UPGRADE PROCESS

Section 1 – Step-by-step Procedure

1. Referee compiles game counts and forwards his/her game counts in a request to upgrade (email) to the ARA who forwards the request to the SRA with a recommendation.

2. SRA verifies game counts and notifies the referee via email that he/she is entered into the upgrade program to be completed within 12 months and specifies the end date for the 12 month period. Included in the email notification is an outline of the remaining steps of the upgrade (may vary depending on the Grade). The ARA and SDA should be copied on the email. Updated game counts are required for all upgrades.

3. Once notified of acceptance into the upgrade program (by the SRA), the appropriate class and written exam is taken by the referee under the supervision of the ARA and USSF Instructor. The final grade is sent to SRA by the USSF Instructor.

4. The appropriate Fitness Test is administered (if required) by the ARA (or SRA) and the results reported to the SRA.

5. Passing results from written and fitness tests will be communicated to the SDA and ARA by the SRA.

6. The SDA assigns assessor(s) to appropriate match(es) as required and notifies the ARA and SRA. Note that any out-of-state assessments for upgrade must be cleared through the SDA or SRA in advance.

7. The assessor communicates results of the assessment(s) to the SDA, SRA and ARA.

8. The SRA processes the upgrade through USSF via GameOfficials and notifies the Referee and ARA of the upgrade.
Steps 2 through 8 above must take place within the allotted 12 month period identified in Step 2 above.

See the SC Assessor Policy Manual for further information

Section 2 – Payment Schedule for Upgrades

1. For upgrades from grade 8 to 7 the Referee must register for a grade 7 course once accepted into the upgrade program, and pay $80 online with GameOfficials. This will cover the cost for attending the grade 7 course.

2. For upgrades from grade 7 to grade 7c, the Referee must send a check for $80.00 payable to “SCReferees” to the SRA once notified of acceptance into the upgrade program. This will cover the assessment fees and any additional costs incurred in the upgrade process.

3. For upgrades from grade 7/7c to 6 the Referee must send a check for $170.00 payable to “SCReferees” to the SRA once notified of acceptance into the upgrade program. This will cover the cost of two assessments and other potential costs incurred in the upgrade process. Once SCReferees implements the USSF grade 6 course the referee requesting upgrade also pay the clinic fee.

4. For upgrades from grade 6 to 5, please contact the SRA.

5. Please note that all Maintenance Assessments and Developmental Assessments for all referee grades will be paid by SCReferees directly to the assessor on submission of the assessment to the SDA.

Section 3 – Referee Certification Requirements

U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program Referee Certification Requirements December 2013 (Effective July 1, 2014)

Grade 9 – Referee

The purpose of the Grade 9 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the small sided and recreational youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Certification Requirements:

Age: Minimum Age 11
Previous Game Experience: None
Previous Grade Experience: None
Training:  Complete the Grade 9 Referee Course**
Laws of the Game Test: Pass the Grade 9 Referee Test**
Fitness Test: Not Applicable***
Game Assessment: Not Applicable***

Annual Recertification Requirements:

Training: Minimum 4 hours of trainingOnline and Classroom
Laws of the Game Test: Pass Grade 9 Referee Test Minimum Score 80%
Fitness Test: Not Applicable***
Game Assessment: Not Applicable***

 

Grade 8 – Referee

The purpose of the Grade 8 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the competitive youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Certification Requirements:
Age Minimum Age 14
Previous Game Experience None
Previous Grade Experience None
Training Complete Grade 8
Referee Course
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 8
Referee Test (Min. 80%)
Fitness Test Not Applicable
Practical Evaluation Not Applicable
Annual Recertification Requirements:
Training Minimum 5 hours Training
Online and Classroom
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 8
Referee Test (Min. 80%)
Fitness Test Not Applicable
Practical Evaluation Not Applicable***

 

Grade 7 – Referee

The purpose of the Grade 7 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the amateur adult game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Certification Requirements:
Age Minimum 17
Previous Game Experience 75 games as Center with 25
at U15 and above; 15 games
as AR
Previous Grade Experience Grade 8 – minimum 1 year
Training Complete the Grade 7
Referee Course
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 7
Referee Test (min. 85%)
Fitness Test None required
Practical Evaluation None required
Annual Recertification Requirements:
Training Minimum 5 hours Online and Classroom
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 7
Referee Test (min. 80%)
Fitness Test None required
Practical Evaluation None required

 

Grade 7c – Referee

The purpose of the Grade 7c Program is to evaluate Grade 7 referees for amateur adult league assignments. Referees seeking to attain Grade 7c status must first complete the Grade 7 Referee Requirements. SRA approval for acceptance into the upgrade process must be received prior to any testing, fitness, or assessments.

Certification Requirements:
Age Same as Grade 7
Previous Game Experience Same as Grade 7
Previous Grade Experience Same as Grade 7
Training Same as Grade 7
Laws of the Game Test Same as Grade 7
Fitness Test Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 1 completed by an Assessor**
Annual Recertification Requirements:
Training Minimum 5 hours Online and Classroom
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 7
Referee Test (min. 85%)
Fitness Test Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 1 completed by an Assessor**

**Minimum of 1 passing assessment that meets the sufficient test criteria (from affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves) completed by an Assessor, assessment must be from an adult game.

 

Grade 6 – State Referee

The purpose of the Grade 6 State Referee Course is to prepare officials for the most competitive matches within their state and region. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Certification Requirements:
Age Must be at least 18
Previous Game Experience Minimum 100 games at U15 and above; 25
must be adult amateur
Previous Grade Experience Grade 7 minimum 1 year
Training Complete Grade 6
State Referee Course
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 6
State Referee Test 80%)
Fitness Test Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 2 completed by 2 State Assessors***
Annual Recertification Requirements:
Training Minimum 5 hours Online and Classroom
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 6
State Referee Test (80%)
Fitness Test Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 2 completed by 2 State Assessors***

***Minimum of 2 passing assessments that meet the sufficient test criteria (from affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves) completed by two different State Assessors, and at least 1 of these

Section 4 - FIFA Sprint and Interval Test Requirements

Sprint Test

  • If a participant fails two sprints, they fail the test Interval Test
  • If a participant fails one sprint out of the six, they are given one more attempt immediately after the sixth sprint
  • If a participant falls or trips, they are allowed another attempt at that specific sprint
  • Dynamic start with the front foot on a line that is 1.5 meters away from the electronic timing gates at the starting position
  • Participants run six consecutive 40 meter sprints followed by a recovery period after each sprint (while walking back to the start line)
  • Participants run a total of ten consecutive laps
  • A lap consists of two 150 meter runs with two 50 meter recovery walks
  • Starts with running 150 meters in the prescribed time o Followed by walking 50 meters in the prescribed time
  • This process is repeated to complete one lap
  • Walking area is marked by cones 3 meters on each side of the 150 meter marks
  • If a participant fails to reach the walking area in the prescribed time, they are issued a warning
  • If a participant fails to reach the walking area for a second time, they fail the test Notes
  • The time between the sprint test and interval test should be approximately 10 minutes Grade 6 State Referee Standards Sprint Test

Maximum of 10 seconds per sprint