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Certification, Re-Certification and Upgrading Requirements

U. S. Soccer has redefined various roles such as Referee Grade, Instructor Grade, etc. and the Certification, Recertification and as appropriate - Upgrade requirements for these roles.  In some roles / grades the State Referee Committee can implement requirements in excess of those set as minimums by U.S. Soccer.  Additionally, in the area of Training, the State Referee Committee can always have higher requirements than those from U.S. Soccer.

Please note:

  • Badge Year - US Soccer defines a Badge Year as running from Jan 01 thru Dec 31; that is – the year on the Badge. A registered Referee can use that Badge to be assigned USSF games during that calendar year.
  • Registration / Recertification “Year” - The registration period for a given Badge Year is offset by 6 months ahead, running between Jul 01 and Jun 30.
  • Training taken between Jul 01, and Jun 30, is *valid only for Badge Year Registration.
  • Training taken between Jul 01, and Jun 30, is *valid only for Badge Year Registration.
(*Exceptions are made for Late & Lapsed Referees, who have until Sept 30 to re-register with penalties, and both New and Late & Lapsed registered Referees may be assigned USSF games prior to their Badge Year.)

Please note: Events not sponsored or formally sanctioned by the State Referee Committee will not be considered as contributing to the Certification, Recertification and Upgrade process.  No exceptions to this policy will be considered.

Below are the current Referee minimum requirements compared to those issued by U.S. Soccer.

1. Referee Grade 9

The Washington State Referee Committee has decided to discontinue Grade 9 (Recreational) referee for Badge Year 2016.

What this means is that for you to continue as a referee, you must upgrade to a Grade 8 (Youth) by attending a New Referee Clinic. These clinics are most often one day classroom / field training and online materials. Some area will do the classroom / field training in two (2) weekday evening.

There have been no “new” Grade 9 referees for a few years, making the time and resource needed to maintain the grade unreasonable. Also, for 2015 US Soccer has discontinued the “blue” badge, so what you will be getting from them will be the “black” badge – the same as the current Grade 8 and Grade 7.

For more information read: How to Upgrade from Grade 9 to Grade 8

Certification Requirements
USSF Description 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.
Criteria WASRC USSF (New)
Age None - local associations may recommend a minimum age Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Game Experience None Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Grade Experience None Determined by the State Referee Association
Training Complete the Online Referee Grade 9 Referee Course only through links on this website, plus Classroom (~8 hours) training.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!
Complete the Grade 9 Referee Course (*)
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 9 Referee Test (paper) in the clinic (80%) Pass the Grade 9 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
Annual Renewal Requirements
Training Complete the Online Referee Grade 9 Course only through links on this website.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!

NOTE: The Referee Grade 9 will be discontinued by Washington starting with badge year 2016. All recertify Grade 9 Referees will be required to attend a New Referee (Grade 8) Clinic or other program TBD.
Complete the Grade 9 Referee Course (*)
Laws of the Game Test Included in the Online Referee Grade 9 Course Pass the Grade 9 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
(*) Definitions and Notes (click to expand)
(*) USSF Notes
  • All State Referee Association requirements must be made public
  • All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there are no minimum number hours associated with either requirement
  • At a minimum, U.S. Soccer recommends that training includes the completion of all online training materials for the Grade 9 Referee Course
  • The passing test score is 80% and all testing and training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association

2. Referee Grade 8

Certification Requirements
USSF Description 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.
Criteria WASRC USSF (New)
Age The SRC recommends Age 14 but allows exceptions to be made locally to meet the referee community needs. Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Game Experience None Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Grade Experience None Determined by the State Referee Association
Training Complete the Online Referee Grade 8 Course only through links on this website, plus Classroom (~8 hours) training.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!
Complete the Grade 8 Referee Course (*)
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 8 Referee Test (paper) in the clinic (80%) Pass the Grade 8 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
Annual Renewal Requirements
Training 1. Complete the Online Recertification training materials and embedded Recertification Test with a score of 80% or better from the WAReferees.org website.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!

