Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association

The following information has been extracted from the USSF Referee Administrative Handbook and recent memoranda.

Referees who are registered with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) may upgrade to the next referee grade once they have satisfied specific requirements.

Upgrading requires:

  • Minimum age
  • Game experience at the appropriate level
  • Time in present grade
  • Training courses
  • Written examination
  • Assessments
  • Physical Fitness Test

Because of the complexity of upgrading, it is strongly recommended that you contact and work with your Area Coordinator of Assessment to ensure you satisfy all requirements.

 

Physical Fitness Requirements

A physical fitness test is required for registration, annual renewal and upgrading for the referee classes shown. The test can be administered by designated United States Soccer Federation Instructors. A document signed by the individual conducting the test is required. Fitness tests must be taken within a six-month period preceding the start of a new season or the date of registration.

The referee must pass all of the events that are part of the test at the same testing session. A reasonable rest period should be allowed between events.

Physical fitness requirements vary according to your referee grade.

Physical Fitness Test
Grade 7 State Referee
Fitness Test Age Time/Distance Time/Distance
Endurance Test (meters run in 12 minutes)
Under 38 2200 meters 2400 meters
38-45 2000 meters 2200 meters
over 45 1800 meters 2000 meters
Speed Test 50-meter dash (run once)
Under 46 9.0 seconds 9.0 seconds
Over 45 9.5 seconds 9.0 seconds
Speed Test 200-meter dash (run once) ALL 40.0 seconds 40.0 seconds

 

The referee must pass all of the events that are part of the test at the same testing session. A reasonable rest period should be allowed between events.

 

The criteria for certifying and upgrading vary according to the grade you wish to attain.

Referees and State Referees
Upgrade Criteria Referee Class 1 (Grade 7) State Referee 2 (Grade 6) State Referee 1 (Grade 5)
1. Minimum Age 17 18 19
2. Experience (minimum cumulative career outdoor games at designated level) Referee: 75 Assistant Referee: 25 Referee: 100 Assistant Referee: 25 Referee: 150 Assistant Referee: 50
a. Game level to be counted for advancement USSF Games (DSC) U-19 competitive leagues or higher level (using DSC) Of the 150 games, a minimum of 50 must be on adult Division 1 league games
b. Time in present grade 12 months as Referee Class 2 12 months as Referee 1 prior to application 12 months as State Referee 2 prior to application
3. Training Course Requirements 5 hours of USSF Intermediate Level Training 19 hours of State Referee Training 7 hours of In-Service State Referee Training
4. Written Examination 85% minimum score on USSF Referee Exam 75% minimum score on USSF State Referee Exam 85% minimum score on USSF State Referee Exam
5. Field Evaluation by USSF Assessor Pass one evaluation as referee in an U-19 or higher level game employing the DSC Pass two field assessments as a referee and one as an assistant referee in U-19 competitive league or higher Pass two field assessments as a referee and one as an assistant referee in top adult Division 1 leagues or higher
6. Physical Fitness Test Requirements Requirements Requirements

The Assessment Process

Assessors observe the on-field performance a crew of officials and subsequently provide verbal (and written) feedback to the crew after the match. Assessments must be at an appropriate level of competition when considering USSF upgrades or for maintaining USSF grade 6 referees (state 2) and above. See the Referee Administrative Handbook for specific requirements and further information on re-certification and upgrading.

Additionally, assessments are a great way to improve your skills as a referee. The culmination of an assessment is the face-to-face candid and pointed discussion about your performance during game situations. The assessed should leave the discussion with knowledge that will help him or her become a more competent referee or assistant referee. The assessment program is a dynamic tool, which provides immediate feedback about performance strengths and necessary performance improvements.

The types of things that an assessor looks for during a game assessment are contained in the Assessment Guidelines.

To be assessed, contact your Area Coordinator of Assessment. Tell him or her about your goals. He will ask you questions about your current experience and will subsequently recommend a course of action or a development plan. The development plan might include:

  • Informal evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Collaboration with assignors at an appropriate level of competition
  • Upgrading

Assessments for all referees who wish to maintain a USSF grade 5 (state 1) referee or to upgrade to a USSF grade 5 must contact the State Director of Assessment (ENY Referees) or his Area Coordinator of Assessment.

Additional Assessment Guidelines and Requirements

Referees who need maintenance assessments to maintain their grade or referees who want to upgrade must have their assessments completed before attending a re-certification clinic.

Remember:  All assessment reports must be submitted by the assessor within ten days of the assessment.

Requesting an Assessment

A referee requesting an assessment for upgrade (or constructive review) must submit a formal request for assessment to the Area Coordinator of Assessment. Each request will be added to the list of requests on the date received, and the coordinator will work with the assignors to schedule an appropriate game and an assessor.

Remember: The number of available assessors and the timing of the request will impact the ability to fulfill that request.

When an assessor is scheduled and confirmed, the coordinator will notify the referee about the assessor. At that point the referee must notify the assessor if there are any changes in time or place for the match.

At the game site, the assessor provides verbal feedback to the referee following the game. Additionally, written feedback is provided after (through email). A report of the assessment is sent by the assessor to the coordinator.

If you are assessed but did not receive written feedback within seven days following the match, notify the Area Coordinator of Assessment, immediately.

Assessment Fees

When a referee requests an assessment, he or she must send a check - made out to ENYSSA - to the Area Coordinator of Assessment.  This applies to any assessment.

ENY Referee Certification and Annual Requirements as of 7/1/2014
Certification Criteria Recreational Grade 9 Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6
Minimum Age None 15 17 18
Experience (minimum cumulative outdoor games at designated level)   Not applicable Not applicable Assistant Referee 25 Assistant Referee 50
Game level to be counted for advancement Not applicable Not applicable US Soccer Federation Games 50 must be on adult Div 1 league games or higher or from the U.S. Soccer list of approved games.
Time in present grade Not applicable Not applicable 12 months as a Grade 8 prior to application 12 months as a Grade 7 prior to application
Training Successfully complete US Soccer Recreational Referee Training Course Successfully complete U.S. Soccer Grade 8 Referee Course (or the Referee Bridge Course to upgrade from 9 to 8) Successfully complete U.S. Soccer Grade 7 Referee Training Course Sufficient experience and game count in USSF affiliated games (adult level or equivalent)
Written Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Recreational Referee Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Grade 8 Referee Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Grade 7 Referee Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Grade 6 Referee Exam
Physical Fitness Exam Not Required Not Required Not Required Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Evaluation / Assessment by registered USSF Assessor Not required. It is recommended that new referees be observed in one of their first 10 games. Not required. It is recommended that new referees be observed in one of their first 10 games. Not required. It is recommended that new referees be observed once in their first year. Minimum of 2 passing assessments meeting the sufficient test criteria in affiliated games, 1 must be an adult game
Annual Renewal Requirements
In Service Training Four hours during the preceding 12 months Five hours during the preceding 12 months Five hours during the preceding 12 months Five hours during the preceding 12 months
Refresher Exam Not Required Required 80% Passing Score On Grade 8 Refresher Exam Required 80% Passing Score On Grade 7 Refresher Exam Required 80% Passing Score On Grade 6 Refresher Exam
Physical Fitness Exam Not Required Not Required Not Required Required with passing Score (FIFA Sprint & Interval Test)
Field Evaluation Not Required Not Required Not Required One assessment as referee in adult game required*
*For upgrading Grade 6 referees, the assessments should be completed within a 12-month period. No more than 2 failing assessments can occur within that time period. If a candidate fails a third assessment in a 12-month period, the referee must start the upgrade procedure over for the next registration cycle, starting with zero assessments.