Here is a list of Entry Level Referee Courses that I know have been scheduled and approved.

Interested people can sign up for these now.


California Youth Soccer Association
Heading Policy
(Approved by Board of Directors, August 4, 2019)


Referee Send Off Form – Concussion (2015)

Referee Evaluation Form

Pre-game Checklist

For information on becoming a referee or referee training, click here to visit the CNRA website.

Interested in Sponsoring or Signing up for a USSF Entry Level Referee Course

The following are general notes regarding any individual, group, league, etc… interested in sponsoring or signing up for a USSF Entry Level Referee Course.

Are You, or someone you know, interested in refereeing soccer games?

        Do you believe you have the knowledge and skill to become a licensed soccer official?


    There is an increasing demand for officials and additional help is always welcomed. For more details and information use the contact email below:

While the need continues to rise, the number of willing and available officials seriously lags behind the increasing demand. One of the main reasons shared by most officials is that there always are many “officials” along the sidelines.  Those individuals are willing to openly question, criticize and degrade the work being

done by the officials on the fields, yet most are not willing to roll up their sleeves and use their “expertise” to help out.

  YOU can make a positive impact by becoming a licensed referee and putting on a uniform or by refusing to accept or support the unsporting and irresponsible behavior coming from the sidelines


General information for NEW individuals who want to become licensed referees.

  1. Log on to Click on Referees tab and follow the instructions.
  2. Signup and register for a course of choice online
  3. Minimum age 13 years old
  4. $75 registration fee paid online
  5. No classroom instruction. All instruction is done online.
  6. Successfully complete all instruction and testing AT LEAST 24 hours prior to the scheduled field session
  7. Attend the REQUIRED 3-hour field training session
  8. Receive badge at the conclusion of the field session.
  9. Congratulations and now officially eligible to referee.

General information for the individual or group HOSTING a Grassroot course.

  1. Obtain the $300 course fee to be sent to CNRA
  2. Select the starting date of the course AND the date, location and times of the REQUIRED 3-hour Field Session. See IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW.
  3. NOTE: courses that end prior to June 29 are registered for the current year.

Registration expires on December 31 of that year.

Courses that end after July 1 will be registered for the current year AND the following year.

  1. As needed locate a licensed USSF instructor willing to teach the field session.
  2. Log on to and click HOST an Entry Level Course for instructions.
  3. The course will not be posted online until the course fee is received by CNRA
  4. Students can sign up at anytime but MUST complete ALL requirements at least 24 hours prior to the field session.
  5. The field session instructor will receive a list of eligible participants and only those on the list can participate in the field session. There are no make ups.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  When applicants are 18 years or older they will need to complete a background check which may take some time (anywhere from 1-2 days to 1-2 weeks).  If the background check is not completed BEFORE the field session date the individual will be dropped from the course.

 Pat Ferre, D7 DYRA or (559) 280-3654

News & Updates

Presentation and Rational for the Instruction and Licensing of NEW USSF soccer officials

The following is meant to present a systematic way to help attract, train, improve and retain soccer officials.

The current practice for instructing and licensing soccer officials is for a sponsor to schedule a grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course.

The successful completion of this course allows the new official to work small sized and recreational games only.
Assignors should not be assigning grade 9 officials to competitive matches.

This is an introductory course that gives the interested individual enough relevant information to go out and “feel the waters”.
The Law Book, badge, insurance are no different than those for the grade 8 course.
This is a good way to give busy individuals (parents, coaches, relatives, …)  a chance learn the basics and get their first license.
The demands of the course are not as time consuming as those of the grade 8 course.
More people may be willing to sign up for this course which may in turn help the sponsor.
Sponsors can schedule either course when it best fits their situation.
Some do it during weekends while others may find week day evenings more appealing.
Course can also be spread out over many days.  Church and family outings on weekends, after school activities, are all things to consider.
Sponsors of close by areas can work together to allow those who miss part of a course the opportunity to attend another in order to complete the course.
The grade 8 course as described above is much more demanding, costs the sponsor more money and in the long run may or may not be a good investment for the sponsor.

Grade8 – the individuals ARE USSF licensed officials.  They must renew their license each year starting in July at a current cost of $45.

A grade 8 official can stay a grade 8 forever as long as they renew the license each year.
There is no additional cost to move from a grade 9 to a grade 8.

In District 7, if an individual who is licensed as a grade 8 or 9 is asks or volunteers to help officiate a match that needs the help of an official to start or continue, that official will be paid for their service.  Documentation must be made on the game card.