Upgrade to Regional Referee

Upgrade to Regional Referee

Here is how you become a Regional Referee in Idaho...

Pre-requisites for upgrade...

  • Minimum age: at least 18 years old

  • Time as a Grassroots Referee: Minimum of 3 consecutive years

  • Previous game experience: 50 games as a referee and 25 as assistant referee, all at the adult level. Qualifying games must be 90 minutes in length. A log must be submitted showing your games, so keep track.

If you are a current Regional Referee, here are the steps you take to recertify.

Requirements for upgrade to Regional Referee for 2022...

  • Fitness test

      • As a prospective Regional Referee, your first step is the fitness test. You cannot move to any future steps without a passing fitness test.

      • You must complete the Sprint/Interval Test prior to beginning the assessments. The criteria are the FIFA Women's Referee Test) Male - Category 1 / Female - Category 3 including...

          • Sprint Test: 40 meter sprint; Men (maximum 6.40 seconds per trial), Women (maximum 6.60 seconds per trial)

          • Interval Test: Men (maximum 17 seconds per 75m run and 20 seconds per 25m walk), Women (maximum 17 seconds per 75m run and 24 seconds per 25m walk ). You can practice the interval test on your own using this audio file: Interval Test Audio File Download

      • Jason Hutchinson, our SRA, is your contact for the fitness exam.

  • Practical Evaluation

      • After your fitness test, move to the practical evaluations. 3 assessments are required, all as a referee.

      • Matches must be adult, 11v11, and competitive. The SDA can approve 1 top level U-17-19 match in some cases. The SDA can also approve a college match at times. Discuss those situations with Rob Walters.

      • The SDA will assign your assessor once you request it. Referees may not seek out an assessor on their own or request a specific assessor.

      • If you are sure you have a qualifying game, request your assessment here. Be sure it meets the requirements and is the 1st game of your day.

  • Online training

      • During the process of getting all 3 assessments, you may do the online and in person training.

      • Complete the Regional Referee Recertification course in the Learning Center including the modules, Safe Sport, and the Regional test. You can begin in July or after.

  • In-Person training

      • Attend the Advanced Referee Inservice in the fall. It will take place on a Saturday and dates will be announced soon. One date will be in the Treasure Valley area. If enough referees require a date in another place, we'll offer one as possible.

      • All Regional Referees and those upgrading to regional in the next 12 months are required to attend. That means you must be at least 17 years old to attend the inservice training. It will include a full day of video analysis, classroom instruction, Law Changes, discussion, and additional testing.

On game day...

  • Communicate with your assessor directly in the event of weather or other unusual circumstances.

  • Pay the assessor before the game begins ($65 for an upgrade or maintenance assessment. All assessments carry a $50 additional fee if the assessor commutes more than 100 miles round trip for the game. Mileage is per day, not per game.)

  • Plan to spend 20-30 minutes with the assessor after your match. Ensure you do not have a game immediatley following your assessment. This debrief is with the entire crew, even if only one person is being assessed.

  • After the debrief, you will receive a written report within 72 hours. A minimum passing score is 70.

To upgrade...

  • Complete the steps in the the US Soccer Learning Center and receive your badge. You will need to upload your assessments.