Southside Soccer Club / Tigard Youth Soccer

How To Become A Referee

So you eat, breath and live soccer?  Well, we are always in need of youth and adult referee's throughout the soccer season for both indoor and outdoor soccer games.  So with that in mind we wanted to guide our youth player's to the proper place to gain the skills needed to become a full fledged licensed soccer referee.

You can become a referee by attending and successfully completing a referee training course.  As of July, 2013 US Soccer Federation (USSF) authorized two entry-level referee certifications: Recreational Referee Grade 9 and Referee Grade 8.  However, Referee Grade 8 entry level is the most popular and recommended by SSC.  With this in mind, we posted below a link to the Oregon Soccer Referees website for additional information and training schedule.  

Grade 8: The minimum age to become a referee is 13 and you must complete 18 hours of training: 12 hours of class-room time, approximately 4-6 hours "on-line" study plus an additional 2 hours field session and pass a  written test assessment.   You will then be able to referee on youth games (recreational and competitive), assistant in comparable games as well as also accept assignments for adult games in either referee or AR position.

Grade 9: The minimum age to become a Grade 9 referee is 10 and you must complete 8 hours of training and pass written test upon completion. Center or Assistant Referee on recreational assignments ONLY for U-14 age group and below.  We highly recommend a Grade 8 level course, instead. 

Once you successfully complete a referee course and register with the USSF, you will receive your badge and will need to get appropriate referee gear, including a soccer referee uniform, soccer referee flags, referee cards, whistle, watch and shoes.  And then you will be ready to officiate soccer games by contacting our referee coordinator and scheduling games.  Go to and register to referee for our club, Tigard Youth Soccer.  This will allow you to start earning some money for college or clothes or whatever you spend money on.  

Good luck to you in your future as a soccer referee and we cannot wait to see you on the pitch!

For more information, contact John Hanna at 503-968-7197 or