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Certification, Re-Certification and Upgrading Requirements

U. S. Soccer is in the process of redefining various roles such as Referee Grade, Instructor Grade, etc. and the Certification, Recertification and as appropriate – Upgrade requirements for these roles.  Some of these changes have already been implemented for Badge Year 2014.  Specifically – the assessment requirements for Referee Grades 6.  Other changes are not mandated until Badge Year 2015 (July 01, 2014).  For those changes not yet mandated, the State Referee Committee can implement or retain 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.  With these parameters, as of August 14, 2013 the State Referee Committee has established those requirements that will be used for all Referee Grades for 2014 Certification, Recertification and Upgrade.  These requirements took effect July 01, 2013 and apply to those Referees not yet registered for Badge Year 2014.

Please note, events not sponsored or formally sanctioned by the State Referee Committee will not be considered as contributing to the Badge Year 2014 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

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!
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 Referee Grade 8 Course only through links on this website.

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


2. Physically attend at least two hours (2) of locally provided classroom or field training sessions.
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 Referee Grade 7 Course only through links on this website.

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


2. Physically attend at least two hours (2) of locally provided classroom or field training session.
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
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 [Not available before early 2014].

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 Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests (Available at RTS and RDA). The Cooper test is not valid for Upgrade. Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Pass two (2) assessments as Referee and one (1) assessment as Assistant Referee:
1. Must meet the USSF sufficient test / ratable game criteria
2. Are USSF affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves
3. Referee Assessments must be completed by two (2) different State Assessors  
4. At least one (1) referee assessment must be an adult game 

Notes: No credit is given for a assessments that are Failed or Not Sufficient Test or both in one game. To get credit for an assessment, it must first be properly recorded both on the USSF Game Officials website and WAReferee.org
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 Badge Year 2014:
  • Complete the Online Referee Grade 6 Clinic only through links on this website. [Note: the Online State Referee Grade 6 Course will contain Grade 7 material until USSF has made the Grade 6 material available]
Starting with Badge Year 2015:
  • Complete the Online Referee Grade 6 Clinic only through links on this website.
  • 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 Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests or Cooper test. The Cooper test is not valid for 2015 recertification. Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation 2014 - Pass a minimum of one (1) assessment as referee on an adult game. (Same rules as in Practical Evaluation above.) 

2015+ - Pass a minimum of one (1) assessment as referee on an adult game. Also pass a minimum of one (1) assessment as Assistant Referee. (Same rules as in Practical Evaluation above, except the Assistant Referee assessment must be self-reported on WAReferees.org [recording on USSF Game Officials is not required]). 
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. State Referee Grade 5

USSF Description

U.S. Soccer will be changing the Grade 5 designation from State Referee to National Candidate effective July 1, 2014. This change will result in all State Referees being registered as Grade 6 and U.S. Soccer will oversee the registration and selection of future National Candidates.

6. 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. Physically attend at least two (2) hours of locally provided classroom or field training sessions.
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

7. Referee - Lapsed & Returning Recertification Criteria

Description Any Referee who was not registered with the U.S. Soccer Federation by the Washington State Referee Committee (WASRC) published badge year cutoff (June 30) is considered “Lapsed” and may then be re-registered for the current calendar year only under the Criteria listed below.

After June 30 and before October 1:

Lapsed Referees will be registered at the grade previously held, up through Referee Grade 7.

Lapsed Referees in grades 6+ may regain their previous grade after fulfilling the appropriate requirement for the grade they wish to register. There will be additional fees for this process. If the Lapsed Referee was last registered as a grade 6 or higher, they may register as a Referee Grade 7 upon successfully completing the grade 7 training and exam requirements.
Criteria - Lapsed Referees who miss 1-2 consecutive years of registration
Registration Period For current calendar year only – For Example: if you register September 15, 2013 – you will be given a 2013 badge and registered through December 31, 2013 only. To then register for the following year (2014) you must meet the WASRC published re-certification requirements published for that year.
Training Option 1: Complete a Special (By Invitation Only) Online Course specific to the recertification Referee Grade
Option 2: Complete an Online / Classroom Course specific to the recertification Referee Grade
Option 3: Complete the Online / Classroom (New) Grade 8 Referee Course
Laws of the Game Test Included in the Online Referee Course
Fees: Grade 8 & 9     Grade 7     
USSF registration Currently: (All) $40.00 $45.00
WASRC registration Currently: (all) $10.00 $10.00
WASRC Administrative Fee Currently: (Option 1 and 2 Only) $20.00 $20.00
Replacement Badge Handling Currently: (Option 1 and 2 Only) $6.00 $6.00
Criteria - Returning Referees who miss 3 or more consecutive years of registration
Requirements Any referee who was not registered with the U.S. Soccer Federation by the Washington State Referee Committee (WASRC) published badge year cutoff for 3 (three) or more years is considered “Returning” and must meet the same criteria as a “New” referee. Please see the requirements for New Referees Grades 9, 8 and 7.

FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

Administration

Sprint Test

  • Participants run six consecutive 40 meter sprints followed by a recovery period after each sprint (while walking back to the start line)

  • Dynamic start with the front foot on a line that is 1.5 meters away from the electronic timing gates at the starting position

  • If a participant falls or trips, they are allowed another attempt at that specific sprint

  • If a participant fails one sprint out of the six, they are given one more attempt immediately after the sixth sprint

  • If a participant fails two sprints, they fail the test

Interval Test

  • Participants run a total of ten consecutive laps

  • A lap consists of two 150 meter runs with two 50 meter recovery walks

    • Starts with running 150 meters in the prescribed time

    • Followed by walking 50 meters in the prescribed time

    • This process is repeated to complete one lap

  • Walking area is marked by cones 3 meters on each side of the 150 meter marks

  • If a participant fails to reach the walking area in the prescribed time, they are issued a warning

  • If a participant fails to reach the walking area for a second time, they fail the test

Notes

  • The time between the sprint test and interval test should be approximately 10 minutes

State Referee Standards

Sprint Test

  • Maximum of 10 seconds per sprint

Interval Test

  • Maximum of 45 seconds for the 150 meter run

  • Maximum of 45 seconds for the 50 meter walk


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