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Referee Upgrades
 

Why Upgrade

The reasons and motivations to be a referee are as different and varied as the personalities, ages and skill levels of referees themselves. The same applies for reasons to Upgrade. Check out Scott Harward (Utah SRA) reasons for upgrading by clicking here.

USSF Referee Grades Explained

All referees affiliated with FIFA have a designated referee grade. The grade indicates the qualification of the referee to officiate at various levels of local, national and international soccer competition. There is a common misconception that these grades are related to elementary or secondary school grades - they're not, they are assigned by USSF.

Grade 1 Referees: Referees who officiate in the World Cup and international matches are designated as Grade 1.

Grade 2 Referees: Assistant Referees to Grade 1 Referees are designated as Grade 2.

Grade 3 and 4 Referees: In the United States competition at the national level (including professional soccer and MLS) requires Grade 3 or 4. Grade 3 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for international service.

Grade 5 and 6 Referees: The highest level of competition within a state (amateur leagues beyond youth) requires a Grade 5 or 6 where Grade 5 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for national service.

Grade 7 Referees: Grade 7 is an experienced referee in the state qualified to officiate all but the highest levels of amateur soccer.

Grade 8 Referees: Most referees begin their careers as Grade 8 having taken the entry training course. You must be at least 13 years old to become a Grade 8 Referee.

Grade 9 Referees: Very young aspirants to refereeing may take an abbreviated training course and be registered as Grade 9 which qualifies them only for very young "small sided" matches (usually seven and eight year old players in six per team matches)

As referees advance to higher grades they are required to demonstrate their continued qualification for their grade through "maintenance" assessments and sustained high level competition experience. Each referee at Grade 7 or higher is also required to successfully pass a physical fitness field examination which includes distance, agility and speed tests (as set out in the Referee Administrative handbook). The results of this testing are recorded to fulfill part of the annual registration / recertification qualifications. In rare circumstances referees who fail to maintain their qualifications are "down graded" and this is reflected on their next registration.

Requirements for Upgrade Consideration

Requirment Level of Upgrade Desired
8 to 77 to 66 to 5
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
1. Minimum age 16 17 TBD
2. Time in present grade (prior to application) (in months) 12
Grade 8
12
Grade 7
12
Grade 6
3. Experience (total minimum
cumulative outdoor games)
Middle
Line

50
25
25

100
25
25

TBA
TBA
TBA
GAME REQUIREMENTS
4. Minimum Recomended number of games per level to be counted for
advancement
U17 and higher
Middle
Line
Amateur Division I
Middle
Line




Record of Matches MUST be Submitted

Approved Determined by the SRC






25
15
10

15
10



TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
5. minimun Number of Assessments(#3)
U17 and higher& Top Amateur Division
Middle
Line
Minimum Passing grade



NA




SRA Approval



2
2



SDA Approval



TBA



TBA
USSF Approval
WRITTEN WORK
6. Letter of intent to upgrade sent to SRA, SDA Yes Yes Yes
7. USSRC Official Records and List of inservice training hours to SRA, SDA Yes Yes Yes
8. Personal check to SDA (Payable: to USSRC) to cover Upgrade assessments Yes Yes Yes
UPGRADE CLINIC REQUIEREMENTS
9. Garde Appropriate Clinic Yes Yes Yes
UPGRADE TEST REQUIREMENTS
10. Physical fitness test Yes Yes Yes
11. Written test
Entry level test
State level test

80%
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85%


TBD%
INSERVICE TRAINING
12. Training Sessions (minimum hours
during previous year)
Referees meeting
ARTS and Advanced certifiction training and Symposiums


yes
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yes


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yes
ADDITIONAL RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
13. Inservice training yesyes yes
14. Recertification Written test YesYes Yes
15. Maintenance Assessments No Yes Yes
16. Physical fitness test YesYes Yes
  1. DSC = Diagonal System of control. This is a requirement for all games.
  2. Premier State Referee Academy applicants must meet all non-administrative requirements for upgrade to grade 6 and submit all required components of the Academy application on or before the application deadline stipulated by the Executive Sub-Committee for Upgrades.
  3. Potential matches for consideration for these assessments must be at the following levels of play: Girl's U19/Boys U18 matches or higher; Men’s ‘Premier’ and 1st divisions; Men’s O-30 1st division; Men’s 0-35 1st division; WPSL; PDL; MLS; NASL; USL-Pro; NPSL; W-League; NWSL; International or Open Cup matches assigned by US Soccer/PRO; or a match at the discretion of the SDA and/or SRA
  4. A minimum of three (3) assessments total with at least one as (1) Center and one as (1) Assistant Referee must be passed. At the discretion of the SDA, grade 6 referees may count one of the three required maintenance assessments as fourth official if on a match at the PDL, USL-Pro, NWSL, MLS, International or Open Cup level.

For compelte detatils, see Appendix B of the USSRC Policy Manual found in the USSRC Overview menu to the left



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