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How to become a Soccer/Football Referee

Updated on June 23, 2012

Becoming a soccer referee has many perks and is a great way to make money. In the link below, you can read about why becoming a referee is a great choice. In this article, you can read about how to actually become a soccer referee in three extremely easy steps.

Step One

Take A Class

First off, you will need to take a referee class. Referee clinics take place almost all year around but are more common in the summer and in the winter, when soccer season is over. In these clinics, instructors who are experienced referees, teach you many different things. They will go over the laws of the game and how you apply them during a match. They will teach you proper mechanics and the appropriate way to make calls. They will even take you out to a soccer field and show you hands on the proper way to make certain calls and what the flag signals are for a linesman.

Where do I sign up for clinics?

The easiest way to find referee clinics near you is the internet. Simply Google referee clinics near where you live and you should be able to find one near you. Here are some useful sites to help you out:------------------------------->

Referee Clinics usually take a full weekend to complete. Most clinics start Friday evening, go all day Saturday, and end Sunday morning. That may seem like a long time, but it allows the material to soak in over three days instead of cramming it all into one day. It is important to bring some note taking material so that you can have something to go over to review before the test. However, if you pay attention and use common sense, the test should be fairly easy.

Step Two

Take the Test

Once you have attended the referee clinic, you must pass the certification test. Most clinics will administer the test on the last day of the class. Test questions cover basic knowledge of the laws of the game, proper restarts, and foul recognition. Entry level tests are fairly easy to pass. One only needs to get a 70% or higher to pass the test. If you fail to receive a 70%, you can retake the test later. Nowadays, you can take the test online which allows you to look over your notes and look up the answers online(no this is not cheating. It is actually encouraged as this helps you learn the material). Once you pass the test, you will receive your referee patch to place on your uniform and a certificate recognizing you as a referee. This certification is valid for one year, after that you will have to take the test annually to maintain your certification.

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Step Three

Register at Local Soccer Association

The last and final step on the road to becoming a referee is to register yourself with your local soccer association. Usually you can do this online by going to your local association's website. Otherwise, you will have to contact them directly. The best part about being a referee is that there is no interview and the demand is high. I have never heard of a referee who was turned down games. If your a ref, your association needs you. Once your have registered, you will have to follow their method for getting games. Some are online, others you will have to call and set up your availability. After that, you are free to ref as much or as little as you want and can start raking in the money!

Become a Ref Now

So what are you waiting for? Start the process of becoming a referee now. Most clinics only require that your be 12 years old or older, so anyone older than that can become a referee. It is a rewarding job with great pay and it keeps you fit, so why would you wait? Get signed up for a clinic today!


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