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Washington State Referee Committee

We are the official USSF affiliated soccer referee organization for the state of Washington and are responsible for the administration of the USSF National Program for Referee development, including Administration, Registration, Instruction, Assessment and Assignors within the State of Washington.

Through this site you will be able to become a referee, maintain your referee status and upgrade as a referee.  It will also provide similar support for other USSF roles (e.g. Assignors, Assessors and Instructors).

You will find everything you need to know about your status on the Member Information Page. For currently registered Officials, click LogIn on the far right of the top Menu Bar. If you want to become a Referee, click on the entry in the right sidebar, titled "How to Become a Referee."

Updated 05-01-2013

State Cup Finals – Girls U15-U19

From Ben Oakley:
Proud to be ending my stint as WA SYRA with what has been an amazing project. As pictured, 37 of the 39 matches this weekend for the WYS U15-U19 girls state cup finals will be covered by all female referees. Thank you to Deleana Quan for inspiring our referees tonight. Way to go ladies, do good work!

Updated 05-25-2017

Washington State's New State Instructor
Kelsey Harms

Kelsey Harms

Updated 05-25-2017

2017 Washington State New Instructors

Michael Brown
Hunter France
Jordan Halstead
Jeffery Krueger
Jesus Moreno
Chad Stewart
Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani

Updated 05-25-2017

George “Whitey” Craggs

It is with heavy hearts we are letting you know that the WA Soccer Referee family has lost one of its founding fathers.  “Whitey” Craggs passed away in his sleep at his Ballard home at the age of 87.

Whitey was a respected Referee at both the State and National level.  He began refereeing senior games in WA in 1962 and officiated one year in the North America Soccer League.  He was a National Referee for over 40 years.  He served as treasurer and referee coordinator for the WA State Referee Committee from 1962 to 1978.  He was inducted into the Soccer Referee Hall of Fame in 1981.  He received the Barney Kempton Award for outstanding service to the soccer community.  And last fall was named one of Washington Youth Soccer’s top 50 citizens.

But to most of us who knew Whitey, he was a mentor, a friend and just a great person to be around.  He used his personality and humor as tools to deal with difficult players and put everyone at ease.  Yet, there was no doubt that he was the Referee.

Wain Jackson, current SDA, remembers running a line for Whitey once when a fan, who obviously did not like the way Whitey was calling the game yelled out “Hey Ref, you are missing a good game.”  And without missing a beat, Whitey yelled back to him “Yeah I know.  They sent me here instead!”

Indeed, Whitey was the “father of Refereeing” in Seattle.  Here are a few quotes from friends who knew Whitey well:

Linda Velie – “Oh my.  The end of an era.  I owe all I became in the Referee world to him.”

Rachel Berg Belfield – “What a personality he was.  So memorable and influential in so many lives for generations.”

Bob Fadden – “A great coach and mentor.”

Don Torretti – “Sorry to hear of Whitey’s passing.  I have many fond memories of him from back in the 80s.”

Tim Busch – “Truly a legend that will be missed by our soccer family.”

Betty Schmeck – “End of an era.  Whitey was such a character, wonderful sense of humor, and always had a story to share!”

Scott Lawrence – “He was a mentor, coach and friend.  He taught us all to approach refereeing (and life) with humility, empathy humor.”
Updated 4-06-2017

2017 Referee Day at the Sounders

Updated 03-31-2017

2017 Washington State Pro Clinic

Updated 03-31-2017

2017 Washington State / USSF
Assessor & Instructor Clinic (Sunday attendees)

Updated 2-21-2017

Sandy Hunt Awarded the USASA Region IV
2017 Referee Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded at the USASA Region IV 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner – San Diego, CA 2017-01-07

Tim Busch - Washington Adult Soccer Association President,
Eric Beck - USASA Region IV Referee Coordinator,
Sandy Hunt - USASA Region IV 2017 Referee Lifetime Achievement Award, Member of the US Soccer Referee Committee,
John Motta - USASA President, Chair of the US Soccer Referee Committee,
Jim Kritzberg - Washington State Referee Administrator

Updated 01-11-2017

Washington State Officials at US Soccer National Camp

National Coach Mohammad Zarrabi-Kashani,
National Referees Farhad Dadkho, Joshua Haimes, Chipalo Street, Cephas Quartson,
Levi Rippy, Jeff Arthurholtz, Kelsey Harms, Katja Koroleva and
National Coach Sandy Hunt

Updated 12-22-2016

US Soccer
Development Academy Winter Showcase in FL

Robert Gilbert, Raul Sheran, Sya Magee and Chris Krueger

Updated 12-8-2016

USSF Lifetime Member
Congratulations to Sandy Hunt, FIFA & World Cup Referee, FIFA & World Cup Instructor, FIFA Match Observer, CONCACAF Referee Instructor and National Assessor – Selected by US Soccer as a USSF Lifetime Member

Sandy Hunt

Details of Sandy's Lifetime Member accomplishments and contributions.

Updated 09-04-2016

Update to USSF Recertification Policy

Referees not recertified/reregistered for the next year by June 15 will not be allowed to referee until the following Jan 01 at the very soonest.

This applies to anyone who has ever been a referee at any time in the past. If a referee falls into this category, they are allowed to recertify for the next year in the period between July 01 and Dec 31 but will not be given a badge and not allowed to referee until the following Jan 01.

If you are certified for 2017, you have until June 2018 to recertify for 2018.

This restriction is based on current USSF policy and USSF provide liability insurance.

Updated 05-25-2017

Certification, Re-Certification,
& Upgrade Requirements

The US Soccer Referee Program has recently released new Certification, Re-Certification and Upgrade requirements for all Referee Grades. After much study, communications with the US Soccer Referee Program office and other State Referee Committees, the Washington State Referee Committee has adopted the new requirements effective immediately for the 2014 Registration Year. These new requirements, and any variations from the Referee Program requirements, are detailed under the Administration option of the Main Menu above. Click Certification Requirements (updated 09-02-2016) for a direct link to the page.

In addition, the SRC will often review a referee's "Portfolio" when making decision on who is offered SRC sponsored training & events, assignments and travel. See this document for more information: SRC Portfolio Guidelines

Updated 05-02-2017