2. Sign up for 1 or more Grade 7/8 recertification clinics and attend at least one unless Online Only recertification is offered and available.
Complete the Grade 8 Referee Course (*)
Laws of the Game Test Included in the Online Referee Grade 8 Course Pass the Grade 8 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
Please Note - SRC selection for Assignments to State Cup games / Tournaments / Out-of-State events / etc., Referees will often be based on a review of the referee's "Portfolio". Click on the following link to find what the SRC considers as part of a referee's Portfolio: SRC Portfolio Guidelines

(*) Definitions and Notes (click to expand)
(*) USSF Notes
  • All State Referee Association requirements must be made public
  • All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there are no minimum number hours associated with either requirement
  • At a minimum, U.S. Soccer recommends that training includes the completion of all online training materials for the Grade 8 Referee Course
  • The passing test score is 80% and all testing and training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association

3. Referee Grade 7

Certification Requirements
USSF Description 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.
Criteria WASRC USSF (New)
Age 17 years old or older. Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Game Experience Classroom priority will be given to those with verifiable adult game experience Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Grade Experience Adult game preferred Determined by the State Referee Association
Training Complete the Online Referee Grade 7 Course and a Classroom (~5 hour) Grade 7 Upgrade Course.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!
Complete the Grade 7 Referee Course (*)
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test (paper) in the clinic (80%). Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
Annual Renewal Requirements
Training 1. Complete the Online Recertification training materials and embedded Recertification Test with a score of 80% or better from the WAReferees.org website.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!

2. Sign up for 1 or more Grade 7/8 recertification clinics and attend at least one unless Online Only recertification is offered and available.
Determined by the State Referee Association
Laws of the Game Test Included in the Online Referee Grade 7 Course Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
Grade 7+ Requirements: - Same as Grade 7 above, plus a current (last 12 months) passing Fitness Test and Assessment as Referee – either Grade 7 Maintenance or Grade 6 Upgrade.

Please Note - SRC selection for Assignments to State Cup games / Tournaments / Out-of-State events / etc., Referees will often be based on a review of the referee's "Portfolio". Click on the following link to find what the SRC considers as part of a referee's Portfolio: SRC Portfolio Guidelines

(*) Definitions and Notes (click to expand)
(*) USSF Notes
  • All State Referee Association requirements must be made public
  • All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there are no minimum number hours associated with either requirement
  • At a minimum, U.S. Soccer recommends that training includes the completion of all online training materials for the Grade 7 Referee Course
  • The passing test score is 80% and all testing and training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association

