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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

2014-2015 Washington State Young Referee of the Year

  Male Winner Female Winner
  Ermek Danielson (Spokane) Sarah Adkins (TCSRA)
  Male Runners Up Female Runners Up
  Tyler Chu (NYSA) Sya Magee (EKCSRA/SSRA)
  Jesus Moreno (SKCSRA) Jaclyn Metz (SSRA)
  Michael Caloger (SSRA)
Updated 06-19-2015

USSF Lifetime Member
Congratulations to Ram Prasad - Chairman of the Washington State Referee Committee - accepted by US Soccer for the very rare and prestigious award - Lifetime USSF Member.

Ram Prasad

Details on Ram's Lifetime Member accomplishements and contributions.

Updated 05-19-2015

State Referee Clinic

State Referee Upgrade Clinic - 3rd in the last 12 months
28 referees plus presenters (missing Jeff Arthurholtz and Farhad Dadkho - who joined Sunday)

Updated 05-19-2015

Fourth Annual Referee Development Academy (RDA)

The fourth annual RDA will be held on July 24-26, 2015 in Ellensburg, WA at Central Washington University. This clinic is for all referees interested in personal development and upgrade.

There are 3 clinics associated with the RDA:

  • The main clinic (08-0715-RDA-All-Officials-0011) which is open to anyone
  • The special invitation only clinic (08-0715-RDA-Invite-0010) which is Thursday evening and Friday day. Inclusion in this event is determined by the SRC.
  • An Grade 8 to 7 Upgrade clinic (08-0715-RDA-HU7-0012)

If you are having problems signing up for the RDA, use the "2015 RDA - How to Register" document to help.

Updated 05-13-2015

2015 Badges Will Be Mailed from USSF

Use your 2014 badge until your 2015 arrives.

Once you recertify for 2015 your badge should arrive in the mail from USSF about 6-8 weeks later. If it doesn’t then contact us at waadmin@wareferees.org and include your name, email and recertification export date.

To find your recertification date:
  • Log onto www.wareferees.org
  • In the "I want to:" drop down, choose "View My History"
  • Find the 2015 Recertification "Exported" date
Updated 05-03-2015

US Club Adult Soccer Joins USASA

The United States Adult Soccer Association NBOD has voted to grant provisional membership to U.S. Club Soccer. The direct registration of US Club Soccer adult players with USASA will be effective June 1, 2015. I applaud USASA President John Motta and the USASA National Board of Directors for this action.

What does this mean to adult play in Washington? As administrators, referees, coaches, team managers and players you will see very little change as a result of this decision. Each organization will continue to have their own player cards, which are only good in their own affiliated games. WSASA cards are good for our sanctioned games, and Club Soccer cards are only good for league games sanctioned by US Club Soccer. There is no reciprocity on use of player cards for sanctioned games. Players must be properly registered with the league/association in which they are playing for insurance to be in effect. It is exactly the same as with youth soccer in our state. Players either register with Washington Youth Soccer or US Club Soccer. Each of these associations issue their own cards for their own play.

USASA National Cup play is the one and only situation where both cards would be honored in the same competition.

Timothy W. Busch, President
Washington State Adult Soccer Association

Updated 04-23-2015

2015 Referee Day at the Sounders
with ~130 Attendees

Updated 03-18-2015

2015 Washington Pro Referees Clinic
with ~180 Attendees
123 FIFA Interval Test Runners

Updated 03-18-2015

Big Boys
Starfire Feb 21-22, 2015

Updated 03-02-2015

2015 Online Only Recertification

Referees not yet recertified for badge year 2015

The Washington State Referee Committee (SRC) is offering an alternative recertification process for those who have not / cannot attend one of the locally offer Recertification Clinics. This clinic is exclusively offered for LATE recertification from January 01 until June 15 and allows you to recertify without having attended a Recertification Classroom / Field session. The LATE ONLINE clinic contains additional training modules from what is seen by those attending a recert clinic and its attached online modules.

This is a totally ONLINE Recertification clinic for Grade 8, 7 and Emeritus Referees. Once the clinic has been paid for, an ONLINE LESSONS button will appear next to the clinic on your home page. Click that button to take the lessons and view lesson status. Clinic# Referee - Online Late Recert 7 & 8 & Emeritus (OO) 08-0615-RL78E-0267

You must successfully complete all lessons to complete this clinic.

