Becoming a Referee
Click the Referee Classes and Info link above to Become a Referee
Advice to Parents of New Referees http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2014/08/29/11/00/140829-advice-to-parents-of-new-referees?sf13845066=1
Referees must be 14 years of age for "Grade 9" certification (Rec Only), and 16 years of age for "Grade 8" certification (Travel & Rec).
The "grade" is NOT the school grade. This the referee level.
Answer below questions only if you are interested in refereeing for the current Recreational soccer season:
Referee Full Name:
Referee cell #:
Parents First Name:
Referee Cert. Grade 9 or 8:
Year on Patch:
It is the intent of OBGS to assign all OBGS member referees as best as possible. Referees will be ranked and rated by the assessors based on their performance, experience level and age since the divisions are established by age.
Ranking will be based on the previous season and updated during the current season. Training, observation, mentoring and corrective action will be on an ongoing basis. These ratings are used to establish the divisions the referee is considered qualified for.
Referees are encouraged to attend all referee clinics.
Due to the number of Referees currently registered and happily growing each season, frequency of assignment is not guaranteed.
Due to the need to schedule the games expeditiously, please be prepared to accept the assignment on the day contacted. Failure to acknowledge could result in a re-assignment of the games (loss of assignment).
All referees must have a current year USSF badge. A lost patch will be tolerated as long as ref shows proof of certification via USSF membership card and proof of request to replace.
Remember this is a job. You are in a position of authority & respect and are expected to act accordingly.
You should arrive at the fields at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of your game. If you are unable to referee your game, you must contact the league ASAP in order to have time to find a replacement.
Make sure you come to the fields in your appropriate referee uniform. This consists of a yellow referee shirt, black referee shorts (not soffee), and black referee socks (or rec team color). Your shirt must be tucked in. On cold or inclement days, you can wear black sweats & a black shirt or jacket under your referee shirt. A referee out of uniform may result in a send home.
No show’s will be taken out of rotation and or removed from registered list for the balance of the season. Unprofessional conduct at the fields will result in a suspension (Length to be determined by OBGS board).
You should have a whistle, stopwatch, flags, penalty cards, coin for toss, and a pen even if you are not assigned as center. You never know when you may be called to fill in for somebody who misses their assignment.
You should be familiar with the Laws of the Game. If you have a question, please ask a director.
Due to the large number of referees, we will be assuming a grading system. You will be graded on the items above and on how you referee the game. This grade will determine how we select the referees for the week.
Referee fee structure as follows:
Youth - $20 referee, $10 assistant referee
Junior - $25 referee, $10 assistant referee
Senior - $30 referee, $15 assistant referee
Any questions about your referee assignments, or you would like to referee; contact [email protected]