Referees

Referee Clinic Announced!

See the following website for the Entry Level Grade 8 Soccer Referee Clinic on Saturday/Sunday, March 15/16 at the Evergreen Fire Station.  Saturday is 9-4 pm & Sunday is Noon to 3 pm.

http://www.montanaref.org/Area/AreaEvent.asp?event_id=329

Prospective referees must:

  1. “Sign up”, then “sign in (registration)” on website,
  2. Complete the online 18 study modules (ussoccer),
  3. Complete the online Grade 8 exam (moodle),
  4. Prior to attending the clinic.

US Soccer has changed the format of entry level clinics with more emphasis on “prospective referee” pre-clinic preparation (through online modules/exam) with practical classroom/field discussions/videos/exercises.  Therefore, clinic time is about 9 hours instead of the previous 16 hours, but requires the prospective referee to spend about 5 hours on the pre-clinic modules/exam.

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Visit the Montana Soccer Referee Association

Contact FSC Referee Assignor Rixon Rice at: dixandmitzi@yahoo.com

Referees not registered in the previous year:

Any referee who was not registered with the U.S. Soccer Federation the previous year may be certified at the grade previously held after taking and passing the written qualifying examination, fitness test, and assessments. The following policy applies to referees who were previously certified and registered with the Federation:

1. Grade 8 referees who miss 1-2 consecutive years of registration can be re-registered as a grade 8 after completing a Referee Re-certification clinic.

2. Grade 8 referees who miss 3-4 consecutive years of registration can be re-registered after taking the Referee Bridge (Grade 9 to Grade 8) Course or the entire Entry Level Referee Training Course.

3. Grade 8 referees who miss 5 or more consecutive years must re-take the entire Entry Level Referee Training Course.

4. Grade 7 Referees and Higher – Referees can only be registered at the grade they qualify for. Referees who were Grade 7 or higher should be downgraded a minimum of one (1) grade, as per current policy (as long as they have met the criteria for that grade). Once they retake the appropriate course as listed above for grade 8 referees and have completed all the requirements for the previously held grade, they may be upgraded.

5. Grade 9 Referees who miss one or two years of registration may be re-certified after fulfilling all re-certification requirements for that grade. A Grade 9 Referee who misses two years of registration can be eligible to take the Bridge Course (9-8) after he or she has met the requirements to be re-certified as Grade 9.

6. US Soccer Federation Referee Instructors who wish to re-certify as a referee after a lapse in referee registration may be registered as a grade 8 referee upon meeting current recertification requirements, no matter how long it has been since they last registered as a referee, if they are currently registered as a US Soccer instructor and have taught, at a minimum, one entry-level referee training course in the last two years.