What’s in it for you? Refereeing is a great way for anyone to learn the laws of soccer and to make some money while 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 as well as other U.S. Soccer required trainings to get certified.
Courses are available in both English and Spanish.
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
First time "Grassroots Referees" must complete the following requirements to become certified:
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)
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.
RISE hosts new referree certification classes many times during the year with courses usually in Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov, and Jan/Feb.
The next in-person field session hosted by RISE will be Sunday, March 24th, 2024 from 2:30pm-4:30pm at McGovern Park. While recommended, the online part of the course doesn't need to be completed prior to the field session.
Please Note: Registration usually closes about 48 hours prior to the event (i.e. Friday evening for Sunday courses), so please make sure to register in advance!
If you cannot attend a RISE hosted course, there are usually other opportunities in the greater Houston area.
The clinic fees (about $65 in total) are eligible for reimbursement from RISE once a new referee has worked six games that the club sponsors (PDF, Rec, etc.).
Referees pay varies by age group (length of game), position (center/assistant), and league/level. 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 $30-$80 per game, while an assistant referee can earn $20-60 per game.