Administration

How does my club/unit/district host a referee clinic?

First, identify the type of clinic you’d like to host. You’ll need to make arrangements for a public meeting facility (local school, library, conference room) with a projector, TV/VCR, and screen. You’ll also need to have a local contact person to handle registration and answer pre-clinic questions. You’ll then contact your district administrator to discuss the appropriate dates and times. This individual will schedule the USSF instructors. Contact Jon Schrantz for more information.

Assignments

How are referee assignments made?

Referee assignments are handled locally by registered assignors, contracted by clubs/leagues. All registered assignors in Wisconsin are required to use the online system through WisRef.GameOfficials.net for assignment purposes. It is possible that you’ll receive emails from assignors in other areas of the state, particularly those assignors recruiting referees to work tournaments.

New Referees

Is there a minimum age to become a referee?

The USSF has no minimum age requirement. However, in Wisconsin you must be at least 14 years of age to become a grade 8 referee. Those between the ages of 12-14 may attend a New Referee training course, but will be registered as a grade 9 referee and will be eligible for recreational games only.

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.

Why aren’t there any referee courses listed? When can I take a course?

REFEREE COURSE TIMING
Our New Referee and our Referee Recertification courses are mostly from November through March – the “off season” for outdoor soccer. We also may have a few late summer New Referee as well as Referee Recertification courses, in July or August. These courses are typically not added until mid-June to July, as we are in the middle of the outdoor season April through June.

NEW REFEREE
A Referee Candidate must attend a New Referee course, and a Referee who has a multi-year registration lapse must also attend a New Referee course.

GRADE 8/9 RECERTIFICATION
All Referees must attend an annual Recertification course. A Level 9 Referee (blue badge) will attend a Referee Recertification the next registration period.

ADVANCED RECERTIFICATION
The Advanced Recertification courses are typically held in July or August, and are intended for Level 7, 6 & 5 Referees. Additionally, those Level 8 Referees who are intending to move up the ranks are also encouraged to attend an Advanced Recertification.

STATE REFEREE UPGRADE
The State Referee Upgrade clinics are typically held in July or August, and are typically held every two years – as needed. These clinics are intended for those Level 7 Referees who are intending to move to the State Referee level.

Recertification

Do I have to take a physical fitness test to renew my certification?

Grade 9 & 8 referees are not required to complete a physical fitness test. Grade 5, 6, & 7 referees are required to pass an annual fitness test conducted with Wisconsin. Grade 4 & 3 referees complete their fitness test at an Referee Training Seminar conducted by USSF. Grade 2 & 1 referees complete their fitness test according to FIFA requirements.

I failed to attend a recertification clinic for this year, can I still referee?

Recertification clinics are conducted from July through February for the next registration year. Wisconsin typically conducts a minimum of 60 recertification clinics throughout the state during this time frame. If you missed out on 60 clinics throughout eight months, then you have failed to meet the annual certification requirements set forth by the United States Soccer Federation and are not permitted to referee. You can either attend an entry level clinics and referee as soon as you successfully complete it. You can also wait to attend a recertification clinic for the next year, but then must wait until after Janary 1. You must be registered for the current year, with a current year badge, in order to referee.

Why aren’t there any referee courses listed? When can I take a course?

REFEREE COURSE TIMING
Our New Referee and our Referee Recertification courses are mostly from November through March – the “off season” for outdoor soccer. We also may have a few late summer New Referee as well as Referee Recertification courses, in July or August. These courses are typically not added until mid-June to July, as we are in the middle of the outdoor season April through June.

NEW REFEREE
A Referee Candidate must attend a New Referee course, and a Referee who has a multi-year registration lapse must also attend a New Referee course.

GRADE 8/9 RECERTIFICATION
All Referees must attend an annual Recertification course. A Level 9 Referee (blue badge) will attend a Referee Recertification the next registration period.

ADVANCED RECERTIFICATION
The Advanced Recertification courses are typically held in July or August, and are intended for Level 7, 6 & 5 Referees. Additionally, those Level 8 Referees who are intending to move up the ranks are also encouraged to attend an Advanced Recertification.

STATE REFEREE UPGRADE
The State Referee Upgrade clinics are typically held in July or August, and are typically held every two years – as needed. These clinics are intended for those Level 7 Referees who are intending to move to the State Referee level.

Registration

What is the 16-digit ID number that appears on my USSF registration form?

The 16-digit ID number is a number that is automatically assigned to every referee by the U.S. Federation referee department. This number replaces the use of your social security number for identification purposes only. It may be used by assignment software application.

When will I receive my new referee badge?

The Wisconsin Program for Referee Development has changed the procedure for badge distribution. You should receive your new badge at your recertification clinic, upon successful completion of your requirements and the filing of your registration form with accompanying payment. If you do not receive a badge at your clinic, it will be mailed to you within 3-4 weeks. ID cards will be mailed from the USSF national office at a later date.