Who can be a referee?


Referees are as critical to soccer as players and coaches. The game can’t be played if there aren’t enough referees.

It’s most common for a parent to begin their referee career by refereeing games within the GCYSC Club Referee Program. However, as they learn the rules, develop their own techniques for managing players, coaches and fans, and gain an appreciation for how important the role of the referee is to provide a fun, fair and safe soccer experience, they often find it rewarding to expand their knowledge and experience through South Texas Soccer Referee (STSR) certification and advanced training process. 

STSR referee training is considered some of the best in the U.S. and includes both in-person courses in your community and online opportunities. Soccer knowledge is a plus but is certainly not required. The GCYSC Club Referee and STSR referee training will give you all you need to know to get started, learn and grow and have a terrific experience on the field.

We provide the free training and mentoring to help them be successful. We welcome former youth soccer players, high school or college students looking for part-time work as referees.

Email Referee Assigner to learn more about how you can help fulfill this vital need!