How do I become a Sudbury Soccer Referee?
1. You must determine what course you should take to get certified:
- Grade 9 - if you are at least 12 but not yet 16 years old
- Grade 8 - if you are older than 16
- Grade 8 Bridge - if have been a Grade 9 referee for at least one year AND your age plus your
years of experience add to 16 or more
2. You must sign up for the most convenient course offered by the Massachusetts Referee Committee. Their schedule of courses is listed at: http://www.massref.net/Central/courseofferings.cfm
3. Take the course, pass the test, and get your badge. You will need to purchase a uniform. There are many options available: Brines Sporting Goods in Sudbury or http://www.officialsports.com/ussf_eco_uniforms.htm are just a couple. You will also need a whistle and a stopwatch.
4. Once you have successfully completed the course contact the IM Referee Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number, email address, and social security number. The Coordinator will input your information into our Assignr.com Referee Scheduler Program.
6. On Monday night each week at 7:30, all games will be published. On the Games Tab, you will be able to self-assign games that you have been authorized to referee. These settings have been made already in Assignr.com by our schedulers. As an example, a first year referee is eligible for U8 and U9/U10 In Town games (SSL) and U12 assistant referee roles, but they are restricted from taking a U14 BAYS center ref. If you have questions about what games you are eligible to referee please contact Sandy (email@example.com) for In Town games and Alfonso (firstname.lastname@example.org) for BAYS games. Referees must do at least one season of In Town games before taking on U9 and U10 center referee roles.
7. In Town (SSL) referees are paid after week 5 and week 10.
The Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC) is the state association for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The MSRC is mandated to provide referee training, certification, assessment, and education for soccer officials engaged in youth, adult amateur and professional USSF affiliated matches in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
As the sport of soccer has grown, so has the committee. Today there are over 4,000 certified USSF referees in Massachusetts, officiating more than 350,000 competitions annually.