FAQs

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How old do I have to be to referee?
Even though USSF does not have an age limit, you must be at least 14 years old in Alabama to referee For High School, you need to be at least 16 years old to referee

May I arrive late or leave early for a clinic?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! It is disruptive to the class and unfair to those who are there for the entire clinic.

How long am I certified for?
Your certification is good for one year (Jan 1 - Dec 31). The exception to this is if you attend an initial entry clinic and register between August through December you are certified from the date of your registration until Dec 31 of the following year

What are the costs involved?
There is both a clinic fee and USSF Registration fee. Total costs for a Grade 8 Referee would be $100.00. This would not include the cost of the Referee Uniform.

When and where do I pay the fees?
You pay the clinic fee at the clinic and the USSF registration fee online.

What are referee grades?
Referee grades are NOT SCHOOL grades

  • Grade 9: The authorized assignment level for a Recreational Referee (Grade 9) is referee on recreational youth games U-14 and younger only and Assistant Referee on any youth game U-14 or below. This grade is no longer offered in Alabama
  • Grade 8: Most referees begin their careers as Grade 8 having taken the entry training course. The Referee must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Grade 7: Is an experienced referee qualified to officiate all but the highest levels of amateur soccer.
  • Grade 6: The highest level of competition within a state (amateur leagues beyond youth)
  • Grade 5: Grade 5 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for national service.
  • Grades 3 and 4: Competition at the national level (including professional soccer and MLS) requires Grade 3 or 4. Grade 3 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for international service.
  • Grade 2: FIFA Assistant Referees are designated as Grade 2.
  • Grade 1: FIFA Referees who officiate in international matches are designated as Grade 1.

I am a registered referee do I have to attend a recert clinic?
Yes. All registered referees must attend a recertification clinic and register every year.

I did not attend a recertification clinic this year, can I still referee?
No, you must be registered for the current year, with a current year badge, in order to referee. Recertification clinics are conducted from August through March (allthough if you wait until after January 1 to attend a recertification clinic, you must pay an additional $25 late clinic fee). You can also wait to attend a recertification clinic for the next year, but then must wait until after January 1 to referee.

I have not registered the past 2 years, can I attend a recertification clinic and register?
Yes, but you must wait until after January 1 to referee. If you have let your registration lapse 3 or more years, then you must attend an initial entry clinic.

Do I have to take a physical fitness test to renew my certification?
Grade 9 and 8 referees are not required to complete a physical fitness test. Grade 5, 6, and 7 referees are required to pass an annual fitness test.

I cannot login to the ussoccer.info website
If you forgot your password, use the "forgot password" button to retreive it. If you do not have access to the e-mail address you put down when you registered or you do not remember your username, please contact our SRA.

How can I get a replacement referee badge?
Click on this link To Order Replacement Referee Badge Follow the instructions on the website to login. Once logged in, look for a menu on the left side for the referee badge for your grade and order it.

How does my club host a referee clinic?
First, you will need to make arrangements for a public meeting facility (local school, library, conference room) with a projector, TV/DVD and screen, You’ll then contact our State Director of Instruction to discuss the appropriate dates and times. The SDI will schedule the USSF instructors. Clinics are typically a one day event 8-10 hours.

How can my club get referees for a tournament?
Look under the Officers tab and contact one of the area assignors to contract with. The assignor must be a USSF certified assignor for USSF sanctioned matches.

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