Friday, November 17, 2017

U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) through its USSF Referee Program is responsible for administering all referee programs in the United States for all levels from recreational to professional leagues. The USSF Certified Referee Program is the optimum pathway for prospective referees. This program is administered through South Texas Soccer Referees, Inc. (STSR) and is the formal referee training program for South Texas Youth Soccer Association.The USSF authorizes two entry-level referee certifications summarized below: Recreational Referee Grade 9 and Referee Grade 8. However, Referee Grade 8 is the most popular and the one that is most relevant here at Gulf Coast Soccer for experienced referees.   

Grade 9 Recreational Referee program. As a candidate, you must be 12 years old or older on or before the start date of the clinic. Playing experience is desired. One will have a better chance of successful completion with a basic understanding of the game. Requirements to successfully complete the Grade 9 Recreational Referee program include 4-1/2 hrs. of classroom instruction, a field session where you must demonstrate the lessons learned during the classroom, and a written exam that requires a score of 75 or better in order to pass the course. At the completion of the program you will register with South Texas and the United States Soccer Federation as a Grade 9 Recreational Referee. A student taking the course after July 1, 2013 will be trained to referee games which require only indirect free kick restarts. Primarily these are “small-sided” games.

Grade 8 Basic Referee Program. As a candidate, you must be 13 years old or older, on or the start date of the clinic. Playing experience is desired. One will have a better chance of successful completion with a good understanding of the game. Upon sign-up in a Grade 8 clinic, the student’s work begins. The student must successfully complete an on-line session of Law videos and review questions. Upon successful completion of the on-line session you will attend an on-site clinic hosted by a local Association. The on-site session includes 6 hours of classroom instruction, a field session where you must demonstrate the lessons learned during the classroom, and a written exam that requires a score of 75 or better to pass the course. Total clinic time is 8 hours generally broken into two sessions with a lunch break. At the completion of the program you will register with South Texas and the United States Soccer Federation as a Grade 8 Referee. As a Grade 8 Referee you will be allowed to referee youth recreational and competitive matches. Effective with the new Grade 8 clinic introduced Jan 1, 2014, referees who complete after this date will be limited to U16 competitive and younger matches.

For additional information and certification requirements for the first three level referee positions:

Course Modules:

Q&A: How to Become a South Texas Soccer Referee

Frequently Asked Questions about Referee Recertification

USSF Referee Grades Explained

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Annual referee certification/recertification
  • Pre-game team check-in 10 minutes prior to game
  • Game officiating
  • Fair and courteous treatment of all participants and spectators

Required Qualifications:

  • Background check (for those 18 years and older)
  • Good communication skills
  • Physically fit to handle the games

Who do I contact for additional information about becoming a referee or refereeing?

Our club Referee Assignor facilitates training, mentoring, certifications and scheduling of referees. If you are interesting in becoming a referee, please email Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE: If you have missed the STSR certification course and wish to get involved right away, please check out our In-House Club Referee Program. This program will allow you to get involved and support the club until the next certification course offering. We need all the referees we can get! 

REFEREE RESOURCES

U.S. Soccer Online Training - Online resources, course overviews and helpful links

FIFA Laws of the Game - The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and Provided by the Federation Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

Rules of the Game (from the Policy on Players and Playing Rules of US Youth Soccer Association)

South Texas Soccer Referees Referee Handbook Version 8.1 (9/28/2014)

Information for New Referees

Once you successfully complete a referee course and register with the USSF, you will receive your badge and will need to get appropriate referee gear, including a soccer referee uniform, soccer referee flags, referee cards, whistle, watch and shoes. Contact our Referee Assignor Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Advice for New Referees - (Welcome Packet from the Referee Community from U.S. Soccer)

Video - USSF Advice to New Referees

Gulf Coast Soccer has immediate and future openings for referees to officiate our youth soccer games. We offer a comprehensive training program that is suitable for new or experience referees from ages 14 and up. As referees gain experience and training they are promoted to higher level games at higher pay scales. Anyone interested in learning more about our referee program or how to become a referee should download the full job posting below and contact our referee assignor Calvin Prosen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Referee Program Webpage

Overview

The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

The Laws of the Game are organized as follows:

  • Law 1 – The Field of Play
  • Law 2 – The Ball
  • Law 3 – The Number of Players
  • Law 4 – The Players' Equipment
  • Law 5 – The Referee
  • Law 6 – The Assistant Referees
  • Law 7 – The Duration of the Match
  • Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play
  • Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play
  • Law 10 – The Method of Scoring
  • Law 11 – Offside
  • Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct
  • Law 13 – Free Kicks
  • Law 14 – The Penalty Kick
  • Law 15 – The Throw-in
  • Law 16 – The Goal Kick
  • Law 17 – The Corner Kick

FIFA Laws of the Game Manual

FIFA Interpretation of the Laws Document

FIFA Laws of the Game Made Easy

 

GULF COAST SOCCER MODIFIED LAWS OF THE GAME 2016-2017

 

Soccer is a very difficult game to play well, and it takes decades of practice, training, and game play to master
the many physical, technical, and tactical demands of the game. To ensure that our youngest players have the
opportunity to experience an appropriate balance of success and challenge, our games use Modified Laws for
Youth Soccer as required by US Youth Soccer and US Soccer. 


