WisRef Procedures & Protocol

By Tom Mesalk|February 19, 2014|News|

Wisconsin Program for Referee Development

Procedures & Protocol

 The Wisconsin Program for Referee Development (WisRef), the State Referee Committee and its members will follow United State Soccer Federation (“USSF”) Policies and Procedures (“USSF P&P”), as well as other Guidance put forth by USSF from time to time (Guidance).  The Wisconsin Program for Referee Development Procedures & Protocol (“WI P&P”) are meant to be supplementary to the USSF P&P and other USSF Guidance.


A.     The State Referee Committee [“SRC”] shall consist of the following positions, as defined in the USSF P&P:  the State Referee Administrator (SRA), the State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA), the State Director of Referee Instruction (SDI), the State Director of Referee Assessment (SDA), the State Assignor Coordinator (SAC), the President or a representative of the youth State Association, the President or representative of the adult State Association, and the Chairperson, also known as the State Referee Chair, who shall be the previous State Referee Administrator, or the State Referee Administrator, if the previous State Referee Administrator chooses not to serve.  Additionally, the Registrar shall be a member of the State Referee Committee

B.     The Wisconsin Program for Referee Development Panel [“The Panel”] shall be a collection of trusted individuals who will be responsible for reviewing and approving requests for maintaining and upgrading of Referee levels. The Panel will ensure that minimum requirements set forth in this document have been met and that any extenuating circumstances are considered and addressed. The Panel shall be appointed by the SRA and consist of the State Referee Committee as outlined above as well as selected individuals with the requisite experience and knowledge of the Wisconsin pool of Referees. The Panel members shall be published so all Referees know who the current members are.

C.     All those registered with WisRef/USSF are independent contractors, including but not limited to Referees, Assessors, Assignors, Instructors

D.     Referees traveling to competitions outside the State of Wisconsin (and not assigned by the SRA, SYRA, SDA, SDI or State Games Assignor) shall request current registration verification be sent to the host destination state from the SRA or SYRA; said request should include the competition name, dates, location, and name and email of the Assignor


A.     Annual course attendance is required for registration for all positions (Referee, Assignor, Assessor, Instructor, Futsal)

B.     Age limitations for Course Attendance

         a.      Must be 12 years old at the start of the class-room portion of the course

C.     Age limitations for Registration Level and Badge Color

         a.      If under 14 years old as of April 1st of the registration year and will remain under 14 for the entire registration year, the student would be registered as a Level 9 Referee and given a Blue badge, and can only be assigned to recreational games (cannot be assigned to competitive games)

         b.      If under 14 years old as of April 1st of the registration year but will turn 14 during the registration year, the student would be registered as a Level 9 Referee and given a Black badge, but can only be assigned to recreational games until upgraded to Level 8 in GameOfficials, after which can be assigned to recreational and competitive games

         c.      If 14 years old as of April 1st of the registration year, the student would be registered as a Level 8 Referee and given a Black badge, and can be assigned to recreational games and competitive games

D.     Upgrade from Level 9 to Level 8

         a.      A Level 9 Referee will automatically be upgraded to Level 8 in the GameOfficials accountthe month following when the Referee turns 14

         b.      A Level 9 Referee who has turned 14 will have the registration as Level 8 uploaded to USSF upon completion of the next recertification course

         c.      Level 9 to 8 courses are not currently offered in WI

E.      Lapse in Registration

         a.      One year lapse requires attendance at a Recertification course

         b.      Over a one-year lapse requires attendance at a “New Referee” course


A.     The WisRef account of Game Officials.net assigning program shall be utilized for all WisRef assignments, and all assignments in all USSF-affiliated games except those assigned directly by USSF or assigned in the USSF Game Officials assigning program

B.     Annually, all Assignors shall properly execute the WisRef assignor addendum, in order to be properly registered, and be contracted with a club, tournament or competition


A.     Requests for clinics are processed through GameOfficials and must be approved by the SDI who reserves the right to deny or make changes to any request

B.     Districts or hosting Unit/Club shall contract with Instructors.  The SDI reserves the ability to suspend any District/Unit/Club contract of Instructors

C.     Instructors will complete GameOfficials roster information and submit to State office within one week of clinic completion for timely processing of registration


A.     All Requests for Assessments shall be completed using the www.WisRef.org on-line request system.  Recommended minimum notice is 2 weeks prior to game to allow the SDA time to find an available Assessor.  Upon assignment of an Assessor in GameOfficials, the Referee will be able to see the name of the Assessor and when the Assessor has accepted the game.

