Upgrade & Maintenance Procedures & Requirements (revised 9/19)

Grassroots Referee

US Soccer has combined the old ‘number’ grade level designation into Grassroots, Regional and National referees. Levels 9, 8 & 7 have been  re-classified as Grassroots Referee.

Prospective Regional Referee – Grassroots referees who are interested in pursuing higher levels of game assignments and looking towards a Regional Referee badge are encouraged to attend the advanced re-certification clinic and prepare to run the fitness test. There will also be an assessment and/or mentoring requirement to be determined.

Upgrade to Regional (formerly – Level 6 State) Referee

The following requirements must be completed in the same calendar as the requested upgrade, with the exception of the Upgrade Clinic, which may be completed earlier:

  • Upgrade Clinic completion
  • Game count on U19 or higher level games
  • Physical test with passing times and distances
  • Written Test, Regional Referee Exam with passing score
  • Three passing assessments
    • Request upgrade assessments prior to the game
    • Two passed assessments must be as a Referee
    • One passed assessment must be as an Assistant Referee
    • If you fail an assessment, you must request another assessment
    • One of the Referee assessments must be on a U23M or an Adult Amateur game

A referee should not expect to get all of the required upgrade assessments at State Cup or other Youth Competitions.  Do not expect the higher level games (U17 and above qualify at Cup competitions for upgrade) the first or 2nd year of officiating State Cup Competitions.

We can possibly help you to coordinate assessments with others that wish to upgrade, so you can fashion a 3-person crew, all on the same game/request.  This would require an effort on your part to work with the other Referees and the Assignor.

Please be advised that when a referee goes for an upgrade assessment, they either pass the assessment (for upgrade), or receive a further evaluation (failure). Failed assessments do not count in the upgrade process, and do not need to be replaced.  The State Referee upgrade process can be time consuming and cost money, and the process is not to be undertaken lightly.

Games which the assessor deems as non-competitive or not a “test” of the referee’s abilities, do not count for an upgrade, even if the referee’s performance was satisfactory. You will still have to pay for the assessor – through the SDA.  If the referee fails a non-competitive match, the game counts as a failure, and will not need to be replaced.

Once a Referee has successfully completed the three assessments and completes the registration/clinic process, their criteria for upgrade will be reviewed by the Wisconsin Program for Referee Development Selection Panel, which Panel shall approve or deny an upgrade request.

Once State Referee status is obtained, the following must be performed each year to maintain the State Referee level: attendance at an annual advanced re-cert clinic (includes successful completion of the physical test and written examination), and an annual maintenance assessment.

Upgrade Requirements
Subject to WisRef Referee Assessment/Upgrade Criteria

Grassroot
Referee
CURRENT LEVEL
Prospective Regional Referee
CURRENT LEVEL
Regional Referee
CURRENT LEVEL
National Referee Candidate
1. Minimum Age 13 17 18 19
2a. Experience (minimum cumulative career outdoor games at designated level) Not Required Referee: 75
Assistant Referee: 25
Level: USSF games
Referee: 100
Assistant Referee: 25
Level: USSF U19 competitive leagues or higher level
Referee: 150
Assistant Referee: 50
Level: Of the 150 games a minimum of 50 must be on adult Division 1 league games
2b. Time in present level Not Required 12 months as level 8 12 months as level 7 12 months as level 6
3. Training course requirements Grassroots course 5 hours of USSF Intermediate Level Training (Advanced Recert) 19 hours of Advanced Referee Training (19 Hour Upgrade Clinic) 7 hours of In-Service State Referee Training (Advanced Recert)
4. Written Exam 75% minimum score on USSF State Level Exam 75% minimum score on USSF State Level Exam 85% minimum score on USSF State Level Exam
5. Field Evaluation by Registered USSF Assessor Not Required Pass one evaluation as referee on U17 or higher level game employing the DSC Pass two field assessments as referee and one as assistant referee in U17 competitive leagues or higher Pass two field assessments as referee and one as assistant referee in top adult Division 1 leagues or higher
6. Endurance Test Not Required Required – see below Required – see below Required – see below

Physical Fitness Test Requirements – Upgrade and Grade Maintenance

CURRENT LEVEL
Grassroots
Referee
CURRENT / NEW LEVEL
Prospective Regional Referee
CURRENT / NEW LEVEL
Regional Referee
CURRENT / NEW LEVEL
National Referee Candidate
Endurance Test None Required 150M sprint / 50M walk
8 laps
150M sprint / 50M walk
10 laps
150M sprint / 50M walk
12 laps
40Meter Sprint None Required 6.4 sec 6 times 6.4 sec 6 times 6.4 sec 6 times

Annual Grade Maintenance Requirements

CURRENT LEVEL
Grassroots
Referee
CURRENT LEVEL
Prospective Regional Referee
CURRENT LEVEL
Regional
Referee
CURRENT LEVEL
National Referee Candidate
Recert Clinic / Course Grassroots Recert Advanced Recert Advanced Recert Advanced Recert
Endurance Test None Required As above As above As above
Field Assessment None Required None Required 1 Ref U17B or above 1 Ref U17B or above

Should you need further information, please contact Jamey Walter (jamey@wisref.org) State Director of Assessment,  Thomas Mesalk (tom@wisref.org) WisRef Registrar, or Sue Walter (sue@wisref.org) State Director of Assignment.

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