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What is a USSF Certified Soccer Referee?

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. To become a US Soccer Federation (USSF) referee you are required to attend different levels of training clinics given by a specially trained and certified instructor. The clinics are sponsored by Wyoming Soccer Association (WSA) and hosted locally by different clubs. There is no exception to this requirement, even if you are or have been a player or coach. Three levels of courses are offered in Wyoming.

USSF Referee Grades Explained

All referees affiliated with FIFA have a designated referee grade. The grade indicates the qualification of the referee to officiate at various levels of local, national and international soccer competition. There is a common misconception that these grades are related to elementary or secondary school grades - they are not, they are assigned by USSF.

  • Grade 1 Referees: Referees who officiate in the World Cup and international matches are designated as Grade 1.

  • Grade 2 Referees: Assistant Referees to Grade 1 Referees are designated as Grade 2.

  • Grade 3 and 4 Referees: In the United States competition at the national level (including professional soccer and MLS) requires Grade 3 or 4. Grade 3 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for international service.

  • Grade 5 and 6 Referees: The highest level of competition within a state (amateur leagues beyond youth) requires a Grade 5 or 6 where Grade 5 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for national service.

  • Grade 7 Referees: Grade 7 is an experienced referee in the state qualified to officiate all but the highest levels of amateur soccer.

  • Grade 8 Referees: Most referees begin their careers as Grade 8 having taken the entry training course

 
 
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