How to become a referee
If you've played before, been a parent/coach/assistant, or just have a love for the game then we encourage you to become a certified referee. Classes/clinics are offered to educate you on the Laws of the Game and provide an entry level introduction into officiating youth soccer games.
For entry level, Grade 9 is a good starting point for youth referees and allows for the refereeing (center) of U14 and below age matches. However, assignors will place new referees in suitable positions based on their experience level.
Entry level, Grade 8 is a fully qualified referee capable of doing all youth age groups. Assignors place referees based on their progressive experience level and capability.
Once you become certified you are eligible to work as a referee, however, this will require notifying a clubs referee assignor so that they know you are available.
Referees can find local assignors by visiting the Capital Area Soccer Referee Association website at www.casra.net .
There is a clinic fee ($30) and USSF registration fee ($50) required to become a referee and also required on an annual basis to recertify for that coming year.
There is an initial cost for your uniform and gear. A new referee should expect to pay around $60 for a "starter kit", which includes approved shirt, shorts, socks, whistle, flags, report book with red/yellow cards. Basic short sleeve gold would be the starting shirt. A more experienced referee should expect to add additional colors (gold, green, blue, red, and black are available) and possibly long sleeve for colder weather officiating.
Pay levels for referees vary widely by club, competition level, and length of game. However, a new referee could expect to earn $10-20 as AR (linesman) and $15-30 as a Center (Referee) per game with 3-6 games on an average soccer season weekend.