OFFICIAL DATE FOR THE TRANSITION TO “NEW” UNIFORM HAS BEEN CHANGED TO  IS JANUARY 1, 2019 (“SELF ASSIGNING REFEREES” MAY CONTINUE WITH OLD UNIFORM) 

The primary Uniform is:

  • Yellow Shirt and the Green Shirt
  • Black referee shorts
  • Black socks with two stripes with USSF logo
  • Black cleats or soccer shoes

New Shirts Colors include:

  • Blue Shirt  / Red Shirt / Black Shirt / Green Shirt / Yellow Shirt

The new shirt is NOT mandatory until 2019.  The new referees, those taking the entry-level courses will receive a new yellow and new green shirt.

When officiating a game alone, any color which does not conflict with the field players’ shirts and, preferably not the goalkeepers’, may be worn.

In a three-person system, the three officials are required to wear the same color uniforms. If not possible, it is of lesser importance to wear the same length sleeves. Officials must always wear the same color.

Referees who do games year-round should have jerseys that are both short and long sleeved.


WSRO Referees Should Bring To The Game The Following Equipment:

  • A stop watch (second watch as a back-up is recommended)
  • Whistle (plus a spare) to be worn on the wrist, not around the neck nor the hand-held variety
  • Set of line flags
  • Data wallet (score pad)
  • Red and Yellow Cards
  • Pen (or pencil)
  • Flipping Coin
  • Current year USSF Badge

Additional equipment suggested:

  • Carrying Bag
  • Air Pump (small)
  • Sun Screen
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Gloves
  • Bug Spray

A cap is now approved referee gear and is recommended be used to protect from the damaging effects of the sun.  In such case, the hat should be solid black without symbols or logos.

The objective is to maintain a professional and respectful appearance while keeping yourself warm in the cold weather. If you have a short sleeve referee shirt and need to wear something under it to stay warm – wear either black or a color that exactly matches the shirt you are wearing.
Gloves – black in color are suggested.


Stores to get ref equipment:

Official Sports International

Soccer and Rugby Sports (Bronxville NY)