Regional referees have an interest in refereeing regional and national adult competitions including NPSL, USL-2 and Lamar Hunt Open Cup.  They will also officiate grassroots players (both youth and adult) working with other Grassroots, Regional and National Referees.

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TO CERTIFY OR RECERTIFY AS A REGIONAL REFEREE

Annual Requirements

Minimum Age

Minimum age of 18 with at least two consecutive years of experience as a Referee.

Game Log Form

Submit game log form with at least 25 games as a referee and 15 games as an assistant referee all in affiliated, adult matches (for new Regional Referees only).

Online Course

New Regional Referees: Complete First Time Regional Referee course.

Re-certifying Regional Referees: Complete Re-certifying Regional Referee course (for Regional referees that have held a Regional license for 1 or more years).

Fitness Test

Pass the Women’s FIFA Referee fitness test (held in conjunction with the Advanced Training)

  • Males Certifying as Regional Referee must pass the Women’s FIFA Category 1 fitness test.
  • Females Certifying as Regional Referee must pass the Women’s FIFA Category 3 fitness test.

Practical Evaluation

First Time Regional Referee:

Minimum of three (3) passing evaluations as a referee. At least two (2) at the adult amateur level, maximum of one (1) at the highest youth level (U18 or U19) with 2 x 45 minute halves.

Evaluations must be done by three (3) different referee coaches for all three games.

Re-certifying Regional Referee

Two (2) passing referee evaluations. At least one (1) at the adult amateur level, and maximum of one (1) at the highest youth level (U18 or U19) with 2 x 45 minute halves.

Evaluations must be done by two (2) different referee coaches for both games.

Advanced Referee Training

First Time Regional Referee cost: $415
Course fee includes course fee, registration fee and evaluation fee ($105 each) for three evaluations.

Re-certifying Regional Referee cost: $310
Course fee includes course fee, registration fee and evaluation fee ($105 each) for two evaluations.

7 hour classroom session typically held the second weekend of August annually.

SafeSport Training (online assignment) – Must complete every two years.

Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments (online assignment).

Regional Referee Certification Quiz (online assignment).

Background Check ($30)

This must be completed online through the Learning Center every two years. May take up to two weeks to complete and you will not be able to attend any in-person activities until it is completed – please plan ahead!

Advanced Training In-Person Courses

7 hour classroom session typically held the second weekend of August annually. See all Upcoming Classes

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