Referee Grades Explained:


All referees affiliated with FIFA have a designated referee grade. The grade indicates the qualification of the referee to officiate at various levels of local, national and international soccer competition. There is a common misconception that these grades are related to elementary or secondary school grades - they're not, they are assigned by USSF.


Grade 1 Referees: Referees who officiate in the World Cup and international matches are designated as Grade 1.


Grade 2 Referees: Assistant Referees to Grade 1 Referees are designated as Grade 2.


Grade 3 and 4 Referees: In the United States competition at the national level (including professional soccer and MLS) requires Grade 3 or 4. Grade 3 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for international service.


Grade 5 and 6 Referees: The highest level of competition within a state (amateur leagues beyond youth) requires a Grade 5 or 6 where Grade 5 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for national service.


Grade 7 Referees: Grade 7 is an experienced referee in the state qualified to officiate all but the highest levels of amateur soccer.


Grade 8 Referees: Most referees begin their careers as Grade 8 having taken the entry training course.


Grade 9 Referees: Very young aspirants to refereeing may take an abbreviated training course and be registered as Grade 9 which qualifies them only for very young "small sided" matches (usually seven and eight year old players in six per team matches)


 Requirements for becoming a referee:


There are 2 entry level courses for Referees: the Recreational Referee Course (Grade 9) and the Referee Course (Grade 8). To successfully complete the Grade 9 Recreational Referee course the candidate must be at least 12 years of age and no older than 15, and must attend 8 hours of course work, including a written test. To successfully complete the Grade 8 Referee course the candidate must be at least 16 years of age, must attend 16 hours of course work and pass a 100 question written test.

How to become a referee:

How to Become a Certified Referee

Referee Gear:

To perform as a new referee you will minimally need a referee shirt (gold is the preference) with your badge attached (they sell velcro pads to help affix the badge easily for a couple of bucks), solid black shorts, referee socks, and some sort of timekeeping device.

There are a couple of relatively local soccer shops where you can buy all the gear you will ever need. If you are really gung ho they also sell starter kits for referees which typically include the following: shirt, shorts, socks, flags, cards, lanyard, whistle, scorepad and bag.



            99 Washington St (RT 1) Foxboro, MA 02035

             We Got Soccer had put together a promotion for WYS participants. The Code will give WYS participants a 10% discount both online in-store . 

            Saving Code : WRENTHAMREWARDS  
            Email: info@wegotsoccer.com
            Phone: 1-866-880-7194



Another possible source of referee gear could be someone you know who has hung up their whistle. If they no longer have any use for their stuff you could "inherit" it from them. I don't currently have any extras on hand, but if you know of anyone who might, that would be a good place to look for an economical outfitting.


How do I get involved in refereeing for WYS?



During the season BAYS pays the center referees and uses their system to trigger the payments, so it is a good idea to get a profile created . Additionally BAYS would like game reports filed by the centering referee for each game and the website is where this happens. The Assistant Referees DO NOT have to file game reports and are paid CASH on game days by WYS during both the Fall and Spring seasons. Nevertheless everyone should be registered on the BAYS site. You can find the information at the following link: http://bays.org Contact the WYS Assignor when you have gotten to the point of applying to towns and have applied to Wrentham, so you may be approved. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the WYS Assignor.


WYS Pay Scale:


  • 8v8 Center Referee: $25
  • 6v6 Center Referee: $20
  • Assistant Referee: $10

Reference Material:




Here is the link to the MassRefs website which contains all the

information needed for anyone looking to get "patched" info:



Interest in becoming a WYS ref, please contact WYS Ref Coordinator

Pat Willson