Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club offers opportunities for interested members to become certified referees.
In Colorado, the Referee Course consists of two parts: online 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 the U.S. Soccer Grade 8 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the competitive youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned to the most appropriate age group and level to best serve the game and the referees.
If you work five games per week throughout the eight-week season, you could earn $1,000 for just 60 hours of work. That’s more than many other common jobs for high school students!
YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 14 YEARS OLD TO TAKE THIS COURSE
Cost for this course is $90. Of this, $50 for all three course sections and $40 for first year registration with US Soccer Federation. Course fees are not refundable but may be transferred to a different course within the educational year. Course fees are collected when the future referee registers for the field course in Step 2.
Grade 8 Course Instructions
Attend 5 hour field session. THIS SESSION IS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION. PLAN TO SHADOW WORKING REFEREES AND ASSISTANT REFEREES, PARTICIPATE IN THOSE ROLES TO PREPARE FOR WORKING GAMES. If you have not purchased your referee uniform before this session, wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and bring water, snacks as needed.
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Course Type – 2017 Grade 8 Referee Classroom Session
Log in with your already created Username & Password to register for a class session
Attend 4 hour classroom session to receive your badge. The session includes a review of the online learning sessions, Law 11 and 12, taking the USSF Grade 8 Referee test as well as learning about the administrative responsibilities of the referee
Participants will be registered with U.S. Soccer and eligible to referee only after completion of the three course steps.
If you are a registered grade 9 recreational referee and age 14 you may register for the Colorado “bridge” course to advance to U.S. Soccer Referee Grade 8.
Referee Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 USSF depending on each individual referee’s level of training.
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.
A Grade 8 Referee is the entry-level referee who is prepared to officiate competitive youth soccer matches.
A Grade 7 referee is able to officiate amateur adult soccer matches.
A Grade 6 referee is able to officiate the most competitive soccer matches within their state or region.
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.
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.
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.
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.