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Outdoor Referee Certification Requirements Grade 9

U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program
Referee Certification Requirements Grade 9
July 2016


Grade 9 – Recreational Youth Referee

The purpose of the Grade 9 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the small-sided and recreational youth game. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

Certification Requirements

Age Determined by State Referee Association - Minimum of 12 years of age - per Child Labor Laws for MO.*
Previous Game Experience Determined by State Referee Association - Mo. None
Previous Grade Experience Determined by State Referee Association - Mo. None
Training Pass the Grade 9 Referee Course **
Mo requires class room session.  May be a combination of classroom and online work.
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 9 Referee Test at 80% or higher
Fitness Test Not Applicable
Practical Evaluation  Not Applicable

Annual Recertification Requirements

Training Determined by State Referee Association - Mo. Attendance at a re-certification clinic required
Laws of the Game Test Pass the Grade 9 Referee Test @ 80% or higher - Mo. Online through sign up for re-certification clinic
Fitness Test Not Applicable
Practical Evaluation Not Applicable

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.
  • At a minimum, U.S. Soccer recommends that training includes the completion of all online training materials for the Grade 9 Referee Course.
  • * Affiliated leagues may set their own minimum age to employ or pay referees.
  • ** Mo requires one day in class room session.