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New Certification Courses Announced

Hi WSSC Membership!

There is an upcoming clinic for first time referees to become certified to referee youth soccer games. We recommend that referees be 12 years or older, but we've had successful referees as young as 10-11. To become a new referee, you'll need to complete a series of online module, attend the in-person clinic, and pass a referee exam.

Date Location Time Clinic Fee
Sat 10/4/2014 Tukwila, WA (Starfire) ** 3:00pm-10:00pm $30.00

You can sign up for a referee clinic at http://www.wareferees.org/AvailableClinics.aspx. From the drop-down menu, select Entry - Never been a USSF Referee before. Click on the Register with WAReferees link for the clinic you'd like to enroll in.


Plan to complete this material NO LESS than three days before class. You must complete all the modules AND the system must say "ONLINE COMPLETE" by the morning BEFORE your class or you will not be admitted to the class. There are NO exceptions to this. (The emailed certificates you are sent are NOT acceptable as a substitute.) Since some modules take up to a day to record as completed, and since there is always the risk of system problems or an unexpected family or school activity, the prudent student will complete their education early. If you are unable to complete the education on time (for ANY reason), you will need to transfer to another class.

*If you pass the referee exam, you'll need to pay the $50 license fee for a Grade 8 badge, which will be good through December 2015 (the rest of 2014 and all of 2015).

**It is HIGHLY recommended to attend the optional Sunday 12-3pm session to get your background check submitted and learn to navigate the referee assigning system.

If you have any questions, please contact David Unruh, WSSC Referee Assignor at dunruh@comcast.net.


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RMA Process for Referees

RMA Process for Referees

Because we require referees to be risk management approved through WA Youth Soccer to be assigned to our sanctioned competitions, we have created a process for referees to apply for background checks.

Referees have a separate background check application link: rma.referee.washingtonyouthsoccer.org. This URL will redirect to the risk management system for referees in Affinity.

There will be a flat $6 fee required to submit the background check application for referees - this includes the background check fee and risk management administration, as well as credit card processing fees.

For referees who created Affinity accounts for State Cup, the same username and password will be their login. If they have forgotten their password, use this link to recover their password: http://www.wys-refereerma.affinitysoccer.com/public/forgotpassword.asp?sessionguid.

If an applicant is a referee and a club, association, or district volunteer, the applicant should apply through the volunteer link and list the club, association, or district that they are volunteering with. A referee that is also a registered volunteer to a local organization will not have to pay $6 for their background check. Affinity will have a duplicate record prompt that will prevent the background check from running a second time.


Advice to Referees Video Series

Advice to New Referees Videos

U.S. Soccer’s Advice to New Referees focuses on how to prepare for and deal with the everyday challenges of being an official and provides practical advice that empowers new referees to succeed and have fun. The class you took taught you about the Laws of the Game but there is still a lot to learn in order to succeed as a referee. This information has been put together based on feedback from thousands of new referees just like you and with help from experienced referees who started out where you are now.  NOTE:  This page may take several seconds to load because of the links to the videos.


Referee Certification, Re-Certification and Upgrading Requirements

Referee Certification, Re-Certification and Upgrading Requirements

U. S. Soccer is in the process of redefining various roles such as Referee Grade, Instructor Grade, etc. and the Certification, Recertification and as appropriate - Upgrade requirements for these roles. Some of these changes have already been implemented for Badge Year 2014. Specifically - the assessment requirements for Referee Grades 6. Other changes are not mandated until Badge Year 2015 (July 01, 2014). For those changes not yet mandated, the State Referee Committee can implement or retain requirements in excess of those set as minimums by U.S. Soccer. Additionally, in the area of Training, the State Referee Committee can always have higher requirements than those from U.S. Soccer. With these parameters, as of August 14, 2013 the State Referee Committee has established those requirements that will be used for all Referee Grades for 2014 Certification, Recertification and Upgrade. These requirements took effect July 01, 2013 and apply to those Referees not yet registered for Badge Year 2014.

Please note, events not sponsored or formally sanctioned by the State Referee Committee will not be considered as contributing to the Badge Year 2014 Certification, Recertification and Upgrade process. No exceptions to this policy will be considered.

Below are the current Referee minimum requirements compared to those issued by U.S. Soccer.

1. Referee Grade 9
2. Referee Grade 8
3. Referee Grade 7
4. State Referee Grade 6
5. State Referee Grade 5
6. Referee Grade 13 - 16 Emeritus
7. Referee - Lapsed & Returning Recertification Criteria
FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

Become a Referee!
Referee Code of Ethics

Referees Code of Ethics:

A code of ethics has been developed for all Referees by US Youth Soccer & USSF to clarify and distinguish approved and accepted behavior.

  • I will always maintain the utmost respect for the game of soccer.
  • I will conduct myself honorably at all times and maintain the dignity of my position.
  • I will always honor an assignment or any other contractual obligation.
  • I will attend training meetings and clinics so as to know the Laws of the Game, their proper interpretation and their application.
  • I will always strive to achieve maximum teamwork with any fellow officials.
  • I will be loyal to my fellow officials and never knowingly promote criticism of them.
  • I will be in good physical condition.
  • I will control the players effectively by being courteous and considerate without sacrificing fairness.
  • I will do my utmost to assist my fellow officials to better themselves and their work.
  • I will not make statements about any games except to clarify an interpretation of the Laws of the Game.
  • I will not discriminate against nor take undue advantage of any individual group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
  • I consider it a privilege to be a part of the United States Soccer Federation and my actions will reflect credit upon that organization and its affiliates.
Become a Referee by Brendan Moore
Posted Apr 6, 2014

We asked one of our outstanding youth referees, Brendan Moore,  to share a few thoughts about becomming a referee.

I first got into reffing last spring when I learned that I needed to earn money for a school trip. I’ve played rec soccer since I was in first grade, and I enjoy the game, so this job was a natural choice for me. The weekend class wasn’t difficult, and I was thrilled to earn my badge. My Dad saw so many games without refs last fall, so he decided to take the class, and we will both be reffing with WSSC this spring.

I was a bit afraid I’d make a mistake at my first game, but it went well. There is a lot to keep track of however, and at my third game I forgot to set the timer, and I ended the first half too early. The coaches were friendly and asked me if there was a problem. I apologized, and we played a longer second half. It was a learning experience, and I’m pretty sure I won’t make that mistake again.

I would recommend becoming a referee to other kids for lots of reasons. First, you can earn good money. I don’t know of any other job available to kids my age that pays as well. Second, it’s pretty cool to tell your friends that you ref. Third, it can be a little intimidating with two sidelines full of fans, but the referee gets the responsibility for calling the game as fairly as possible. Finally, I have a new appreciation for refs and how difficult it can be to call a game, both when I play and also in the MLS.


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Ask The Referee

The Washington State Referee Committee is the official USSF affiliated soccer referee organization for the state of Washington and are responsible for the administration of the USSF National Program for Referee development, including Registration,Instruction, Mentoring and Assessment within the State of Washington in the northwest corner of the continental United States.

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New Referee Training

Your young son and daughter decided last year to follow your advice and play soccer. The year started very well, but as it wore on, you determined that the referees should be doing a better job. Most of them were doing fine, but perhaps the thought crossed your mind that you could do a better job. And did you wonder how you might go about this for the coming season? For persons wishing to referee for the first time, we have some choices: Read More Here

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