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How To Become A Referee

What classes do I have to take to become a referee or upgrade?

Entry Course R9 Online & Classroom

This class is for the first time referee. The Entry Class for R9 has two parts, an online session on the laws and a one-day classroom and field session that focuses on how to officiate. Both sessions are required to complete the course. To begin, register for a class, then log in and begin the Session Tracker. Follow the directions on the screen. Then attend the class you are signed up for. Please note that there will be low-intensity field work at second session, so dress appropriately. You will be required to score a 75% on a 50 question written exam. If you pass, you will receive a teal (blue) Recreational Referee badge which will allow you to referee U-14 and younger recreational games and be an assistant referee on U-14 recreational and select games.

Go to http://www.msysa.org/referees/ to signup for referee classes

The Adult Player-Returning Referee Course is 11 hours of classroom plus an online study course for the simpler laws of the game. It is taught over a single weekend. The online component is at your convenience, but must be completed before the classroom sessions. It is an entry class that covers all the Laws of the Game. It is intended for adults (over 16 years of age) with a minimum of ten years playing experience and referees who have let their registration lapse for more than four years. Requirements include scoring 75% or better on a 100-question test. Successful completion results in obtaining a referee grade 8 badge.

The Upgrade Course R9 to R8, often called the Bridge Class, includes an online session on the basic laws of the game plus six hours in the classroom, usually on a Saturday. The on-field exercise is only one hour. While the class covers all the laws, emphasis is placed on issues encountered at higher levels of play than recreational -- foul recognition and selection, recognizing and dealing with misconduct, managing the game and players -- all at the select level of youth play. The cost is $80. Requirements include scoring 75% or better on a 100-question test. Successful completion results in obtaining a referee grade 8 badge.  

All referees are then required to take an Annual Recertification Course.  The Annual Recertification Course is five hours taught in one session. Requirements for passing include attendance for all five hours and passing a recertification test with a score of 50% for R9 referees, 70% for R8 referees. The cost is $80 if it is taken during the Spring. All materials are provided.

  • For all referee certification classes, including the ones noted below (new and recertification) click here.
  • For all referee certification classes in the state, (new and recertification) click here.

To get a head start in learning the Laws of the Game, review the online training video at:

http://www.ussoccer.com/Referees/Resource-Center/Referee-Resources/Grade-8-Referee-Course.aspx

And read the Guide to Procedures here:

http://www.ussoccer.com/Referees/Resource-Center/Referee-Resources/Zone-1.aspx

Upgrade to R8 from R9 Course
http://gareferees.com/index.cfm?p=classRegister&classID=4772
 
The Upgrade Course R9 to R8, often called the Bridge Class, includes an online session on the basic laws of the game plus six hours in the classroom, usually on a Saturday. The on-field exercise is only one hour. While the class covers all the laws, emphasis is placed on issues encountered at higher levels of play than recreational -- foul recognition and selection, recognizing and dealing with misconduct, managing the game and players -- all at the select level of youth play. The cost is $80. Requirements include scoring 75% or better on a 100-question test. Successful completion results in obtaining a referee grade 8 badge.

  • The first session for the Bridge Class must be completed online at:
  • http://www.ussoccer.com/Referees/Resource-Center/Referee-Resources/Grade-8-Referee-Course.aspx
  • Create a login.
  • Enter the course number under "Clinic number".
  • Review laws 1 through 4, 7 through 10, and 13 through 17 and take the associated quizzes.
  • This material will NOT be taught in the class (you should know most of it) but it WILL BE on the final exam at the end of the course. Bring your confirmation printout to class.

Referee Assignments

If you are a referee and would like to be scheduled for UFA matches, please see the information under "How to Get Assigned".

Referee Payment 

All referees are required to submit a W-9 form. Click here to download the form.  Please mail the form to United Futbol Academy, PO Box 1168, Cumming, GA 30028, or fax it to 678-261-1879. You will not receive a paycheck until UFA has the W9 on file.

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