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Referee Upgrades
 

Why Upgrade

Because Scott said too! 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 17 18 19
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

100
75
25

125
100
25

200
150
50
GAME REQUIREMENTS
4. Minimum number of
career games to be counted for
advancement using DSC (#1)
U19 and higher
Middle
Line
Amateur Division I
Middle
Line




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125
100
25

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125
100
25
75
50
25
ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
5. Number of Assessments using
DSC (#2)
U19 and higher
Middle
Line
Amateur Division I
Middle
Line
Minimum Passing grade



1




65



2
1



70






2(#3)
1
75
WRITTEN WORK
6. Letter of intent to upgrade sent to SRA, SDA Yes Yes Yes
7. List of games and inservice training hours to SRA, SDA Yes Yes Yes
8. Personal check to SDA (made out to USRP) to cover assessments (#4) Yes Yes Yes
9. Evidence of your personal commitment to giving back to the game of soccer and refereeing e.g, through mentoring of younger officials, accepting lines on youth games, volunteering of time, etc(#5) Yes Yes Yes
10. Written confirmation from SRA, SDA that you are ready to upgradeYes Yes Yes
TEST REQUIREMENTS
11. Physical fitness test Yes Yes Yes
12. Written test
Entry level test
State level test

85%
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75%


85%
INSERVICE TRAINING
13. Training Sessions (minimum hours
during previous year)
Referees meeting
ARTS meeting


6
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10


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10
ANNUAL RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS
14. Inservice training 6 10 12
15. Refresher test Yes Yes Yes
16. Maintenance Assessment No Yes Yes
17. Physical fitness test Yes Yes Yes
  1. DSC = Diagonal System of control. This is a requirement for all games.
  2. You must pass twice as many as you failed
    (ie,., if you fail an assessment, you must pass 2 additional ones)
  3. One of these assessments needs to take place either within or outside of Utah by an out-of-state USSF state/national assessor. Out-of-state assessments must be arranged through the Utah SDA who will help you to arrange these with the out of state SDA. Every effort will be made to help you financially with out-of-state arrangements
  4. In 2002, that fee is $35.00 for each assessment made payable to the Utah State Soccer Referee Program. Payment for out-of-state assessments will be arranged through the Utah SDA.
  5. While this is not a written requirement set forth by USSF, it is our expectation in Utah that referees will give back to the game and to refereeing through various and sundry activities, e.g., mentoring, assessing, helping out with the Board. You decide what works best for you.

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



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