The clinic has an added administrative cost of $15 in addition to normal registration costs (recertification fee and late if appropriate – referee grades 7+ @ 10%) PLEASE NOTE: Once Paid / Registered for this clinic, your registration 2015 referee fee and this clinic fee cannot be refunded. The SRC does not have staff available to administer such requests for refunds.

The SRC remains committed to wanting all recertifying referees to attend local recertification and do the associated online modules. Going forward, for 2016, this option WILL NOT be available from July 01 through December 31. Additionally, there is no implied promise that this LATE ONLINE will ever be offered again.

Jim Kritzberg - Washington State Referee Administrator
Updated 01-16-2015

New (and Immediate) Policy Change on Adult Player Passes
As of January 1st 2015 the distinction between single league and unlimited play WSASA player cards has been removed. This means any unexpired WSASA card is valid for play in ANY league or other sanctioned WSASA match. Cards that are currently marked as single league shall now be recognized as “Unlimited”.

Moving forward single league cards will no longer be issued Once all of the currently valid single league cards are renewed, the confusion should disappear. Until that point, as long as a card is currently unexpired for league play (unlimited or single) it shall be valid for any and all league play.

Thank you for your cooperation during this transition.
Washington State Adult Soccer Association
Updated 01-27-2015

2014 US Youth Soccer
National Young Female Referee of the Year
Ryan Riley

WA Youth Soccer President Tom Ament
2014 US Youth Soccer National Young Female Referee of the Year Ryan Riley
WA SYRA and 1998 US Youth Soccer National Young Male Referee of the Year Will Niccolls
Region IV Youth Soccer Referee Administrator Steve Petrakovitz

Updated 01-28-2015

USSF Lifetime Member
The Washington State Referee Committee is pleased to announce the acceptance by USSF of an outstanding individual as a Lifetime USSF Member.  Linda Velie is recognized with this honor for her contributions to soccer both within the Referee community and the Soccer community as a whole.

Linda Velie

Linda Velie has served US Soccer and Washington State for over 30 years in various capacities as Referee, Assessor, Instructor, Assignor and Administrator. Linda is widely known for her very many services & contributions throughout the State of Washington, Region IV, US Soccer and Nationally.

Linda started as a Referee in 1981 (first female as referee in a Men's Professional game), Instructor in 1985 (one of her first students was Sandra Hunt) and was designated National in 1996, Assessor in 1982, Assignor in 1996. As Administrator Linda was Washington State Director of Instruction, State Youth Referee Administrator and 10 years as Region IV Youth Referee Administrator.

Linda is one of the very few among us to be a recipient of The Golden Scarf Award from the Seattle Sounders.

For more details on Linda's Lifetime Member accomplishements and contributions, view the SRC page.

Updated 02-09-2015

Referee Grade 7+

The Washington State Referee Committee has approved a new Referee Grade designation - Referee Grade 7+
So exactly what is a Referee Grade 7+?
  1. A Grade 7 Referee who has completed their current (2015) Registration or Recertification
  2. Has a current (last 12 months) passing FIFA Interval Test, such as given at the past RTS and RDA events
  3. Has a current (last 12 months) passing Maintenance Assessment
Understand - this is not an official US Soccer referee grade. It is an indicator to WASRC Technical Directors and many assignors of a referee who has put in the extra effort to stand above their peers. Effective immediately, those referees who have qualified as 7+ based on the requirement above will be shown as such on the WAReferees website. This designation will also be seen by those assignors who are using assigning software configured to recognize this designation.
So, why bother with achieving Referee Grade 7+? Right now, there is no requirement to achieve this designation for any assignments / consideration but that is likely to change very soon. You can be sure that Referees in Grades National, National Candidate, State and 7+ will be considered in most cases ahead of any Referees Grades 8 and 7. Considered, if not required, for SRC sponsored out of State events, Youth and High School championship events, etc.
Please check out the SRC Portfolio Guidelines which has more on the "selection" topic.
Updated 11-07-2014

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 05-29-2015) for a direct link to the page.

This video, Referee Grade Overview, focuses on explaining the different referee grades that U.S. Soccer's program has to offer and the pathway a referee may take to advance to working more competitive games.

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 05-29-2015


New & Updated Items

WASRC Website Help

How to Become a Referee

Information for New Referees

How to Upgrade to Grade 7

2015 RDA - How to Register

Clinic & Events Schedule
WASRC Event Calendar

Not Recertified for 2015?

USSoccer LOTG Videos (03/06/13)
FIFA Laws of the Game Videos (01/29/13)
Advice to New Referees Videos
Referee and Assistant Referee Procedures Videos

PRO Clinic 2015 Photos