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Referee Criteria for Certifying and Upgrading

Assistant Referees, Associate Grade Class 2 and Class 1 Referees
CRITERIA Assistant
Referee Class 10
Associate
Referee Class 9
Referee 2
Class 8
Referee 1
Class 7
1. Minimum Age
None
None
None
17
2. Experience (minimum accumulated career outdoor USSF sanctioned games at designated level) Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Referee: 75

Assistant: 25
    a. Game level to be counted for upgrade to next higher level
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable USSF sanctioned games using the DSC**
    b. Time required in present grade
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable 12 months as Referee 2
3. Training Course Requirements Successfully completed USSF Assistant Referee Training Course Successfully completed USSF Entry Level Referee Training Course Successfully completed USSF Entry Level Referee Training Course No additional requirements
Written Examination 75% minimum score in USSF Assistant Referee Test 75% minimum score in USSF Referee Entry Level Test 75% minimum score in USSF Referee Entry Level Test 85% minimum score in USSF Referee Entry Level Test
5. Field Evaluation by a currently registered USSF Assesor Not Required Not Required. It is recommended that each new referee be observed in one of their first 10 games Not Required. It is recommended that each new referee be observed in one of their first 10 games One evaluation as a referee in a U19 or higher level game of 90 minutes using the DSC*
6. Physical Fitness Test Not Required Not Required Not Required Required
Annual Re-certification Requirements
In Service Refresher Training Five hours during the preceeding 12 months Five hours during the preceeding 12 months Five hours during the preceeding 12 months Five hours during the preceeding 12 months
Refresher Test Required Required Required Required
Physical Fitness Test Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required


Criteria for Certifying and Upgrading State Class 2, and State Class 1 Referees
CRITERIA State Class 2 (6) State Class 1 (5)
1. Minimum Age
18
19
2. Experience (minimum accumulated outdoor USSF sanctioned games at designated level) Referee: 100
Asst. Referee: 25
Referee: 150
Asst. Referee: 50
    a. Game level to be counted for upgrade to next higher level
U-19 competitive leagues or higher level using DSC* Of the 150 Games, a minimum of 50 must be on amateur Division I league games using the DSC*
    b. Time required in present grade
12 months as Referee 1 prior to application 12 months as State Referee 2 prior to application
3. Training Course Requirments 19 hours of Advanced Referee Training 7 hours of Advanced Referee Training
4. Written Examination 75% minimum score in USSF State Level Test 85% minimum score in USSF State Level Test
5. Field Evaluation by a currently registered USSF Assessor 2 Field assessments as a referee in U-19 competitive leagues or higher and one assessment as an asst. referee in Youth Regionals, amateur leagues or higher using the DSC*
Acceptable minimum grade: 70
2 Field assessments as a referee and one as an asst. referee in top amateur Division I leagues or higher using the DSC*
Acceptable minimum grade: 75
Physical Fitness Test Required Required
Annual Re-certification Requirements
In Service Training Five hours during the preceeding 12 months Five hours during the preceeding 12 months
Refresher Test Required Required
Field Assessment Required annually as referee in competitive leagues at appropriate level as required. Must pass twice as many tests as failed Required annually as referee in competitive leagues at appropriate level as required. Must pass twice as many tests as failed


Criteria for Certifying and Upgrading to National Class and International Panel Candidate (IPC)
CRITERIA National Class (4) International Panel Candidate
Minimum Age
25
26
2. Experience (minimum accumulated career outdoor USSF sanctioned games at designated level) Referee: 150 (50 must be at Division I or higher) 50 additinal games as specified by the National Referee Committee (minimum Div. I). Amateur league or higher (or 10 Professional Games)
    a. Game level to be counted for upgrade to next higher level
Amateur League games in State Association, Amateur National Cup, Professional games, or Amateur International Exhibition games using the DSC*
    b. Time required in present grade
Must have held State Class 1 for a minimum of 3 years and have been a USSF referee for atleast 6 years prior to application 12 consecutive months as a National Referee prior to application for IPC and must meet USSF basic requirements for selection to the International Panel (age and US citizenship required)
3. Training Course Requirements Required to attend and successfully complete the National Referee Certification Session Required to attend and successfully complete the National Referee Certification Session
4. Written Examination Must pass a Special National Referee Examination Must pass a Special National Referee Examination
5. Field Evaluation by a currently registered USSF National Assessor or an Assessor approved by the National Director of Assessment Must pass 3 field assessments as a Referee and 2 as an Asst. Referee on games approved by the Referee Committee and played within the dates specified: Jan 1 - Dec 31. Acceptable minimum grade: 80. Must pass twice as many assessments as those failed. Must pass 3 field assessments as a Referee and 2 as an Asst. Referee on games approved by the Referee Committee and played within the dates specified: Jan 1 - Dec 31. Acceptable minimum grade: 80. Must pass twice as many assessments as those failed.
6. Phisical Fitness Test FIFA Phisical Fitness Test required Must pass twice as many assessments as those failed.
Annual Re-certification Requirements
Referee Re-certification Session Required Required
Phisical Fitness Test Must pass 2 field assessments as a Referee and 2 as an Asst. Referee on games approved by the Referee Committee and played within the dates specified: (Jan 1 - Dec 31). Must pass twice as many assessments as those failed. Must pass 2 field assessments as a Referee and 2 as an Asst. Referee on games approved by the Referee Committee and played within the dates specified: (Jan 1 - Dec 31). Must pass twice as many assessments as those failed.

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