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How to Become a Soccer Referee in Utah

All USSF affiliates, including the Utah Youth Soccer Association and the Utah Soccer Association, require that all participating referees be certified by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The Utah State Soccer Referee Committee (USSRC) is the governing body for Utah's USSF referees. It is the goal of this committee to actively recruit, develop, certify and advance referees for all levels of play.

The Utah Soccer Referee program offers two Entry Level clinics, the USSF Grade 8 Referee and Grade 9 Recreational Referee clinics, which are sponsored by affiliate organizations in various locations throughout the state. In order to become certified participants must attend one of the two courses. The courses differ in content and length. It is necessary to determine which clinic is more appropriate for age of the participant and/or the desired level of participation.

The Information_for_New_Referees document provides more insight into what is expected and required once you become a certified referee.

USSF Grade 9 Referee

You must be at least 12 years old to become a Grade 9 Referee.

The USSF Grade 9 Recreational Referee may officiate games as either a Referee or Assistant Referee on recreational youth games for under-14 and younger only. They may not officiate older ages, competitive youth matches, or adult matches. For the latter matches, you must be at least a Grade 8 Referee. Once registered, all information of newly registered referees will be given to the referee assignors to ensure that all referees have the opportunity to participate as many games as possible. Certified assignors assign appropriate game assignments according to the age, division and skill level of the teams with the ages and experience of the referee to ensure a good experience for both teams and the referees themselves.

The Grade 9 clinic consists of a one-day eight-hour class, or two 4 hours classes or Three 3 hour classes designed mainly to train and certify kids and adults interested only in running lines on competition games or refereeing recreation games within specific age limits and guidelines. It also serves as an added opportunity for those who are too young to certify as Grade 8 referees.

Pre-registration for all clinics is required prior to attending the classes. There is a $20 clinic fee which includes the costs for the books on "FIFA Laws of the Game", and "Guide to Procedures", other course materials as well as the test fee which is due on the first day of class. There will be a 50 question test on the last day of the clinic. Upon passing the test with a score of 76% or better, the participant will have the option to register with the United States Soccer Federation by filling out the registration form and paying the registration fee. The fees to register as a USSF Grade 9 Recreation referee are $60 a year, (not including the Clinic Fee).

All participants are required to complete a series of on-line modules prior to attending the clinic.

Those attending the course will be required to log onto the referee development site and complete the following on-line modules:

  • Law 1- The Field of Play
  • Law 2- The Ball
  • Law 3- The Number of Players
  • Law 4- The Players Equipment
  • Law 7- The Duration of the Match
  • Law 8- The Start and Restart of Play
  • Law 9- The Ball In and Out of Play
  • Law 10- The Method of Scoring
  • Law 15- The Throw-In
  • Law 16- The Goal Kick
  • Law 17- The Corner Kick
Click here to be connected to the Grade 9 on-line courses.

Remember, you must complete all of the listed on-line training modules prior to attending the on-site clinic.

When you first start any online module, you will be requested to register. In the line requesting "Clinic Number", enter the city/location you are planning on attending for the class room portion of the course.

When you have completed each of the modules, you will be required to print out its completion certificate and bring all of these printouts to your first day of the clinic. The course instructor will review these eleven laws and then discuss the remaining 6 laws. Remember to print out a certificate of completion after each module.



Please contact Scott Harward at scottieref@yahoo.com with any questions.

USSF Grade 8 Referee (Entry Level Clinic)

You must be at least 14 years old to become a Grade 8 Referee.

This USSF Grade 8 course certifies participants to work as center referees as well as assistant referees in US Soccer affiliated games. Certified assignors assign appropriate game assignments according to the age, division and skill level of the teams with the ages and experience of the referee to ensure a good experience for both teams and the referees themselves. Once registered, all information of newly registered referees will be given to referee assignors to ensure that all referees have the opportunity to participate as many games as possible. Certified assignors assign appropriate game assignments according to the age, division and skill level of the teams with the ages and experience of the referee to ensure a good experience for both teams and the referees themselves

Pre-registration for all clinics is required prior to attending the classes. There is a $20 clinic fee which includes the costs for the books on "FIFA Laws of the Game", and "Guide to Procedures", other course materials as well as the test fee which is due on the first day of class. There will be a 50 question test on the last day of the clinic. Upon passing the test with a score of 76% or better, the participant will have the option to register with the United States Soccer Federation by filling out the registration form and paying the registration fee. The fees to register as a USSF Grade 9 Recreation referee are $60 a year, (not including the Clinic Fee).

All participants are required to complete a series of Grade 8 on-line modules prior to attending the clinic.

Those attending the course will be required to log onto the referee development site and complete the following on-line modules:

  • Law 1- The Field of Play
  • Law 2- The Ball
  • Law 3- The Number of Players
  • Law 4- The Players Equipment
  • Law 7- The Duration of the Match
  • Law 8- The Start and Restart of Play
  • Law 9- The Ball In and Out of Play
  • Law 10- The Method of Scoring
  • Law 15- The Throw-In
  • Law 16- The Goal Kick
  • Law 17- The Corner Kick
Click here to be connected to the Grade 8 on-line courses.

If you want to complete the other 6 laws (11, 12, 13, 14, 5, & 6), it will certainly help you prepare for the exam.

When you first start any online module, you will be requested to register. In the line requesting "Clinic Number", enter the city/location you are planning on attending for the class room portion of the course.

When you have completed each of the modules, you will be required to print out its completion certificate and bring all of these printouts to your first day of the clinic. The course instructor will review these eleven laws and then discuss the remaining 6 laws. Remember to print out a certificate of completion after each module.



Please contact Scott Harward at scottieref@yahoo.com with any questions.


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