Referee Grades and (Re)Certification Changes Beginning July 1, 2019


On July 1, 2019 the US Soccer Referee Program is changing the classification system that is currently used to identify referee grades, referee names, and certification/re-certification requirements.   All referee grade numbers 1 through 9 are disappearing.  The names for the referee grades 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 are changing.  Minimum age requirements, minimum time in grade requirements, upgrade training requirements, and minimum career game requirements for upgrade are also changing.

All referee grades 7, 8, and 9 are renamed “Grassroot Referees.”  Minimum age beginning July 1st for any referee will be 13 years old.  There are no fitness or assessment requirements for Grassroot Referees.  In the new system, as there will no longer be a grade 8 referee, there will no longer be an upgrade from 8 to 7.  The grades are the same in the new system, called Grassroot Referees.

The current State Referee grade 5 & 6, are renamed Regional Referees with a minimum age of 18, minimum time in grade, specific fitness and assessment requirements, along with specific recertification requirements and game log requirements.  For assignment purposes there will no longer be a specific Referee and AR track for the current grade 5 referee.  That will begin at the National Referee grade level.  The current recertification dates in August, September, October, and November will remain the same and ALL current grade 5’s & 6’s (known as regional referees after July 1st) will need to attend one of the four recertification events.

The new classification system dramatically affects all current grade 7 referees and those who are working on getting assessments for upgrade from 8 to 7.  That is why all 8 to 7 upgrade assessments effective April 2nd are terminated because on July 1st, the grade will be the same.

The State Referee Committee is working on a solution for all current 2019 re-certified grade 7 referees and those newly upgraded to grade 7 in 2019.  All grade 7’s will be contacted individually by the SRA or his designees for a suitable path forward.

A Regional Referee Upgrade Course is being planned for November 15, 16, 2019 somewhere in the middle of the state.  The teaching modules are unavailable as of the date and time of this announcement.  The course time frame will be announced when it in known.

For more information regarding the  new July 1st US Soccer Referee License Requirements, click the link below to view the new requirements directly.

Referee License Requirements July 1, 2019


Are Grades 6 & 5 grandfathered in, if they do not meet the amateur game count of 50 centers and 25 ARs?

Yes. As long you have met your maintenance requirements for 2019 you will be registered in 2020 as a Regional Referee. If a Grade 6 referee candidate does not meet upgrade requirements this year, they will have to meet the new requirements for upgrade to Regional Referee detailed in the USSF presentation.


Are current referees younger than 13 still allowed to referee?

Yes. Any current referees younger than 13 will be grandfathered in.


Become a Referee

Become a Referee


Please visit select one of the quick links on the right hand side. All referee courses are currently held online. Follow the prompts to create your referee profile, please ensure you take the Grade 8 Referee Course.  This course is currently closed until July 2019!

All newly trained referees always start in our recreational soccer program, there, they gain their experience and increase their confidence. When the referee assignor thinks you are ready to move onto the next level (competitive soccer), he will then speak to you and assign you games at the competitive level via gotsoccer. Please do not create a referee account at gotsoccer as FYSA will create one for you and send you the temporary userid and password. Click on [Referees and Assignors],  Click on [Register] underneath [New Accounts].

If you are over 18, a background check must be performed. If you are under 18, you must perform an age verification. This can be found at the top of your gotsoccer referee account web page.

Most asked Question....

I took the new referee entry course and I have finished my modules and test, what’s next?

3 times during each month between July and December, and twice between January and March, all course completions are exported from the registration system and sent to the United State Soccer Federation Referee Program office where a USSF ID number is assigned.  When the registration comes back with the assigned ID number, the information is sent to Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA).  FYSA is the designated Risk Management (RM background check) authority in the State of Florida.  Florida Statutes require any one over the age of 18 is required to perform a Background Check.  FYSA will notify by email each new referee of their Risk Management responsibility.  Any cost for RM is between FYSA and the individual referee. Referees under the age of 18, only verify their age. FYSA will create a new referee gotsoccer account for you and will email you your temporary log-in information.

FLSRC does not assign any games.  FLSRC only trains and certifies annually.

Please review the documents below:

Referee Dress Code - This document will help you with looking like a pro on the sidelines.

Information from US Soccer for the NEW Referee – New Referees have many questions, that’s OK! The attached guide helps you get the answers you are looking for.

Laws of the Game, please download by clicking: HERE

Referee's Code of Conduct:

  • Always remember that the game is for the players. Player safety and fair play comes first.
  • Study and learn the laws of the Game and understand the “spirit” of the Laws. Help fellow referees do the same.
  • Encourage and enforce the philosophies of “Everyone Plays,” “Positive Coaching” and “Good Sportsmanship.”
  • Respect other referees’ decisions and do not publicly criticize another official.
  • Dress and Act Professional. Shirt tucked in and socks are picked up. Look like you want to be there!
  • Maintain good physical condition so you can keep up with the action.
  • Stay calm when confronted with emotional reactions from players, coaches and parents.
  • Honor accepted game assignments. In an emergency, find a replacement.
  • Support good sportsmanship with a kind word to players, coaches and parents of both teams when deserved.
  • Always be fair and impartial, avoiding conflicts of interest. Decisions based on personal bias are dishonest and unacceptable.


For All Referee Communication and Scheduling:  Please contact Referee Assignor Barry Finkelstein at


Of Note…

USA League Referee Fee Structure (subject to change without notice), these fees differ to BRSC's recreational program (see below for fee structure):

Age Group Center Referee Assistant Referee


U8 $25 NO LINES $25
U9/10 $40 NO LINES $40
U11/12 $50 $25 per AR $100
U13/14 $60 $30 per AR $120
U15 -  U19 $70 $35 per AR











The referee’s decision is final and not subject to debate.  This is the most basic rule of any sport.  Players, coaches and spectators must accept this principle.  Faced with verbal harassment, intimidation, or physical threats, a referee has the right to abandon a game in these circumstances.  We cannot afford to drive referees away from the game. Any game official is under enough pressure without that added unnecessarily by players, coaches and spectators.



Braden River SC Recreational Soccer Referee Info:

Contact Information:

All recreational referee communication and scheduling questions should be directed to our Referee Assignor:

Barry Finkelstein

Phone:  (585) 943-9819

Want to be a referee:

Please visit Florida State Referee's website at select one of the quick links on the right hand side. All Referee courses are currently held online. Follow the prompts to create your referee profile, please ensure you take the Grade 8 Entry Level Course. This course is currently closed until July 2019!

Please create a referee account, this is different then your players account. If you are over 18, a background check must be performed. If you are under 18, you must perform an age verification. This can be found at the top of your gotsoccer referee account web page.


Newly Trained Referees:

All newly trained referees start in our recreational soccer program, there, they develop experience and build up their confidence. Our Referee Assignor will place you with experienced center referees, they will help you develop your referee skills. When the referee assignor thinks you are ready to move onto the next level, he will then assign you competitive games via gotsoccer. When on the field, please ensure you always dress and look professional at all times... Shirt tucked in, socks pulled up.

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Braden River SC 2018/2019 Recreational Referee Fees:
(Please note our recreational referee fees differ from other league referee fees)

Age Group Center Ref Assistant Referees Total
U8 $20 N/A $20
U9/10 $30 N/A $30
U11/12 $36 $20 $76
U13/14 $42 $25 $92
U15-U19 $45 $25 $95

League Rules

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

When can I start my entry referee course?

The online course is available immediately upon registration and payment.
If logged out, log back in to the member home page and follow the links to start