U12 age games until you get some experience.  You select games based upon your availability.  Fees are shown on: 

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