B.     Referees shall mail a check or money order made payable to WisRef to the Registrar, in the amount of the game fee immediately upon completing the on-line request for assessment (which check will not be cashed until the Assessor completes the electronic assessment

C.     All payments to Assessors shall be approved by the SDA upon completion and submission of the assessment paperwork.  Referees shall not pay an Assessor directly, and an Assessor shall not accept funds directly from a Referee

D.     All Assessor assignments are made either by or with the express consent of the SDA.  Any assessment solicited by a Referee or offered by an Assessor without prior approval of the SDA is subject to review and approval by The Panel.  Assessments or feedback given or received outside the official system may be counted as a mentoring session and could be included in the Referee’s portfolio submission to The Panel

Upgrade and Grade Maintenance

A.     Minimum requirements for Upgrade and Maintenance assessments are set forth in theU.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program – Referee Certification Requirements, and additional WisRef Requirements, as follows (Level 7 requirements are in the process of being modified):

         a.      All Level 8 and 9 Referees are required to complete annual 5 hours of in-classroom instruction or training and pass the Grade 8 Referee Test with a minimum score of 80%

         b.      Al Level 7 and above Referees must attend an Advance Recertification clinic and pass the Grade 6 Referee Test.  Level 7 Referees must pass with a minimum score of 80%.  All State Referees must pass with a minimum score of 85%

         c.      All Level 7 and above Referees are required to pass the FIFA interval test.  Administration of the test is as outlined in the USSF Referee Certification Requirements.  The Level 7 Referees will use the 40-second interval times and must run a minimum of 8 laps.  Level 6 Referees will use the 40-second interval times and must run a minimum of 10 laps.

         d.      To upgrade to Level 7, the Referee must successfully complete one field assessment on a competitive match as a Referee.  The competitive match requirements will be determined by the Assessor, but recommended game level is U17 or higher.  To maintain a Level 7 Grade, a Referee must have one successful field assessment on a competitive match as a Referee

         e.      To upgrade to level 6, the Referee must complete 3 field assessments on competitive matches:  2 as a Referee and 1 as an Assistant Referee.  At least one Referee assessment must be at adult game.  To maintain a Level 6 Grade, a Referee must have two successful field assessments on competitive matches as a Referee, with a minimum one of the assessed games being on an adult game

         f.       Level 5 Referees, or National Candidates, will be selected and managed by USSF

         g.      Emeritus Referees must attend an annual recertification course, and it is recommended that Emeritus Referees attend an Advanced Recertification course

B.     Referees who wish to upgrade to or maintain a level of 6 or higher will be required to submit to The Panel a “portfolio” of their body of work by November 1st of the calendar year prior to the year they would like to be upgraded (i.e. submit portfolio by November 1st  of the current year to be upgraded for the next registration year).  The Panel will determine and publish the portfolio submission format (i.e. electronic document and email address or web form).  A portfolio will consist of the following:

         a.      Game and Event Records:  Individual game list along with date, location, teams, age league or competition, as well as the position of the Referee (Referee, Assistant Referee or 4th Official) and Events (tournaments or other sponsored events that the Referee officiated at)

         b.      Assessment and Mentoring List:  List of any official assessments which were completed by an approved Assessor as well as any mentoring done by any other USSF Assessor or Official or Mentor with written & verbal feedback session which can be verified by the SDA and the Mentor.  Include the date, game details and Assessor/Mentor name

         c.      Additional Information:  List of any additional information relevant to the Referee’s accomplishments during the calendar year.  Include instruction, assessing, mentoring roles, administrative duties, high level unaffiliated matches

C.     The Panel will meet at least annually to review all submitted portfolios and decide whether the individual has exhibited the knowledge, skills and attitude to maintain or upgrade to the desired level.  The Panel will notify all who have submitted proper portfolios, of the Panel’s decision before the individual is registered with USSF for the next registration cycle


A.     Failure to abide by the USSF P&P or WI P&P may result in disciplinary action

B.     The primary method of communication by and between State Referee Committee Administrative Members, Referees, Assignors, Assessors and Instructors will be by email

C.     “Publishing” of P&P and other guidelines and requirements will be on the www.Wisref.org website or through the wisref.gameofficials.com site.

D.     The Laws of the Game recognize only one system for officiating soccer games, namely the diagonal system of control (DSC), consisting of three officials – one Referee and two Assistant Referees.  All USSF-sanctioned games shall have one USSF Referee and two USSF Assistant Referees, depending upon league laws of the game, as modified.  In the event that one USSF Referee and two USSF Assistant Referees are not present at a game, the positions shall be filled, in the following order:

         a.      One USSF Referee, one USSF Referee as an Assistant Referee and one club linesman who is unrelated to either team and not registered as a Referee

         b.      One USSF Referee, and two club linesmen who are unrelated to either team and not registered as Referees, acting as club linesmen

         c.      One USSF Referee and two club linesmen who are not registered USSF Referees and who are affiliated with the participating teams

         d.      One USSF Referee, only if there are not enough USSF Referees or if the club linesmen are unavailable and one Referee is appropriate for the level of competition

         e.     Club linesmen (not registered as USSF Referees) are limited to calling in and out of bounds only

         f.       The Referee or Assistant Referee shall only retain the game fee for the position worked, and shall return all other game fees to the respective teams

E.      Referees are registered by the U.S. Soccer Federation through the State Referee Administrator and are considered independent contractors.  As a matter of courtesy, Referees should inform the Registrar/SRA/SYRA when traveling out of the state association to work games, provided that they have met their obligation to the state association

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