4. State Referee Grade 6

Certification Requirements
USSF Description 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.
Criteria WASRC USSF (New)
Personal Conduct State referee candidates must be in good standing with the SRC concerning USSF and SRC expected conduct and ethics on the field, off the field, in public and in all forms of communication. None
Age Minimum of 18 years old Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Game Experience Minimum of 100 games which are U16 or above. Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Grade Experience Minimum of 1 year as a Grade 7 Referee. Determined by the State Referee Association
Training Complete the Online Grade 6 State Referee Course only through links on this website, plus a Classroom Upgrade Course.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!
Complete the Grade 6 State Referee Course (*)
Laws of the Game Test Pass the State Referee Test [TWICE] (Once Online and again given in the Classroom Clinic @ 80% or better) Pass the Grade 6 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test Same as US Soccer requirements. Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests as follows:
  1. Sprint test (must use electronic gates for timing)
    • 6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 6.6 seconds per sprint.
AND
  1. Interval Test
    • Maximum of 35 seconds for the 150 meter run
    • Maximum of 40 seconds for the 50 meter walk
Practical Evaluation Pass two (2) assessments (USSF) as Referee and one (1) assessment as Assistant Referee with the following requirements:
  1. One of the two Referee assessments must be on an Adult (A) Game (USSF)
  2. Adult game must be USASA (WSASA) affiliated or assigned by PRO or assigned by FIFA (USSF)
  3. (N) Non Adult games must be either State Youth Cup Semi, Final or Local Area Coordinator [USSF LAC] assigned (WASRC)
  4. All assessments must be either Adult (A) or Non Adult (N) as defined in 2. and 3. above
  5. All assessments as Referee must be completed by two different State Assessors [or higher] (USSF)
  6. All games must be USSF affiliated with a minimum of 40 minute halves (USSF)
  7. All games must meet the USSF sufficient test / rateable game criteria (USSF)
  8. Two (2) assessment must be as Referee (WASRC)
  9. One (1) assessment must be as Assistant Referee (WASRC)
  10. Assessments are valid for 12 months
Note: It is possible to have two (2) assessments on the same day provided:
  1. All the conditions above are met, including
  2. One (1) game is as Referee and one (1) game is as AR
  3. At least one (1) game is Adult (A)
  4. Two (2) different State Assessors [or higher] are used
Examples:
  1. Pass two assessments as Referee on an (A) game and one assessment as Assistant Referee on an (A or N) game, so (A)+(A)+(A or N)
  2. Pass one assessment as Referee on an (A) game, pass one assessment as Referee on an (N) game, and one assessment as Assistant Referee on an (A or N) game, so (A)+(N)+(A or N)
Note:
  1. (USSF) means current U.S. Soccer requirement
  2. (WASRC) means Washington State Referee Committee Policy
  3. All assessments must be requested and approved (assigned) in advance via WAReferees website (WASRC)
    1. Exceptions, by request, might be made for assessments done at USSF Identification and similar events
  4. Assessor must enter Referee Assessment in USSF's Game Officials and WAReferees (WASRC)
  5. Any game not meeting the USSF sufficient test / rateable game criteria will be recorded in WAReferees as Developmental and will not count toward assessment requirements. Referees will then have to request and pay for another assessment. (WASRC).
Note: Said differently, the requesting referee bears the financial burden if requesting assessments on games that are not rateable.
Minimum of 2 completed by 2 State Assessors
Annual Renewal Requirements
Personal Conduct State referee candidates must be in good standing with the SRC concerning USSF and SRC expected conduct and ethics on the field, off the field, in public and in all forms of communication. None
Training 1. Complete the Online Referee Grade 6 Clinic only through links on this website.
2. Attendance at one or more "Qualifying Events" during the current badge year.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!
Determined by the State Association
Laws of the Game Test Pass the State Referee Test (embedded in the Online Referee Grade 6 Clinic) with a score of 80% or better Pass the Grade 6 State Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test Same as US Soccer requirements. Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests as follows:
  1. Sprint test (must use electronic gates for timing)
    • 6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 6.6 seconds per sprint.
AND
  1. Interval Test
    • Maximum of 35 seconds for the 150 meter run
    • Maximum of 40 seconds for the 50 meter walk
Practical Evaluation Pass two (2) assessments (USSF) with the following requirements:
  1. One of the two assessments must be on an Adult (A) Game (USSF)
  2. (A) Adult game must be USASA (WSASA) affiliated or assigned by PRO or assigned by FIFA (USSF)
  3. (N) Non Adult games must be either State Youth Cup Semi, Final or Local Area Coordinator [USSF LAC] assigned (WASRC)
  4. All assessments must be either Adult (A) or Non Adult (N) as defined in 2. and 3. above
  5. All assessments as Referee must be completed by two different State Assessors [or higher] (USSF)
  6. All games must be USSF affiliated with a minimum of 40 minute halves (USSF)
  7. All games must meet the USSF sufficient test / rateable game criteria (USSF)
  8. One (1) assessment must be as Referee (WASRC)
  9. One (1) assessment must be as Assistant Referee (WASRC)
  10. Assessments are valid for 12 months
Examples:
  1. Pass one assessment as Referee on an (A) game and one assessment as Assistant Referee on an (A) game, so (A)+(A)
  2. Pass one assessment as Referee on an (A) game and one assessment as Assistant Referee on an (N) game, so (A)+(N)
  3. Pass one assessment as Referee on an (N) game and one assessment as Assistant Referee on an (A) game, so (N)+(A)
Note:
  1. (USSF) means current U.S. Soccer requirement
  2. (WASRC) means Washington State Referee Committee Policy
  3. All assessments must be requested and approved (assigned) in advance via WAReferees website (WASRC)
    1. Exceptions, by request, might be made for assessments done at USSF Identification and similar events
  4. Assessor must enter Referee Assessment in USSF's Game Officials and WAReferees (WASRC)
  5. Any game not meeting the USSF sufficient test / rateable game criteria will be recorded in WAReferees as Developmental and will not count toward assessment requirements. Referees will then have to request and pay for another assessment. (WASRC).
Note: Said differently, the requesting referee bears the financial burden if requesting assessments on games that are not rateable.
Minimum of 2 completed by 2 State Assessors
Please Note - SRC selection for Assignments to State Cup games / Tournaments / Out-of-State events / etc., Referees will often be based on a review of the referee's "Portfolio". Click on the following link to find what the SRC considers as part of a referee's Portfolio: SRC Portfolio Guidelines

(*) Definitions and Notes (click to expand)
(*) USSF Notes
  • All State Referee Association requirements must be made public
  • All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there are no minimum number of hours associated with either requirement
  • The passing test score is 80% and all testing requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association
  • Minimum of 2 passing assessments that meet the sufficient test criteria (from affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves) completed by two different State Assessors, and at least 1 of these assessments must be from an adult game
    • State Referee Associations may establish addition assessment requirements

5. Referee Grade 13 - 16 Emeritus

Certification Requirements
USSF Description The purpose of the emeritus grades is to allow officials to retire from the game at the highest referee grade they attained. It may not be used to circumvent any registration, certification or recertification requirements mandated by U.S. Soccer or the State Referee Association.
Criteria WASRC USSF (New)
Age None None
Previous Game Experience None None
Previous Grade Experience None None
Training Per USSF For those Emeritus Referees looking to remain active, they must meet the established recertification requirements each year for the level they want to officiate at and adhere to all registration requirements for that grade.
Laws of the Game Test Per USSF See above
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
Annual Renewal Requirements
Training 1. Complete the Online Referee Grade 7 Course only through links on this website.

