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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
Congratulations to Betty Schmeck – former State Referee Administrator (and other functions) of the Washington State Referee Committee - accepted by US Soccer for the very rare and prestigious award - Lifetime USSF Member.

Betty Schmeck

Mrs. Betty (Elizabeth) Schmeck has served Washington State, Region IV and US Soccer for nearly 30 consecutive years in various capacities such as referee, instructor, assessor, assignor, and administrator. She is well known for her services in the referee community in the State of Washington as well as nationally.

Based on Mrs. Schmeck’s years of extensive service and unselfish contribution to soccer refereeing, assigning, instructing, assessing and administration, as well as impressive awards, Mrs. Betty (Elizabeth) Schmeck was nominated and accepted as for US Soccer Federation Lifetime membership.

Details of Betty's Lifetime Member accomplishments and contributions.

Updated 10-20-2015

In Memorial
Dave Painton

It is with sad hearts that we report the passing of a long-standing member of our soccer Referee community and dear friend, Dave Painton.

Dave was a man of honor and integrity. He was involved in soccer for over 40 years! He was the former Treasurer of our WA-SRC for approximately 20 years. He served on the Board of Washington Youth Soccer and has been recognized as both a Life Member (1997) and Hall of Fame Member (2008).

Dave also stayed close to his local Pierce County Soccer Referee Chapter where he remained active until health issues forced him to retire.

When Dave was not traveling to the Youth Regionals or Youth Nationals (that’s how he spent his vacations) one could always find Dave on weekends at Ft. Steilacoom Park doing whatever was needed and watching soccer.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Painton family at this time of sorrow.

Memorial Services were held on Wednesday, October 7 at 3PM at:

Oasis Church
7912 Lakewood Drive West
Lakewood, Washington

Updated 10-20-2015

Skin Care

U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program has skin care recommendations for referees. In the interest of health and safety, U.S. Soccer’s medical and referee experts recommend that match officials practice the following skin care guidelines.

  1. Consider wearing sunscreen
  2. Consider wearing long sleeves
  3. Consider wearing a cap that meets requirements
  4. Review your skin for any changes and consult a professional if there are changes
For more details see US Soccer/WSRC Skin Care.
Updated 09-18-2015

Washington Youth Soccer Announces Ben Oakley as Youth Referee Program Director

Washington Youth Soccer is proud to announce Ben Oakley, a professional, collegiate and youth referee in Washington, as its new Referee Program Director. As Referee Program Director, Oakley will oversee all of Washington Youth Soccer’s officiating programs and referee development. Oakley will continue to improve refereeing standards statewide through courses, seminars, up-to-date training programs and materials, and other initiatives designed to prepare both male and female referees at all levels of Washington Youth Soccer.

Ben Oakley

For more information see Washington Youth Soccer's Announcement.
Updated 09-17-2015

2015 RDA
Central Washington University July 23-26

Updated 08-10-2015

Washington Referees at Youth Nationals

Ben Moore, Cephas Quartson, Kelsey Harms, Paige Kulm, Logan Griffis, Corbyn May

Updated 08-10-2015

Washington Referees at Far West Youth Regionals

Updated 08-10-2015

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

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

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

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

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