Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. To become a US Soccer Federation (USSF) Referee you are required to attend an Entry Level Clinic given by a specially trained and certified (by USSF, certified by WASRC) instructor. There is no exception even if you were a player or coach. Two New Referee Grades are offered in Washington:Grade 8 Referee: The purpose of the Grade 8 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the competitive youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game. (Recommended minimum age 14 at time of registration)
This clinic prepares an individual for matches on all youth games as a Referee or Assistant Referee. The clinics are sponsored locally by different Clubs, Referee Chapters or Leagues. Upon successfully completing this clinic you will receive a referee badge. Your registration is good for one year and must be renewed annually. This certification will allow you to referee Youth matches as defined by your grade outlined above.
Once you have decided which New Referee Clinic to take, you must create your Member Registration on this website and then register for Referee – New Grade (8 or 9). You can do this by clicking on the Clinics/Events tab in the menu at the top of the page. Browse the calendar and select a clinic that is convenient to your location and availability. Read the registration instructions carefully and check the appropriate option. You will then be added to the clinic roster. If the clinic is full, choose another clinic. Due to room size and fire codes, walk-ins will not be allowed once the cap is reached.
Please be aware that Grade 9 badges can be obtained at both Grade 9 and Grade 8 clinics. When signing up for a Clinic make sure it is the Referee Grade (8 or 9) that you want!
Click here to begin your registration process WASRC Registration.