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How to become a USSF Referee

All United States Soccer Federation (USSF) affiliate members require that all referees be currently registered by the USSF. In order to register a referee must first be qualified. Normally this means taking a USSF referee training course conducted by a Instructional program within one of the recognized state programs. While there is no minimum age to attend referee training, you should be aware however that some leagues set their own minimum age for referees, primarily because of child labor laws which are enforced on a state by state basis. The Missouri Referee Development Program (MRDP) offers USSF Grade 8 & 9 Referee clinics. After clinic completion, and in order to be assigned any youth games, a background check is required for anyone age 18 or older.

USSF Grade 8 Referee - The USSF Grade 8 Referee may officiate games as a Referee or Assistant Referee in all youth games, as well Assistant Referee in higher comparable games. The current Grade 8 clinic consists of a hybrid combination of online and in class room training. Upon successful completion of the course, that includes a passing score on the written test at the end of the course, candidates may register as Grade 8 Referees with the United States Soccer Federation for the current USSF Fee. Currently (2016) the Grade 8 annual registration fee is $40.00. The course cost is an additional $35.00.
 
USSF Grade 9 Recreational Referee - The USSF Grade 9 Recreational Referee may officiate games as a Referee only on recreational youth games U-14 or younger, or as an Assistant Referee on any non-competitive game U-14 or younger. They may not officiate older youth games or adult matches.  For the latter or competitive games, you must be at least a Grade 8 Referee. The Grade 9 clinic consists of an eight-hour class. Upon successful completion of the course that includes a passing score on the written test, candidates may register as Grade 9 Recreational Referee with the United States Soccer Federation for a fee. Currently (2016) this Grade 9 registration fee is $40.00. The clinic cost is an additional $15.00. To find upcoming clinics in Missouri go to gameofficials.net.