To become referee, 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 offers both Grade 9 and Grade 8 referee clinics (note referee grades are not related to school grade levels). NYSA typically offers the referee clinics in May, June and August/September. 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.wasrc.org, and click on Instruction, Clinics (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 Grade 9 and Grade 8 referee clinics.
The Grade 9 clinic typically consists of 8 hours of classroom instruction over 2 weekday evenings with a written exam on the last day. The Grade 8 clinic typically consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction and 2 hours of field practicum over 4 weekday evenings and a Saturday with a written exam on the last day. Both clinics cover the Laws of the Game, game situations, and how to interpret the Laws.
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?