Referee Certification

Updated:  March 26, 2017

The Arlington Soccer Club is always looking for individuals in 7th grade and up (including adults!) interested in becoming soccer referees.  Games are typically assigned on Saturdays (mornings and afternoons) and Sundays (afternoons) in the fall and spring. There are two types of referees in Arlington.  In-town referees are younger referees who officiate exclusively in-town games; certified Grade 8 referees must be at least 14 years of age, and primarily referee BAYS games.

Note that Grade 8 certification is completely unrelated to school grade i.e. adult referees also start out as Grade 8 certified.

IN-TOWN REFEREE COURSE FOR YOUNGER REFEREES

For younger referees, an in-town course is held annually in the winter for 7th and 8th graders.  The course is jointly run with Lexington and is held in either Arlington or Lexington.  To become an in-town referee, a candidate must be in 7th or 8th grade and age 12 or 13 as of April 30th.  The cost for this course is $10, which includes the in-town referee shirt.  Referees who take this course will referee Grades 2, 3, and 4 in-town games at a rate of $20 per game.  Information about this course, including registration details, will be posted on the website in January, and the course will take place in February.  In addition to the referee course, in-town referees are expected to attend a pre-season referee meeting before the start of each season.  Information about these meetings will be posted on the website.

ALL referees must review the Game Assignment and Reporting section for extremely important information regarding how to accept/reject games and report scores.  Game reports must be completed at the appropriate sites in order for the referee to be paid!

 

USSF REFEREE GRADE 8 CERTIFICATION AGE 14 AND OLDER

Referees age 14 and older (including adults) must obtain a Referee Grade 8 certification.  This is the entry level course needed to referee youth level games – referees with this certification are eligible to referee both BAYS and in-town games for ASC.  See the details below on how to become a certified Referee Grade 8.

  1. Set up an account with massref.net and register to take the Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course. Please see the course listings and choose any time or place that is convenient before the start of the next season. If the candidate is 14 by April 30 for the spring season, or by September 30 for the fall season, but not by the date of the course, please set up the account as above and then email CourseAdministrator@MassRef.net to register.  Certification is typically for the calendar year; however, courses offered in the summer provide certification for the fall of the current year and all of the following year.   As of 2017, the cost is $115.00.  ASC will reimburse the certification course fee provided the referee has worked at least 10 games in one season and 15 games for the year (two consecutive seasons).  Certification requires the completion of a 4-6 hour online course, 8 hours of classroom instruction, and a passing grade on a 50 question written test at the end of the classroom instruction.
  1. After successfully becoming certified as a Referee Grade 8, go to the BAYS website bays.org and follow the process for Creating a Referee Account, which includes contacting the Arlington Soccer Club Assignor and completing the Online Referee Application. Please read all information under the Referee section of the BAYS website.
  1. Email Paul Athanasiadis, ASC’s referee assignor, to let him know that you passed the Grade 8 entry level course, registered with BAYS, and would like to referee for ASC.
  1. At the beginning of each season, all referees are expected to attend a pre-season referee meeting. Information about these meetings will be posted on the website.
  1. Certified referees must complete the re-certification course annually to maintain their credentials.  Referee Grade 8 re-certification courses can be found here. As of 2017, the cost is $50.00.  ASC will reimburse the certification course fee provided the referee has worked at least 10 games in one season and 15 games for the year (two consecutive seasons).

ALL referees must review the Game Assignment and Reporting section for extremely important information regarding how to accept/reject games and report scores.  Game reports must be completed at the appropriate sites in order for the referee to be paid!

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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