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Get The Best Seat on The Pitch - Become A Referee!

 

Referees are Important to Soccer Success!

 

The referee's job is to manage the game and enforce the Laws of the Game. Referees must ensure that the game is safe, fair and fun for everyone: players, coaches, spectators, and themselves.  Referees are critical to soccer success, a game cannot be played without them.

How to Become a Soccer Referee in Colorado

Who Am I?

Referee Grade

Courses Required

 

 

Online Course

Field session

 

I am 12 - 13 years old and have never reffed before

 

USSF Grade 9

(9 hour course)

 

US Soccer Grade 9 Recreational Referee Course

 

Recreational Referee On Field Training

 

I am at least 12 yrs old and I ref my club's rec games

 

USSF Grade 9

(9 hour course)

 

Club Ref to
 US Soccer Grade 9 Referee
 (approval required)**

 

No

 

I am at least 14 years old and am/have been a Grade 9 Referee

 

USSF Grade 8

(9 hour course)

 

US Soccer Gr 9 to Grade 8 Bridge Course
 (access code required) **

 

No

 

 

 

I am at least 14 yrs old and have never been a referee

 

 

 

 

USSF Grade 8

18 hour course

 

US Soccer Grade 8 Course

 

Referee Grade 8 On Field Training Session

OR

 

US Soccer Grade 8 Course
Field Session + Class Review
 (9 hour in person session + online test)

No Sessions offered at this time

 

I am at least 14 yr old and I was a Grade 9 referee more than 2 years but less than 5 years ago

 

USSF Grade 8

(9 hour course)

 

US Soccer Gr 9 to Grade 8 Bridge Course
 (access code required) **

 

No

 

I am a Grade 8 referee who hasn't recertified in the last 5 years

 

USSF Grade 8

(6 hour course)

 

Lapse in Registration               Re-Certification Course        (access code required)**

 

No

 

I was a referee more than 5 years ago.  I want to come back and help!

 

USSF Grade 8

(8 hour course)

 

"Fast Track" Grade 8 Referee Course

   (access code required)**

 

No

       

* Grade 9 referees can attend any Gr 8 course field session if there is not a Grade 9 session
** To confirm availability for this course, please email RefEducation@ColoradoReferees.com

Have more questions?  Email RefEducation@ColoradoReferees.com

 

The online coursework requires you to complete the appropriate course at USSOCCER.COM (5-10 hrs) and Colorado online modules in the Colorado Registration, Learning and Course Management site (5-8 hrs) and in some cases, a field session. You must complete all components to meet the requirements of each referee grade.

Once you complete a course, you will be certified by U.S. Soccer as either recreational referee or a entry level referee. These beginner level courses are just the start of your career and are the first steps in the US Soccer Referee Program. With game experience, continuing education and dedication, you can advance as a referee.

 

 

Additional Costs

 

Every new referee will also need to purchase a basic "starter kit" including uniform, whistle, flags and data wallet - everything needed to work a game except for shoes, a watch and a pencil. This kit runs about $65 and is available from several vendors online or may be purchased from the local Colorado OSI representative. You will probably need one additional shirt of a different color, adding about another $30 to your uniform costs. 

 

When Will My Certification Expire?

  • If you complete your training between Jan 1 and May 30, your registration is good until Dec 31 of the current year.
  • If you complete your training between July 1 and Dec 31, your registration is good until Dec 31 of the next year.

 

Did you take a course and need to know what to do next?

 

Contact Assignors in your area HERE (will open a new window on your computer)

 

US Soccer ADVICE TO PARENTS OF NEW REFEREES

 
 
 
usyouthsoccer.org