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Certification, Re-Certification and Upgrading Requirements (2017)

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.
  • Example (1): Training taken between Jul 01, and Jun 30, is *valid only for Badge Year Registration.
  • Example (2): Training taken between Jul 01, and Jun 30, is *valid only for Badge Year Registration.

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 (2017)

The Washington State Referee Committee discontinued Grade 9 (Recreational) referee for Badge Year 2016 and all following Badge Years. Anyone still a Grade 9 due to having transferred from another State as Grade 9 or returning with a lapsed registration and wanting to recertify for the coming Badge year must attend a New Referee Clinic (Grade 8).

2. Referee Grade 8 (2017)

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.

Training results will only be recorded if accessed via www.WAReferees.org website. Do not use the US Soccer 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 Not Applicable
Practical Evaluation None Not Applicable
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.

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 Grade 8 Referee Test is included in the Online Recertification training materials Pass the Grade 8 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None Not Applicable
Practical Evaluation None Not Applicable
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 requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association.

3. Referee Grade 7 (2017)

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 18 years old or older. Recommend Minimum 18 Years of Age
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.

Training results will only be recorded if accessed via www.WAReferees.org website. Do not use the US Soccer 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 Not Applicable Not Applicable
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.

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 Grade 7 Referee Test is included in the Online Recertification training materials Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test None Not Applicable
Practical Evaluation None Not Applicable
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 requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association.

4. State Referee Grade 6 (2017)

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
Upgrade Review Upon apparent completion of all upgrade requirements, the upgrade request is reviewed by members of the WASRC. Should the review members have specific concerns of any kind, these concerns will have to be resolved before the upgrade is granted / recognized by the WASRC None
Age Minimum of 18 years old Minimum of 18 years old
Previous Game Experience 50 Games as a Referee/
25 Games as an Assistant Referee

Note, only affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves can be included in this count
50 Games as a Referee/
25 Games as an Assistant Referee
Previous Grade Experience Minimum of 1 year as a Grade 7 Referee Minimum of 1 year as a Grade 7 Referee
Training Complete the Online Grade 6 State Referee Course only through links on this website, plus a two-day, 12 hour Classroom Upgrade Course.

Training results will only be recorded if accessed via www.WAReferees.org website. Do not use the US Soccer website.
Complete the Grade 6 State Referee Course (*)
Laws of the Game Test Pass the State Referee Test [maybe TWICE] (Once Online and perhaps again given in the Classroom Clinic @ 80% or better) Pass the Grade 6 State Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test *** Note *** A passing fitness result in the last 12 months is required prior to requesting Upgrade Assessment

Effective 2017 - Pass the Women Referee Lower categories Sprint and Interval Tests (sprints went from 6.6 to 6.8 and walk from 20 to 24):

Sprint Test - maximum 6.8 seconds per 40m sprint, repeated 6 times (one makeup sprint is allowed)

Interval Test - maximum 17 seconds per 75m run and 24 seconds per 25m walk, repeated 40 times.
Pass the Grade 6 Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation *** Note *** A passing fitness result in the last 12 months is required prior to requesting Upgrade Assessment

Pass two (2) assessments as Referee and one (1) assessment as Assistant Referee with the following requirements:

*** Note *** “Pass” means both at the field and following SDA review.
  1. One of the two Referee assessments must be on an Adult (A) Game
  2. The AR assessment may be on either Adult (A) game or a Non Adult (N) game
  3. (A) Adult game must be USASA affiliated or assigned by PRO or assigned by FIFA
  4. (N) Non Adult games must be either State Youth Cup Semi, Final, Regional League or youth Pro games which are Local Area Coordinator [USSF LAC] assigned. Locally assigned youth games do NOT qualify
  5. All assessments must be either Adult (A) or Non Adult (N) as defined in 2. and 3. above
  6. All assessments as Referee must be completed by two different State Assessors [or higher]
  7. All games must be USSF affiliated with a minimum of 40 minute halves
  8. All games must meet the USSF sufficient test / rateable game criteria
  9. 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. All assessments must be requested and approved (assigned) in advance via www.WAReferees.org website
  2. Exceptions, by request, might be made for assessments done at USSF Identification and similar events
  3. Assessor must enter Referee Assessment in USSF's Game Officials and WAReferees. Assessments are then reviewed by the SDA for approval.
  4. 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.
Note: Said differently, the requesting referee bears the financial burden if requesting assessments on games that are then determined by the assessor to be not rateable.
Minimum of 2 Passing Assessments
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 State Referee Recertification training materials from the www.WAReferees.org website
  2. Annual attendance at one or more “State (such as Pro or RDA clinics), “Regional” (such as Presidents Cup or Far West Regionals) or “USSF ID (such as DA Showcase) events is expected.
Determined by the State Association
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Test(s) embedded in the Online State Referee Recertification training materials with a score of 80% or better Pass the Grade 6 State Referee Test (*)
Fitness Test Effective 2017 - Pass the Women Referee Lower categories Sprint and Interval Tests (sprints went from 6.6 to 6.8 and walk from 20 to 24):

Sprint Test - maximum 6.8 seconds per 40m sprint, repeated 6 times (one makeup sprint is allowed)

Interval Test - maximum 17 seconds per 75m run and 24 seconds per 25m walk, repeated 40 times.
Pass the Grade 6 Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Pass two (2) assessments with the following requirements as Referee or Referee and Assistant Referee:

