United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Referee Grades


To provide uniform standards for soccer officials, the following grades have been established and supersede any and all other levels so that uniform and comparative grading exists throughout the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program.

Grade 9: Recreational Referee
The purpose of the Grade 9 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the small sided and recreational youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

The State Referee Committee has made the decision to discontinue the "New" Referee Grade 9 training and registration program. Currently registered Grade 9 Referees may continue to recertify as Grade 9 Referees or upgrade to Grade 8 by completing a New Referee Clinic for Grade 8.

Grade 8: Referee
The purpose of the Grade 8 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the competitive and recreational youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Grade 7: Referee
The purpose of the Grade 7 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the amateur adult game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Grade 6: State Referee
The purpose of the Grade 6 State Referee Course is to prepare officials for the most competitive matches within their state and region. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Grade 5: State Referee
Recommended Assignment Level: All youth games and adult games including first division and assistant referee in professional league and international cup games

Grade 4: National Referee and National Assistant Referee
Recommended Assignment Level: All games except formal FIFA international matches; assistant referee for international matches

Grade 3: Professional Referee and Professional Assistant Referee
Recommended Assignment Level: All games except formal FIFA international matches By invitation of U.S. Soccer

Grade 2: International Assistant Referee
Recommended Assignment Level: All games U. S. Citizen By nomination of U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, and approved by FIFA

Grade 1: International Referee
Recommended Assignment Level: All games U.S. Citizen By nomination of U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, and approved by FIFA