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Becoming a Referee

Interested in being a Referee?

Please review the information
on our Referees page

and contact our

Director Registered USSF Referee
headreferee@vansoccer.org

How do I become a Referee?

Throughout the year the State Referee Committee, Referee Chairman and referees from around the area are asked the question, “How do I become a referee?” The answer is simple, attend and successfully complete a referee training program. North Texas and its’ member associations offer two entry level programs for individuals interested in becoming a referee. Let’s take a minute and discuss both options.

 We will start with the Grade 9 Recreational Referee program. As a candidate, you must be 12 years old or older on, or before the clinic start date. Playing experience is desired. One will have a better chance of successful completion with a basic understanding of the game. Requirements to successfully complete the Grade 9 Recreational Referee program include 4 1/2 hrs of classroom instruction, a field session where you must demonstrate the lessons learned during the classroom, and a written exam that requires a score of 75 or better in order to pass the course. At the completion of the program you will register with North Texas and the United States Soccer Federation as a Grade 9 Recreational Referee.  A student taking the course after July 1, 2013 will be trained to referee games which require only indirect free kick restarts.  Generally, these are games involving players from U4 through U8.  Although some Associations may use these playing rules on other ages, Grade 9 referees trained after July 1, 2013 will be authorized to serve as center referee only on games with indirect free kick restarts.   These are primarily “small-sided” games.

 Now let’s discuss the Grade 8 Basic Referee Program. As a candidate, you must be 13 years old or older, on or the start date of the clinic. Playing experience is desired.  One will have a better chance of successful completion with a good understanding of the game. Requirements to successfully complete the Grade 8 Basic Referee program include 16 ½ hrs of classroom instruction, a field session where you must demonstrate the lessons learned during the classroom, and a written exam that requires a score of 75 or better to pass the course. At the completion of the program you will register with North Texas and the United States Soccer Federation as a Grade 8 Basic Referee. As a Grade 8 Basic Referee you will be allowed to referee all age groups once you have gained the confidence of your local assignor.  Effective Jan 1, 2014 the Grade 8 curriculum and clinic will be changing.  After a transition period, and effective Jan 1, 2015 a Grade 8 referee will be limited to U16 competitive matches.

Referee Courses

Registration, Learning, and Course Management

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Referee Pay Schedule

Age Div Center Line Min Grade
U6 $12 - 9
U8 $16 - 9
U10 $20 $10 8
U12 $24 $12 8
U14 $28 $14 8
U16 $32 $16 8
U19 $38 $19 7