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How to Become a Referee
Information for New Referees

How to Become a Referee:

1) What level and age games do you want to referee?

2) Choose a course from the course list.

3) Register online at GameOfficials.net

4) Attend the course and earn your badge (patch).

5) Contact assignors in your area and begin refereeing games.


What level and age games do you want to referee?
- Recreational Youth Games (USSF Grade 9 Course - $65)
- Competitive Youth Games (USSF Grade 8 Course - $65)
- KHSAA High School Games (KHSAA High School License - visit khsaa.org for details)
- Adult Games (USSF Grade 8 Course - $65)


Choose a course from the course list
- visit our Instruction / Courses page to find a course


Register online at GameOfficials.net
- all courses require pre-registration on GameOfficials.net
- contact Bob Gilchrist (slc@kyreferee.com) if you have issues registering


Attend the course and earn your badge (patch)
- Grade 8 Courses are 16 hours long normally spread evenly over two days
- Grade 9 Courses are 8 hours long normally completed in one day
- bring a #2 pencil, a notebook and lunch or lunch-money to class.  Lunch is not normally provided but a lunch-break will be given (see instructor for details).
- pass a multiple-choice national examination
- your license will be valid from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 nationwide (if you initially register after July 1st, you will be licensed for the rest of that year plus the following calendar year)
- 5 hours of in-service training (primarily offered online) will be required to renew your license annually


Contact assignors in your area and begin refereeing games
- referees are independent contractors and are free to referee anywhere within the United States
- a list of all licensed referee assignors is available on kyreferee.com


Information for New Referees:

You have been through an entry level class, completed all the requirements and have your badge. Now what?  The class you took taught you a lot about the Laws of the Game and the mechanics of refereeing, but there are still probably many questions you might have about being a referee.
Based on feedback from thousands of new referees just like you and with the help of more experienced referees who have been where you are now, this information has been put together as a source of helpful tips and advice.  All referees, including those who have done World Cup Games, have started just like you and have learned these lessons the hard way. The advice found here will get you off to the best possible start.
Remember to have fun! 
Click here for the PDF from U.S. Soccer for the Information for New Referees.