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Outdoor Referee Certification Requirements Grade 6

State Referee Association Standards
U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program
Referee Certification Requirements Grade 6
July 2016


Grade 6 – State Referee

The purpose of the Grade 6 State Referee Course is to prepare officials for the most competitive matches within their state and region. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Annual Recertification Requirements

Age Minimum 18 Years of Age
Previous Game Experience

Career 100 games with a minimum of:
50 as a Referee in 80 minute or longer games.
25 games as Assistant Referee
10 games in Div 1 affiliated Adult League.

Previous Grade Experience Minimum 1 Year as a Grade 7 Referee
Training Complete the Grade 6 State Referee Course
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 6 State Referee Test
Fitness Test Pass the Grade 6 Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 2 Passing Assessments *

Annual Recertification Requirements

Prior Year's Game Experience 5 games in Div 1 affiliated Adult League
Training

Determined by the State Referee Association
Must attend an annual state recert clinic in-state

Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 6 State Referee Test
Fitness Test Pass the Grade 6 Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 2 Passing Assessments **

Notes:

All State Referee Association requirements must be made public  

  • All training requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association and there are no minimum number of hours associated with either requirement •
  • All passing test scores are 80% and all testing requirements can be completed online and/or in the classroom setting as determined by the State Referee Association •
  • Minimum of 2 passing assessments from affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves completed by 2 different State Assessors State Referee Associations may establish additional assessment requirements  

MO Specific Requitements - 

  • For upgrade to 6, or maintenance as 6 must pass: 1 assessment as referee on a state acceptable Division 1 Adult, 90 min, 11 v 11. 1 assessment as referee on a U17 or higher, 90 min, 11 v 11
  •  All assessments for upgrade must be within 12 months of proposed upgrade.
  • All assessments must be approved by SDA or DAA beforehand. All assessments must be by MO USSF registered State or National Assessor. Exceptions must be approved prior by SDA.
  • A failing assessment requires an additional assessment with accompanying fee for the additional assessment.
  • Two failing assessments for upgrade within the same year terminates the upgrade process for that registration year.
  • Assessments in a given year must be done on different dates with different assessors.

    State Fitness Test

  • The state fitness test for consists of two tests.

    Test 1,  Repeated Sprint Ability (RSA), measures the referee’s ability to perform repeated sprints over 40m. Test 2, Interval Test, evaluates the referee’s capacity to perform a series of high-speed runs over 150m interspersed with 50m walking intervals. Referees must pass the State Fitness Test at least once a year. The time between the end of Test 1 and the start of Test 2 is 6 to 8 minutes maximum.

     

    Test 1: Repeated Sprint Ability

  • Referees run six consecutive 40 meter sprints followed by a recovery period after each sprint(while walking back to the start line)
  • The ‘start’ gate is placed at 0m and the ‘finish’ gate at 40m. The ‘start line’ is marked out 1.5m before the ‘start’ gate.
  • Referees line up at the start with their front foot touching the ‘start line’. Once the test leader signals that ready, the referee is free to start.
  • Referees receive a maximum of 60 seconds recovery between each of the 6 x 40m sprints. During recovery, referees must walk back to the start.
  • If a referee falls or trips, they should be given an additional trial (one trial = 1 x 40 m).
  • If a referee fails one trial out of the six, they should be given a seventh trial immediately after the sixth trial. If they fail two trials out of seven, the match official has failed the test.
  • Test 2: Interval Test

  • Referees must complete 20 x 150m run / 50m walk intervals. This equates to 10 laps of a 400m U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program Referee Certification Requirements Grade 6 July 2016 athletics track. A lap consists of two 150 meter runs with two 50 meter recovery walks •
  • The pace is dictated by the audio file and reference times are set in accordance with the referee’s category. • Referees must start from a standing position. They must not start before the whistle. On the whistle, referees are allowed to start running. •
  • At the end of each run, each referee must enter the ‘walking area’ before the whistle. The walking area is marked out with a line 1.5m before and 1.5m behind the 150m line. •
  • If a referee fails to place a foot inside the walking area on time, they should receive a clear warning from the test leader. If a referee fails to place a foot inside the walking area on time for a second occasion, they should be stopped by the test leader and informed that they have failed the test.
    Standards for Grade 6 Certification
    Test Type Sprint Standard Interval Standard (run Interval Standard (walk)
    Referee 9.00 secs 45 seconds per 150m 45 seconds per 50m