US Soccer Grade 8 Referee Course
Courses for the 2017-18 Referee Education Year are now open
The purpose of the U.S. Soccer Grade 8 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 accordingly to best serve the game.
In Colorado the Referee Course consists of three parts: online US Soccer modules, field session, and Colorado completion modules. Future referees must complete all three sections in order to successfully pass the course and be registered with U.S. Soccer.
THIS COURSE IS FOR PARTICIPANTS 14 YEARS & OLDER
Cost for this course is $90. Of this, $50 for all three course sections and $40 for first year registration with US Soccer Federation. Course fees are not refundable but may be transferred to a different course within the educational year. Course fees are paid when you register for the first online session.
ALL COURSEWORK MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 30 DAYS
COURSEWORK IS EQUIVALENT TO 18 HOURS OF CLASSROOM TIME. Please plan accordingly!
Every NEW Grade 8 Referee in Colorado must do the following:
- Completion of the US Soccer Grade 8 referee course (17 laws of the game and 1 concussion awareness video module)
- Completion of the Colorado Registration and Learning Management course modules, including the US Soccer Grade 8 Referee Test
- Attend and complete a Grade 8 Referee Field session (5 hours)
Grade 8 Referee Course Instructions (typical path):
Step 1: Register & complete the Online Training
- Go to coreferees.gameofficials.net
- Select "Sign Up For Course" main menu
- Select Grade 8 Referee Course
- Click the blue course number
- On the next screen click “To Register for this course, Click Here”
- Register and pay the required fee.Then click LOAD SESSION TRACKER
- Open a new browser window and click on this link:
- Click here to move to the US Soccer Grade 8 online training modules
- Enter "201708" when prompted for the clinic #. Enter your full name, email address at the start of each modules & select Colorado. Download, save/print Certificates of Completion at the end of each module. You will need to submit these certificates to confirm your completion of all modules.
- Return to CoReferees.GameOfficials.net. Click on CONFIRMED REG and then your course number. When LOAD SESSION TRACKER appears, click it and continue the rest of the course modules until you have taken the test.
Step 2: Attend Field Session
The field session is active participation. You are receiving "on the job training". You will be shadowing working referees and assistant referees. Plan accordingly to participate in the game experience to best prepare you for working games.
If you have not purchased your referee uniform before this session, wear comfortable clothing, athletic shoes. Bring water and snacks for the day.
Participants will be registered with U.S. Soccer and eligible to referee only after completion of all course sections. Your badge will be mailed to you within one week of completing the final online section of the course.