Become a Soccer Referee for Fun and Money

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Teens and adults interested in becoming certified soccer referees can do so by successfully completing online courses offered by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) January 1, through December 31, 2018, according to www.ussoccer.com.

First time referees that register after July 1 can become a referee immediately after completion of certification until December 31 of the following calendar year. All other referees that complete the registration and recertification process are valid only from January 1 to December 31 of the following calendar year, explained ussoccer.com.

To become certified, teens and adults have to complete four hours of online training for all grade levels, from grades 1-9 have to complete the four hour training.

When a referee decides to become a state referee, you begin going to colleges for people to assess you and have to get a certain number of games under your belt. Eventually, when you advance in a higher grade, you have to do more things to get certified as a higher grade level referee. Most of the time, people usually stay at grade level 8 and 9 to just do recreational games, signature and club. In Signature, you usually get paid a couple more dollars than recreational games, according to ussoccer.com. People who referee U-10 get paid around 25 dollars, U-12: 21 dollars, U-14: 25 dollars, and U-16: 30 dollars( U stands for under).

Benefits include an average of $23 per game, physical conditioning, and getting to watch a good soccer game for free, because at college games you need to pay to watch. In order to become a college referee, the referee has to be grade level five. This is also an opportunity to give back to the community because there is a shortage of referees. Another reason is being involved soccer because if you still want to be involved in the game you can just referee and help out with the game, according becomeareferee.com. Get out there, have some fun, go ref!