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Outdoor Referee Certification Requirements Grade 5

Grade 5 – State Referee
The purpose of the Grade 5 State Referee level is to prepare officials for national certification. U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned to the most competitive regional events and leagues available. This may include lower level professional matches as appropriate.
It is important to note that beginning with the 2017 certification year, Grade 5 officials are not associated as National Candidates, but are State Referees and are selected by their State Referee Association, not by U.S. Soccer. Those registered as Grade 5 officials will be considered for national certification for the following certification year by U.S. Soccer, but selection is not guaranteed.
 

Certification Requirements

Previous Game Experience Determined by the State Referee Association
MO - 25 Adult Division or higher games, at least 10 as a referee.
Previous Grade Experience Minimum 1 Year as a Grade 6 or Above
Training Pass the Grade 5 State Referee Course
Laws of the Game Test Pass the National Test
Fitness Test Pass the Grade 5 Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 3 Passing Assessments
MO - Minimum of 4 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
Training Determined by the State Referee Association
MO - Attendance at State Referee Recertification Clinic
Laws of the Game Test Pass the National Test
Fitness Test Pass the Grade 5 Sprint and Interval Tests
Practical Evaluation Minimum of 3 Passing Assessments **

Notes
• All State Referee Association requirements must be made public
• Minimum of 3 passing assessments, 2 on adult matches, and one on a youth game 18 years or older from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
• Must be from affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves
• Must be completed by 3 different National Assessors
• * One of the assessments must be completed in a State Adult Association game and may be administered by a State Assessor upon approval of the SDA. Two assessments as a referee and two assessments as an assistant referee total.
• ** A minimum of one assessment each as a referee and assistant referee, all 3 done by different national assessors for re-certification.
 

Referee FIFA Fitness Test
The official fitness test for referees 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 75m interspersed with 25m walking intervals. Referees must pass the FIFA 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.
 

Referee 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.

Referee Test 2: Interval Test
• Referees must complete 40 x 75m run / 25m walk intervals. This equates to 10 laps of a 400m athletics track. A lap consists of four 75 meter runs with four 25 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 75m 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 5 Referee Certification
Test Type Sprint Standard Interval Standard (run) Interval Standard (walk)
Referee 6.40 secs 17 seconds per 75m 17 seconds per 75m

 Assistant Referee FIFA Fitness Test
The official fitness test for assistant referees consists of three tests. Test 1, CODA, assesses the
assistant referee’s ability to change direction. Test 2, Repeated Sprint Ability (RSA), measures the
assistant referee’s ability to perform repeated sprints over 30m. Test 3, Interval Test, evaluates the
assistant referee’s capacity to perform a series of high-speed runs over 75m interspersed with 25m
walking intervals. Assistant referees must pass the FIFA Fitness Test at least once a year. The time
between the end of Test 1 and the start of Test 2 is 2 to 4 minutes maximum. The time between the
end of Test 2 and the start of Test 3 is 6 to 8 minutes maximum.

Assistant Referee Test 1: CODA (Change of Direction Ability)
• Assistant referees run one 10m x 8m x 8m x 10m sprint
• The distance between A and B is 2 meters. The distance between B and C is 8 meters.
• The ‘start line’ is marked out 0.5m before the timing gate (A).
• Assistant referees line up at the start with their front foot touching the ‘start line’. Once the test
leader signals ready, the assistant referee is free to start.
• Assistant referees sprint 10m forward (A to C), 8m sideways left (C to B), 8m sideways right (B to
C) and 10 m forward (C to A).
• If an assistant referee falls or trips, they should be given an additional trial.
• If an assistant referee fails the trial, they should be given an additional trial. If they fail two trials,
the match official has failed the test.

Assistant Referee Test 2: Repeated Sprint Ability
• Assistant referees run five consecutive 30 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 30m. The ‘start line’ is marked out 1.5m
before the ‘start’ gate.
• Assistant referees line up at the start with their front foot touching the ‘start line’. Once the test
leader signals ready, the assistant referee is free to start.
• Assistant referees receive a maximum of 30 seconds recovery between each of the 5 x 30m
sprints. During recovery, assistant referees must walk back to the start.
• If an assistant referee falls or trips, they should be given an extra trial (one trial = 1 x 30 m).
• If an assistant referee fails one trial out of the five, they should be given a sixth trial immediately
after the fifth trial. If they fail two trials out of six, the match official has failed the test.

Assistant Referee Test 3: Interval Test
• Assistant referees must complete 40 x 75m run / 25m walk intervals. This equates to 10 laps of a
400m athletics track. A lap consists of four 75 meter runs with four 25 meter recovery walks
• The pace is dictated by the audio file and reference times are set in accordance with the assistant
referee’s category.
• Assistant referees must start from a standing position. They must not start before the whistle. On
the whistle, assistant referees are allowed to start running.
• At the end of each run, each assistant 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 75m line.
• If an assistant referee fails to place a foot inside the walking area on time, they should receive a
clear warning from the test leader. If an assistant 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 fpr Grade 5 Asistant Referee Certification
Test Type CODA Standard Sprint Standard Interval Standard
(run)
Interval Standard
(walk)
Female AR 11.00 seconds 5.10 seconds 17 seconds per 75, 22 seconds per 25m