Benefits of Becoming a Referee

Rapids-Referee

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club offers opportunities for interested members to become certified referees.

In Colorado, the Referee Course consists of two parts: an online module and field session.  Future referees must complete both sections in order to successfully pass the course and be registered with U.S. Soccer. The purpose of this program is to prepare officials for the recreational and small-sided youth game.

Core Values

The Colorado Referee Administration operates under the core values of SEE.


Safety

Enjoyment

Equity

How to Become a Soccer Referee in Colorado

Who am I?Referee GradeOnline CourseField Session
No experience & 12-13 years oldGrade 9 (9hr course) Grassroots Grade 9 Referee Course Part 1On The Field Training Session Part 2
Officiated club's rec games & 12 years oldGrade 9 (9hr course) Grassroots Grade 9 Referee Course Part 1On The Field Training Session Part 2
Grade 9 referee & 14 years oldGrade 8 (9hr course)US Soccer Gr 9 to Grade 8 Bridge Course No
No experience & 14 years oldGrade 8 (18hr course)US Soccer Gr 9 to Grade 8 Bridge CourseOn The Field Training Session Part 2
2 years of experience & 14 years oldGrade 8 (9hr course)U.S. Soccer Grade 9 to 8 Bridge CourseNo
Grade 8 Referee that hasn't recertified in 2-4 yearsGrade 8 (6hr course)Lapse in Registration Re-Certification CourseNo
Was a referee 5+ years ago & want to returnGrade 8 (8hr course)"Fast Track" Grade 8 CourseNo

Referee Contacts

LocationNameE-mailPhone
Fort CollinsDeanna Duncan-AllenDeanna@soccercolorado.net303.888.6863
Rapids NorthPatrick CarlinStormnorthassigning@gmail.com303.931.4707
Rapids Central CompetitiveKim ParkKimpark@playthewhistle.com303.550.6703
Rapids Central RecreationalLeonard Apodacaapodacaleonard@ymail.com303.483.5499
Rapids South Competitive Kim ParkKimpark@playthewhistle.com303.550.6703
Rapids South RecreationalLeonard Apodcacaapodacaleonard@ymail.com303.483.5499
Castle Rock Kim ParkKimpark@playthewhistle.com303.550.6703

Referee Frequently Asked Questions

I registered for a class, but my schedule changed. Am I able to transfer to another class?

Yes. Please send an email to refeducation@coloradoreferees.com with the class you are currently registered in, and the class that you want to register for, and we will transfer you to the class you prefer.

What do the referee grades mean?

When a referee holds a particular license (or grade) the grade indicates the qualification of the referee to officiate at various levels of local, national and international soccer competition. Each referee grade is assigned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) depending on each individual referee’s level of training.

How are the referee grades managed at the national and state level?

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), U.S. Soccer & PRO manage referees who have earned badges Grade 1 – 4. Referees with a Grade 6, 7, 8 & 9 license are registered and managed by the Colorado Referee Committee.

What is a Grade 9 Referee?

A Grade 9 Referee is prepared to officiate small-sided and recreational soccer matches. The Colorado Referee Committee offers a course for Grade 9 referees.

What is a Grade 8 Referee?

A Grade 8 Referee is the entry-level referee who is prepared to officiate competitive youth soccer matches.

What is a Grade 7 Colorado Referee?

A Grade 7 referee is able to officiate amateur adult soccer matches.

What is a Grade 6 Colorado Referee?

A Grade 6 referee is able to officiate the most competitive soccer matches within their state or region.

What is a Grade 5 National Candidate Referee?

A Grade 5 National Candidate has demonstrated exceptional ability as a Grade 6 State Referee. Depending on the selection process, US Soccer recommends that a Grade 5 National Candidate be assigned to the most competitive national events and leagues, as well as lower level professional soccer matches.

What is a Grade 4 Referee?

A Grade 4 National Official is a referee who has demonstrated exceptional ability as a Grade 5 National Candidate. Grade 4 referees are regularly assigned to the most competitive national events and leagues, as well as professional matches.

What is a Grade 3 Referee?

A Grade 3 Professional Official is selected by US Soccer after the referee has demonstrated exceptional ability as a Grade 4 National Official. US Soccer recommends that the Grade 3 official be regularly assigned to professional soccer matches.

What is a Grade 1 and Grade 2 Referee?

A Grade 1 International Referee and Grade 2 International Assistant Referee, is a member of the group of officials who have demonstrated exceptional ability as Grade 3 Professional Official or Grade 4 National Official. The Grade 1 and Grade 2 referee is the best-of the-best and is considered a member of an elite group of officials who are selected by US Soccer, and regularly assigned to the highest level of professional and international soccer match play.