To referee matches for NYSA, you must be 13 years old or older, attend either a Grade 9 or Grade 8 referee clinic, and pass the examination at the end of the clinic.
The Grade 9 and Grade 8 Referee Clinics
NYSA usually offers the Grade 8 referee clinics (note: referee grades are not related to school grade levels). NYSA typically offers the referee clinics in July and August. Also other soccer associations offer referee clinics and it does not matter which soccer association you take the referee clinic from. You can referee anywhere in Washington State and for any soccer association. To see a listing of all the referee clinics offered in Washington, please go to www.wareferees.org, and click on Clinics/Events, then click on Entry -- Never been ... (no need to log on). Watch for announcements on the NYSA website and in the NYSA Newsletter for exact dates and times that NYSA will be offering referee clinics.
The Grade 8 and 9 clinics are typically one day (830am to 500pm) classroom and on-field instruction with a written exam at the end of the day. Both clinics cover the Laws of the Game, game situations, and how to interpret the Laws. Also prior to the clinic there is about 3 hours of video that you will need to watch.
Grade 9 referees can a) center referee (CR) recreational games U14 and younger, and b) assistant referee (AR) U14 and younger games for recreational and select/premier.
How much does it cost to become a Referee?
There are annual and one time costs of:
What does NYSA pay for?