The answer is simple, you need to obtain your background clearances, attend and successfully complete a referee training course. Please read this page for more detailed instructions of what you must do.
FAQ Group: New Referees
How much does it cost to become a referee?
You need to complete the entry level program which costs approximately $100. You will also need to pay for background clearances (~$44) uniform kit (costs vary) as well as a whistle, cards and flags.
When are the courses for new referees?
Most of the clinics occur late January through early March. Occasionally, a clinic may be offered in July or August, but not every year. A link to the current list of available clinics can be found on the New Referee Courses page. Keep in mind that the list is being updated constantly, so keep checking
How long does my certification last?
Every referee is certified for one calendar year. Your current referee certification will expire on December 31st of the current calendar year. You must re-certify every year to continue to work as a referee.
What is expected of a referee?
Commitment Ethics Honesty Physical and mental fit to officiate game Knowledge of the rules of competition and their application to the game Accepts game according to their ability Has no conflict with the game he/she is officiating Has no EGO problem Files all reports in a timely manner Wears the approved uniform for the game
How much do referees get paid and when do they get paid?
Some games might pay cash at the field. Others will send you a check within 2-4 weeks. The fee depends on the age group, the league and the club that you are working for but it could be up to $80 per match if you are the center referee at the most competitive level within
What programs are offered to referees?
Assignors can request an assessor to come to their club. They can also ask for clinics for their referees (Cost would be $120) for 3 hours. Contact SRA
How do I move my registration to Western PA?
Have your SRA send an email/letter to the Western PA SRA stating that you are a referee in good standing. The Western PA registrar will then move your registration.
How do I look up my USSF ID Number?
You can get your USSF ID Number by doing the following: 1) Click on ‘My Info’ on your Game Officials homepage. 2) Click on ‘Contact Info’. Your ID number will be shown near the bottom of this area. If you just took an New Referee course to get certified as a referee, it may take
How do I get assigned matches?
You must contact your local assignor.