DO NOT complete the online course by going directly to the USSoccer website!

2. Sign up for 1 or more Grade 7/8 recertification clinics and attend at least one unless Online Only recertification is offered and available.
For those Emeritus Referees looking to remain active, they must meet the established recertification requirements each year for the level they want to officiate at and adhere to all registration requirements for that grade.
Laws of the Game Test Included in the Online Referee Grade 7 Course See Above
Fitness Test None None
Practical Evaluation None None
(*) Definitions and Notes (click to expand)
(*) USSF Notes
  • All State Referee Association requirements must be made public
  • All requirements listed are minimums provided by U.S. Soccer
  • All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there is no minimum number of hours associated with either requirement
  • The minimum passing test score is 80% and all testing requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association

6. Referee - Late, Lapsed & Returning Recertification Criteria

Categories Any referee who has not registered for the next calendar year with the U.S. Soccer Federation through the Washington State Referee Committee (WASRC) before January 01 is considered:
  1. Late - registered for the previous calendar year but not the current calendar year.
    • Late referees cannot be assigned to or work any games until they have recertified based on the WASRC published current year recertification requirement.
    • Late referees have until June 20 to complete the recertification requirements.
    • The WASRC may add "late" administrative fees in addition to the normal WASRC and USSF recertification fees.
    • Late recertifying referees will be registered for the current calendar year only. Starting after 7/1 they may start the recertification process for the next calendar year and are expected to have the recertification requirements complete by 12/31 of the current calendar year.
    • Late referees not recertified by 7/1 move to the category - Late & Lapsed.

  2. Lapsed - not registered for the previous calendar year, perhaps as far back as the four (4) previous calendar years.
    • Lapsed referees cannot be assigned to or work any games until they have recertified based on the WASRC published current year recertification requirement.
    • Lapsed referees have until June 20 to complete the recertification requirements.
    • Lapsed recertifying referees will be registered for the current calendar year only. Starting after 7/1 they may start the recertification process for the next calendar year and are expected to have the recertification requirements complete by 12/31 of the current calendar year.
    • Lapsed referees not recertified by 7/1 move to the next category - Late & Lapsed.

  3. Late & Lapsed - same as Lapsed above but has an extend window to complete the recertification requirements.
    • Late & Lapsed may still recertify between 7/1 and 9/30 but will incur additional fees.
    • Late & Lapsed will pay the current calendar fees and "late" fees, plus the WASRC may add additional processing fees.
    • Late & Lapsed will pay the next calendar normal registration fees
    • Late & Lapsed will be registered to referee immediately and though the next calendar year.
    • Late & Lapsed has a hard cutoff of 9/30. After this date it is not possible to recertify until the following calendar year.

  4. Returning - not registered for five (5) or more calendar years:
    • Must meet all the WASRC published requirements of a New Referee.
    • Will be badged for the current calendar year (1/1- 6/30) or the next calendar year (7/1 -12/31).
    • Can be assigned and work any games upon successful completion of all the WASRC published New Referee requirements.
Process - Late and Lapsed
(1-4 Years)
  1. Referees Grades 9, 8, 7 and Emeritus - Referees will be registered at the grade previously held after successfully fulfilling all of the grade specific WASRC published recertification requirements published for that year.

  2. Referees Grades 6 or 5 - Referees can only be initially registered as Grades 7 or Emeritus [if qualified] after successfully fulfilling all of the grade specific WASRC published recertification requirements published for that year. Once registered at one of these grades they may then regain Grade 6 after successfully fulfilling all the appropriate WASRC published recertification requirements published for that year for Grade 6. There will be additional fees for this process.
Process - Returning
(5+ Years)
  1. Referees in all Grades - Referees will initially be registered as Grade 9 or 8 after meeting all the WASRC published requirements for New Referee certification. Currently the WASRC is not offering any Grade 9 New Referee clinics.

  2. Referees Grades 7, 6, 5 or Emeritus - Referees can only be initially registered as Grade 9 or 8 after successfully meeting all the WASRC published requirements for New Referee certification. Once registered at one of these grades they may then regain Grade 7, 6, 5 or Emeritus after successfully fulfilling all the appropriate WASRC published recertification requirements published for that year for the previously held Grade. There may be additional fees for this process.

SRC Portfolio Guidelines

SRC selection for Assignments to State Cup games / Tournaments / Out-of-State events / etc., Referees will often be based on a review of the referee's "Portfolio". Click on the following link to find what the SRC considers as part of a referee's Portfolio: SRC Portfolio Guidelines