Become a Referee


Want to Become a Referee?

If you are interested in becoming a referee, please visit the referee website at, click on “CREATE ACCOUNT” button at the top to start the registration process. 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. You have until April 30, 2018 to complete the course and pass the test. We are looking to conduct a Field Training Event, the date is Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This event is hosted by Braden River SC and located at Lakewood Ranch Park. 5490 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, just behind Lakewood Ranch HS.

All newly trained referees start in our recreational soccer program, there, they gain their experience and increase their confidence. When the referee assignor thinks they are ready to move onto the next level (competitive soccer), he will then speak to you and assign you games via gotsoccer. Please create a referee account at, this is different then your players account. 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.

Referee Dress Code The attached document will help you with looking like a pro on the sidelines. Referee_Program_Standards_of_Dress

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

US Soccer’s Referee Pocket Guide – This document shows you the proper signals (Referee and Assistant Referee) – It helps you understand many different things and should be with you at all times – It contains the following: Standards Chart, What to do before the game, Pre-Game, During the Game and After the Game – Referee Pocketguide

Referees 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.

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 our in house recreational program:

Age Group Center Referee Assistant Referee Total
U9/10 $40 NO LINES $40
U11/12 $50 $25 per AR $90
U13/14 $60 $30 per AR $120
U15-U19 $70 $35 per AR $140

For BRSC recreational referee fees, please visit:



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.