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Attain U.S. Soccer Regional Certification

Regional referee certification requirements

An important reminder for those referees looking to upgrade from a Grassroots Referee to a Regional Referee. The criteria below, as established by U.S. Soccer, are the only criteria which can be used when upgrading from a Grassroots Referee to a Regional Referee. 


Please take note of the game counts required to begin the upgrade process. A spreadsheet detailing the games must be provided to the SDA and approved before you begin requesting upgrade assessments. Your game log should include the following information:

  • Date of Game, Teams Involved, Final Score, Game Location, Name of Assignor.

The IRC also recommends obtaining a Developmental Assessment within 3 months of beginning the upgrade process to gauge referee competence. This will allow the referee the best opportunity to be successful in the upgrade process.