CUSA Soccer

Referee Training

So, you want to be a referee?


Soccer is a global sport and its rules must be interpreted and applied with absolute consistency wherever the game is played. FIFA therefore has a policy of ongoing training for its referees to ensure that refereeing standards continue to improve and the Laws of the Game are applied the same way everywhere.

As a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and US Youth Soccer (USYS), CUSA shares this commitment to excellence and has decided to hold classes using USSF Certified Instructors and Curriculum, providing a lifelong path for new referees to grow their skills beyond our local soccer fields. We are also committed to using USSF Certified Referees for all of our Recreational Games to ensure that our players are treated fairly and consistently according to the Laws of the Game set forth by The International Football Association Board (IFAB). To help accomplish this, we have partnered with the Ohio South State Referee Committee (OSSRC) to bring the USSF Grade 9 - Recreational Youth Referee class and certification back to the Dayton area.

Designed as entry level program for youth referees at least 12 years old, this abbreviated training course qualifies students to officiate youth recreational matches. To pass the course, students will need to complete the on-line course materials, pass the Grade 9 Referee Test with a minimum score of 80%, and attend a session of classroom instruction. They are also required to re-certify every year annually to ensure that they are up-to-date with any changes to the Laws of the Game.

Once a referee has some experience and mentoring and is at least age 14, they may want to upgrade their certification to a Grade 8 - Competitive Youth Referee. Referees who are at least 14 years old may also choose to certify for the first time as a Grade 8 Referee. Grade 8 Referees are eligible to officiate all levels of youth soccer in the state, including premier leagues. The Grade 8 class expands upon the content covered in the Grade 9 class and provides a more detailed understanding of the Laws of the Game, with specific focus on Offside, Fouls, and Misconduct. You will find more information about the Grade 8 - Competitive Youth Referee classes at the OSSRC Website.

To register to be notified when the next Grade 9 - Recreational Youth Referee class will be open for registration, please fill out the form below.