What’s in it for you? Refereeing is a great way for high school kids to learn the laws of soccer and to make some money while they are doing it. It’s also a great way for adults to stay fit and connected to their game, community, and club. Previous playing experience is not required. To start refereeing, you must be at least 13 years or older and successfully complete all parts of a referee clinic to get certified.
Learning the laws of the game
Be part of a networking circle that is passionate about soccer
Boost your income
Improve your communication and decision-making skills
Referee clinic fee reimbursement from RISE
The purpose of the U.S. Soccer Referee Course is to prepare officials for the competitive youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned to the most appropriate age group and level to best serve the game and the referees.
Complete a self-paced online referee course through U.S. Soccer (about 4-5 hours)
Complete an in-person on-field training clinic (usually about 3 hours)
Pass the Grassroots Referee Certification Quiz
Complete a background check and Safe Sport training (if 18 years or older)
Future referees must complete all of the above in order to be properly registered with U.S. Soccer.
The online portion of the class can be done anytime on the US Soccer Learning Center for Referees. If you have a US Soccer Coaching license via the DCC (Digital Coaching Center), you can use the same registration.
To finish the certification process, you must participate in a short in-person clinic. The schedule of in-person clinics and registration can be found on the US Soccer Learning Center for Referees.
New referees in South Texas must register on the South Texas Soccer Referees website in order to be eligible for game assignments.
Due to COVID-19, all referee courses are currently virtual in lieu of an In-Person Field Session for the Grassroots First Time Referee licensing course.
The next virtual clinic for the Houston area will be Sunday, March 14 at 8pm. The online part of the course MUST be completed 48 hours prior to the virtual course. Register for the course online.
The clinic fees (about $80 in total) are eligible for reimbursement from RISE once a new referee has worked six games that the club sponsors (PDF, Rec, HYSA).
Referees pay varies by age group (length of game) and position (center/assistant). Certified referees can work games at RISE fields, as well as work games sanctioned by other US Soccer affiliated organizations. A center referee can earn from $25-$60 per game, while an assistant referee can earn $15-35 per game.