The New Referee training course is a 16 hour course with half of the time spent online and the other half in the classroom. It is designed to provide entry level referee skills and information through classroom and field training for candidates. Emphasis is on preparing for youth program participation – including recreational and competive games. Field emphasis is on practice of specific procedures.
Participants must be at least 12 years old at the beginning of clinic to attend a New Referee course; those under 14 years old will be registered as a Level 9 Referee and can only be be assigned to recreational games. Administration of the USSF written examination is included at the course. Minimum passing score is 75%.
There are costs associated with becoming a referee but can quickly earn that back after officiating their first few games.
A course fee of approximately $100 covers the costs associated with attending the course. You’ll also need a uniform. Entry level starter uniform kits start around $40.