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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

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 12-09-2014

2015 WYS Youth Referee of the Year

A chapter board, board member, USSF assignor, USSF instructor, or USSF assessor within the state of Washington may nominate between one and ten referees to be considered for the 2015 Youth Referee of the Year award.

The Youth Referee of Year award exists to:

  1. Promote the benefits and opportunities of soccer referees at a young age.
  2. Recognize referees under the age of 19 who participate in the Washington Youth Soccer referee program.
  3. Honor those referees for their refereeing expertise and personal accomplishments.
  4. Create a sense of community and family within the Washington referee program.
  5. Submit and promote the Washington Youth Soccer Youth Referees of the Year to the Region IV Youth Referee of the Year competition. The Region IV winners are entered into competition for the US Youth Soccer Youth Referee of the Year Award.
All application packets must be submitted on or before February 1st, 2015 via email to:  WAYouthRefereeYearAward@gmail.com. Each of the five application components may be submitted separately, but all must include the nominee’s full name in the subject line. All nominees are expected to attend, at a minimum, one state cup finals academy. The SYRA will select one male and one female referee to continue onto the regional competition. Each candidate application should include:
  1. 2015 Youth Referee of the Year Nomination Form
  2. One page letter of recommendation from nominator
  3. Maximum two additional letters of recommendation (optional)
  4. One page statement by the nominee on the service and accomplishments that the referee has achieved in soccer, school, and other extra curricular activities
  5. Picture of nominee from the shoulders up.
The following are required qualifications for candidates:
  1. Risk Management Approval
  2. Candidates must be USSF registered referees
  3. Currently youth player eligible (18 or younger on 8/1/2014))
  4. Actively officiating youth soccer matches

Questions about the Washington Youth Soccer Youth Referee of the Year award can be directed towards WAYouthRefereeYearAward@gmail.com. The male and female awardees will be announced at the U12-14 Semifinal Academy (May 1-3, 2015).

Updated 12-01-2014

US Youth Soccer Region IV Award Winner

Ryan Riley – Issaquah, WA.

When she first started refereeing in her early teens, Ryan Riley showed a maturity and passion for officiating well beyond her years. Now 17, Ryan enjoys refereeing because it gives her a chance to work on communication, people management and leadership skills — characteristics she regularly displays on and off the soccer field. She is also on the Washington Youth Soccer advisory board, which is comprised of 12 responsible students from across the state who are active in the game.

Ryan is also this year's Young Female Referee of the Year for Washington State.
Updated 11-18-2014

US Soccer State Instructor Clinic in Seattle

Congratulations to our six new State Instructors
Dorothy Epps, Tim Epps, Rob Mauws, Ray Moffatte Jr., Tony Richardson & Manuel Soledad

Updated 11-09-2014

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

Sandy Hunt (current SDI) Joins U.S. Soccer on 9/1/2014

Juan Pablo Escobar, Sandy Hunt, Raul Sheran
at 2014 Far West Regionals

As of September 1, U.S Soccer's technical staff will be led by Rick Eddy in the new position of Director of Referee Development. Rick will oversee a team currently comprised of Sandy Hunt, Craig Lowery, Herb Silva, Alfred Kleinaitis, Jonathan Meersman, and Ed Marco. In his position, Rick will oversee all technical aspects of U.S. Soccer's Referee Program. Contact information for these individuals will be provided in next month's Department Update.
Rick is a National Instructor and National Assessor who spent 10 years as a Professional Assistant Referee in the MLS who has also worked as an Assistant Referee coach with PRO. Sandy is a retired FIFA official who has worked multiple Women's World Cups and was one of the first female officials to work in the MLS. Additionally, she is a National Assessor and National Instructor. Craig is presently a Professional Assistant Referee with PRO who has been working MLS matches since 1997. Craig is a retired FIFA Assistant Referee, and is also a National Instructor. You are all familiar with Herb, the longtime U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Identification and Training. Herb was a U.S. Soccer National Referee who worked in the NASL and was one of the first fulltime Referees in the MISL. Alfred is a longtime National Assessor and national Instructor, and U.S. Soccer's resident expert on the Laws of the Game. Jonathan is a National Instructor and serves as U.S Youth Soccer's Region II Referee Administrator. Ed is National Instructor and National Assessor who provides specialized support for futsal programming.
As a condition of this new role with U.S Soccer, Sandy is obligated to resign as Washington State Director of Instruction (SDI) effective August 31, 2014. While this seems to be a huge loss to the Washington soccer community, let’s keep in mind the tremendous contributions Sandy has made in her one year's service as Washington’s SDI. I think we all can agree that under her leadership and direction, the referee instruction and training program has been elevated to a whole higher level. We need to honor these achievements by continuing the path, taking it ever higher and being proud to look back and say “this all started with Sandy Hunt”. Sandy also promises that we haven’t seen the last of her and will be available for informal consultation with any of us on any appropriate topics. I intend to kept her copied on any Washington referee topics which she might be interested in.
Jim Kritzberg - SRA
Updated 08-31-2014

Third Annual Referee Development Academy (RDA)

Updated 07-29-2014

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 05-16-14) 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 11-26-2014


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