How to Become a USSF Certified Soccer Referee

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. To become a US Soccer Federation (USSF) Referee you are required to attend an Entry Level Clinic given by a specially trained and certified instructor. There is no exception even if you were a player or coach. One Entry Level course is offered in Colorado:

  • Grade 8 Referee (able to work any level Youth match and preparing to work Adult matches).

Step 1 - Choose the Course:

The Entry Grade 8 Referee Course (Online plus 8 hour clinic). This course prepares an individual for matches on all youth games as a Referee or Assistant Referee. The minimum age to become a Grade 8 Referee is 12 at the time of registration. The course consists of an online session of 18 modules on the Laws of the Game (LOTG) that can take up four hours to complete.  It is made up of text, videos and 3-5 questions to test your knowledge of the specific Law covered.  The second part of the course is an in person session lasting eight hours. Some clinics are conducted over one weekend day, others over two or more weekday evenings. The clinics are sponsored locally by different Clubs. At the end of the clinic you must pass a test with a score of 75% or higher. Upon successfully completing this course you will receive a black badge. Your registration is good for one year and must be renewed annually.

The fee is $80.00 to be paid to the State Referee Administration. Please be advised that if you have paid by credit card you will be charged an administrative fee of up to $25.00 if you cancel.  CRC Refund Policy

Step 2 – Register for the Clinic:

Once you have decided which Entry Level Course to take you must register for the class on the Clinics/Events tab in the menu at the top of this page. Browse the calendar and select a class that is convenient to your location and availability. Read the registration instructions carefully and check the appropriate option. You must prepay online with a credit card. You will then be added to the class roster. If the class is full, choose another class. Due to room size and fire codes, walk-ins will not be allowed once the cap is reached. Should you have any questions please contact the Area Instructor Coordinators which are listed in the class registration popup in the CJRC Clinics/Events Calendar. If you choose to cancel out of a course and want to sign up for another course, you may do so and all of your information including payment will be transferred to a future clinic.