As players mature (physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally), we introduce more of the “normal” playing
rules found in the official FIFA Laws of the Game that regulate adult soccer, and that become the standard for
competitive play at the U13 and older age groups in youth soccer. You can see the latest edition of the FIFA

 

Laws of the Game on the US Soccer website.
www.ussoccer.com/referees/laws-of-the-game

 

Modified Laws of the Game U6

Modified Laws of the Game U8

Modified Laws of the Game U10

Gulf Coast Soccer offers an in-house Club Referee Program to provide training and mentoring of new referees on a year round basis. This program is a supplement to the STSR Certified Referee Program. Most in-house club referees should be ready to certify through STSR as a Grade 8 referee within 12-24 months. In-house club referees are limited to in-house Recreational and Academy games.  

Why do we have an in-house Club Referee Program?

In the past, we have relied on the South Texas Referee Committee (and its designate, South Texas Soccer Referees) to provide all referee training for referees in our association. However, it became clear in our internal club review that STSR had not been able to recruit, train, and mentor an adequate number of referees to meet the growing demands of our club. The in-frequent referee course and certification offerings was identified as the key limiting factor in bringing new referees into the program. This program will serve as an entry point to supplement the existing training for higher-levels of referee certification. With this new program we aim to improve both the quantity and quality of our referees both Club and Certified Referees.

If you wish to sign up for the in-house Club Referee Program, you can do so by following the instructions below...

  1. Send an email to GCS Referee Assignor Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the referee program or to sign up. Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and date of birth in your email to him. 
  2. Read the current Laws of the Game
  3. Complete the online "Grade 9 Referee Course" training (in either English or Spanish), and print out the completion certificate and email to Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Send another email to Calvin to let him know you have completed the online training. He will schedule a 2-hour, in person Club Referee Orientation that will cover some important game management topics (how to get game assignments, pre-game check-in procedures, how to work together as a referee crew, post-game duties, etc.). Once you have attended this orientation, you will then be assigned as a referee for an entry-level match (such as the center referee for a U8 game or to work on the lines of a U9 game), with an experienced referee there to serve as your personal mentor. 

There is no cost to participate in this program, and you will be able to start earning money as a referee as soon as your have completed your training. As an added incentive, we will give a FREE Referee jersey to each person who becomes a Certified Club Referee! Help us make soccer better for all our players, and get started on your referee training today!

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Annual referee certification/recertification
  • Pre-game team check-in 10 minutes prior to game
  • Game officiating
  • Fair and courteous treatment of all participants and spectators

Required Qualifications:

  • Background check (for those 18 years and older)
  • Good communication skills
  • Physically fit to handle the games

Who do I contact for additional information about becoming a referee or refereeing?

Our club Referee Assignor facilitates training, mentoring, certifications and scheduling of referees. If you are interesting in becoming a referee, please email Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Information for New Referees

Once you successfully complete a referee course and register with the USSF, you will receive your badge and will need to get appropriate referee gear, including a soccer referee uniform, soccer referee flags, referee cards, whistle, watch and shoes. Contact our Referee Assignor Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advice for New Referees - (Welcome Packet from the Referee Community from U.S. Soccer)

Video - USSF Advice to New Referees

Gulf Coast Soccer

Referee Pay Scale

2014/2015

           

 

Age

Game Time

Pay Scale

Approx. Hourly Pay Rate

Half

Full

Center

AR

Center

AR

U7/U8

20 Min.

40 Min.

$13.00

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$19.50/hr

 

U9/U10

25 Min.

50 Min.

$16.00

$10.00

$19.20/hr

$12.00/hr

U11/U12

30 Min.

60 Min.

$22.00

$12.00

$22.00/hr

$12.00/hr

U13/U14

35 Min.

70 Min.

$28.00

$16.00

$24.00/hr

$13.71/hr

U15/U16

40 Min.

80 Min.

$34.00

$18.00

$25.50/hr

$13.50/hr

U17/U19

45 Min.

90 Min.

$40.00

$21.00

$26.67/hr

$14.00/hr

           

 

The referee pay scale is based on an approximate hourly pay rate that increases based on the difficulty of the game being refereed.  Center referees are paid more than assistant referees based on the level of responsibility for their position.