like to become a soccer referee. What do I need to do?
for asking. There are a few steps you will need to take
before you can become a certified referee.
Go to https://screferees.gameofficials.net/public/default.cfm.
Here you will find a list
of courses with dates, times and locations.
If you find a course in which you are interested, whether it be
for a Grade 9 or a Grade 8 certification, you will first need to
a new account, then you will need to sign in and register
for that course.
Following the successful completion of the course, you will be
given a badge and you will be a certified referee.
Next you will need to order some referee equipment. A list
of suppliers can be found here.
At a minimum, you should purchase a gold jersey, a pair of
striped socks, a whistle and a data wallet with yellow/red
cards. Most suppliers offer an economical "starter
kit". You may use your own shorts (providing they are
solid black) and shoes/cleats (providing they are primarily
black). You might also consider purchasing an alternative
color jersey (red is a good choice here).
To facilitate receiving referee assignments, one should become
a member of CASRA. When you do, CASRA will pay the
assigning fees and you will be registered
with the Arbiter
Sports website through which you will receive your
assignments. A how-to guide to Arbiter can be found here.
If you will be officiating in any youth matches and you are 18
years or older, you will need to submit to a background check.
is the difference between a Grade 9 and a Grade 8 referee?
question. A Grade 9 certification is considered to be entry level and
the course is specifically tailored for those individuals under 14 years of age (though those 14 years and older are
certainly welcome to take this course). Grade 9 referees
are limited to officiating only in recreational matches and only
in matches involving up to and including U14 youths. A Grade 8
certification is also entry level but the course is taught at a
higher level and is open only to those individuals 14 years and older. A Grade 8
official may referee in any youth match and may be an assistant
referee at higher levels. For those certified as Grade 9, a "bridge upgrade"
course is offered to obtain Grade 8 certification.
certification, are there any yearly requirements?
Every year you will need to: a) renew your CASRA
membership, b) take a recertification class and pass a
multiple-choice exam, and c) submit to a new background check
(if you are officiating youth matches and are 18 years or