*** Note *** “Pass” means both at the field and following SDA review.
  1. At least one of the two assessments must be on an Adult (A) Game
  2. (A) Adult game must be USASA affiliated or assigned by PRO or assigned by FIFA
  3. (N) Non Adult games must be either State Youth Cup Semi, Final, Regional League or youth Pro games which are Local Area Coordinator [USSF LAC] assigned. Locally assigned youth games do NOT qualify
  4. All assessments must be either Adult (A) or Non Adult (N) as defined in 2. and 3. above
  5. All assessments must be completed by two different State Assessors [or higher]
  6. All games must be USSF affiliated with a minimum of 40 minute halves
  7. All games must meet the USSF sufficient test / rateable game criteria
  8. 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)
  4. Pass two assessments as Referee:
    1. Both on an (A) game, so (A)+(A)
    2. One on an (A) game and one on a (N) game, so (A)+(N)
Note:
  1. All assessments must be requested and approved (assigned) in advance via www.WAReferees.org website
  2. Exceptions, by request, might be made for assessments done at USSF Identification and similar events
  3. Assessor must enter Referee Assessment in USSF's Game Officials and www.WAReferees.org. Assessments are then reviewed by the SDA for approval.
  4. 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.
Note: Said differently, the requesting referee bears the financial burden if requesting assessments on games that are then determined by the assessor to be not rateable.
Minimum of 2 Passing Assessments
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 from affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves completed by two different State Assessors
    • State Referee Associations may establish addition assessment requirements

5. Referee Grade 13 National Emeritus (2017)

Certification Requirements
USSF Description The purpose of Grade 13 is to allow officials to retire from the game at the highest referee grade they attained. 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 Same as USSF Minimum Age of 45 Years Old
Previous Game Experience None Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Grade Experience Same as USSF Referee Grade 3 or 4 for minimum of 3 years
Training Complete the Online Referee Grade 7 Course and a Classroom (~5 hour) Grade 7 Upgrade Course.

Training results will only be recorded if accessed via www.WAReferees.org website. Do not use the US Soccer website.
Determined by the State Referee Association
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test (paper) in the clinic (80%) Determined by the State Referee Association
Fitness Test None Determined by the State Referee Association
Practical Evaluation None Determined by the State Referee Association
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.
Determined by the State Referee Association
Laws of the Game Test Included in the Online Referee Grade 7 Course Determined by the State Referee Association
Fitness Test None Determined by the State Referee Association
Practical Evaluation None Determined by the State Referee Association
(*) 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 requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association

6. Referee Grade 15 State Emeritus (2017)

Certification Requirements
USSF Description The purpose of Grade 15 is to allow officials to retire from the game at the highest referee grade they attained. 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 Same as USSF Minimum Age of 45 Years Old
Previous Game Experience None Determined by the State Referee Association
Previous Grade Experience Same as USSF Referee Grade 5 or 6 for minimum of 3 years
Training Complete the Online Referee Grade 7 Course and a Classroom (~5 hour) Grade 7 Upgrade Course.

Training results will only be recorded if accessed via www.WAReferees.org website. Do not use the US Soccer website.
Determined by the State Referee Association
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test (paper) in the clinic (80%) Determined by the State Referee Association
Fitness Test None Determined by the State Referee Association
Practical Evaluation None Determined by the State Referee Association
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.
Determined by the State Referee Association
Laws of the Game Test Included in the Online Referee Grade 7 Course Determined by the State Referee Association
Fitness Test None Determined by the State Referee Association
Practical Evaluation None Determined by the State Referee Association
(*) 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 requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association

7. Referee - Late and Lapsed Recertification Criteria (2017)

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:
Late On January 1, are registered for the previous calendar year but have NOT recertified for the current calendar year, that is – are recertifying AFTER December 31.
  1. Late referees cannot be assigned to or work any games until they have recertified based on the WASRC published current year recertification requirements.
  2. Late referees have from January 01 until about June 20 to complete the recertification requirements. Once recertified, they may referee immediately
  3. The WASRC may add "late" administrative fees in addition to the normal WASRC and USSF recertification fees.
  4. Late recertifying referees will be registered for the current calendar year only.
  5. Late referees NOT recertified before July 01 move to the category - Lapsed
Lapsed On July 1, are NOT registered for the previous calendar year.
  1. Lapsed referees cannot be assigned to or work any games until they have recertified based on the WASRC published current year recertification requirements.
  2. Lapsed referees may start / finish the recertification process as early as July 01 through December 31, however:
    • They will NOT be registered, given badges, and allowed to referee until the following January 01.
    • Once recertified on January 01 or after, they may referee immediately
Process -
Late
  1. Referees Grade 9 must attend a New Referee Clinic – Grade 8
  2. Referees Grades 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.
  3. 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 grade 7 or Emeritus they may then regain Grade 6 or 5 after successfully fulfilling all the appropriate WASRC published recertification requirements published for that year for Grade 6 or 5. There will be additional fees for this process.
Process -
Lapsed 1-2 Years
  1. Referees previously registered as Grade 9 must attend a New Referee Clinic – Grade 8
  2. Referees previously registered as Grades 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.
  3. Referees previously registered as 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 grade 7 or Emeritus they may then regain Grade 6 or 5 after successfully fulfilling all the appropriate WASRC published recertification requirements published for that year for Grade 6 or 5. There will be additional fees for this process.
Process -
Lapsed 3+ Years
  1. Referees previously registered as any Grade - Referees will initially be registered as Grade 8 after meeting all the WASRC published requirements for New Referee certification.
  2. Referees previously registered as Grades 7, 6, 5 or Emeritus - Referees can only be initially registered as Grade 8 after successfully meeting all the WASRC published requirements for New Referee certification. Once registered as Grade 8 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