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Becoming a Soccer Referee
NOTE: USSF is in the process of updating the Laws of the Game. Laws 1-4, 7-10 and 13-17 are now available on our website (Alabama Interpretation)
To become a referee, you must successfully complete an Initial Entry Referee Clinic , register and be at least 14 years old to be assigned to games. You can attend an initial entry clinic as long as you turn 14 by Feb 1 of the registration year. For example, if you are 13 and wanting to attend a clinic on August 8, 2016, but you will only turn 14 on Jan 16, 2017, you can attend the clinic and register but you will only be approved to referee on or after your 14th birthday.
New Referee Training
Clinics are held throughout the year starting from August 1 of the current year and continuing until March 31 of the following year. The Grade 8 Initial Entry Course has two parts, some training done online and the rest spent in a classroom. Click on Clinic Info to view all initial entry clinics currently being offered in Alabama..
There are 6 steps to follow (Click on each for more info):
Your first step is to communicate (e-mail is preferred) with your local Area Referee Administrator (ARA), course instructor, State Director of Instruction (SDI) or any State Administrator. Their contact info is located on the Administrator's page. Please note that an Administrator may contact you to offer assistance but that is not required to move onto steps 2-6.
The Clinic Info Page contains a list of all clinics and contact info for courses offered in the state. You must pre-register by contacting the listed instructor. This reserves a spot for you and also provides your instructor a means to contact you if there are any changes. Courses have a minimum attendance and can be canceled if not enough candidates pre-register. Your instructor will provide any details you might need. If you do not see a course date that is convenient, check back as new courses are added as required.
You should go to the Arbiter Sports Registration page and register. If you have not previously registered, follow these steps. Please register only one time.
All participants are required to complete a series of on-line modules prior to attending the scheduled clinic session. These modules are found on the US Soccer Referee Development website. When you first start any online module, you will be requested to register. In the line requesting "Clinic Number", enter the city you are planning on attending for the class room portion of the course The following modules must be completed:
The Following Laws will be covered in-class
There is no requirement to print out the completion certificates, however it is expected that know the material since you will be tested on it. The course instructor may review these thirteen laws. The remaining 4 laws will be taught in class.
Videos for Referee Signals, Advantage and Assistance Referee Signalsstudy guide to help you be prepared
On the day of the course, plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Check out the course details for lunch or anything else. In case of unforeseen events causing the course to be rescheduled or delayed, you will be notified by E-mail (if you pre-registered). You will also take a 100 question exam and pass the test in order to receive your badge.
Go here to register and pay your USSF registration fee. If you have not previously registered follow these steps, otherwise login with your email address and password. Please do this only one time.
Once the above has been completed, our SRA will then approve your regisration (typically within one week). Your name goes on a list for all assignors and you will be ready to do games. It is helpful to load your picture so that assignors can identify you.