A grassroots referee can submit to upgrade to a regional referee once the following conditions are met:
- Minimum age of 18 years old
- Minimum of three years as a Grassroots Referee
- Officiate a minimum of 50 games as a referee and 25 games as an assistant referee at the amateur adult level
The following steps should be followed once the referee has met all of the above requirements.
- Compile a game count in an Excel spreadsheet that includes game date, location, league, teams and officiating crew
- Send an email to the referee’s Area Referee Administrator (ARA) requesting an upgrade and attach the game count. The ARA will then send the request to the State Referee Administrator (SRA)
- The SRA will verify the game count and notify the official of the approval to enter the upgrade process.
- At the time of approval, the referee will submit a payment in the amount of $250 via check that will cover registration expenses and the cost of three assessments. Should a referee fail one or more assessments, they will be required to pay $80 for each additional assessment.
- The official will then be set up in the upgrade class via SC Referees GameOfficials
- The official will need to complete the Regional Referee written test and the Regional Referee fitness test. Directions for completing both will be communicated to the referee.
- AFTER the written and fitness tests are passed, the referee may move onto the assessments. The referee will notify the State Director of Assessment (SDA) when they are assigned to qualifying matches. The SDA will assign assessors to the matches (when available).
- Once the required three assessments have been passed, the SDA will notify the SRA that requirements have been completed.
- The SRA will notify the State Director of Instruction (SDI) to process the new registration through US Soccer.
All requirements must be completed within a 12-month period. The 12-month period starts on the day the SRA notifies the referee of upgrade process approval.