Referees are certified at different grade levels. Grade 9 qualification is the entry level grade for referees ages 12-15. Grade 9 referees are authorized to work any recreational or small-sided youth game, either as Referee or as an Assistant/Side line. This includes RI Super Liga game levels U12 and below, as well as recreational games in any age bracket. After a year of refereeing at the Grade 9 level a referee can advance to the next level, Grade 8 by taking a class.
Grade 8 – is also a beginner but with a little more soccer experience and a little more maturity. A Grade 8 referee can officiate any type of game: recreational, travel or adult, depending on their ability and desire. Grade 8 qualification is the entry level grade for referees 16+ (or younger with one year of grade 9 experience) intending to referee ‘competitive’ Super Liga matches. Additionally, a Grade 8 qualification allows for referees to also officiate at the ‘Recreational’ level where games often only involve one center official.
ALL REFEREES MUST ATTEND ANNUAL RE-CERTIFICATION TO MAINTAIN THEIR CURRENT GRADE
If you have any questions throughout this process, please contact the EWG Referee Coordinator.
If you are interested in refereeing you need to be certified as a USSF Soccer Referee. Visit the RI State Referee Website.
You will need to register as a referee on the RISCR website and THEN enroll in a class.
When searching for a clinic to attend, you are looking for the New Grade 9 Referee Class.
You will need to obtain an official US Soccer Referee uniform and equipment: Your appearance as a referee sends a message to players, coaches, spectators and your fellow referees. That first impression is vital. If you expect to command respect you must look and act professional! Click to view what is required.
We use an online system to help us assign referees to games for our RECREATIONAL league. If you are NEW to our league, Contact the Referee Coordinator. She will enter you into our online system and you will receive an email generated from the system assignr.com (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once you receive this email (check you junk mail folders if you don’t see it), you will follow the instructions to create your account and enter your info, so we may begin assigning games to you.