Requirements

ENY Referee Certification and Annual Requirements as of 7/1/2014
Certification Criteria Recreational
Grade 9
Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6
Minimum Age None 15 17 18
Experience (minimum cumulative outdoor games at designated level)   Not applicable Not applicable Assistant Referee 25 Assistant Referee 50
Game level to be counted for advancement Not applicable Not applicable US Soccer Federation Games 50 must be on adult Div 1 league games or higher or from the U.S. Soccer list of approved games.
Time in present grade Not applicable Not applicable 12 months as a Grade 8 prior to application 12 months as a Grade 7 prior to application
Training Successfully complete US Soccer Recreational Referee Training Course Successfully complete U.S. Soccer Grade 8 Referee Course (or the Referee Bridge Course to upgrade from 9 to 8) Successfully complete U.S. Soccer Grade 7 Referee Training Course Sufficient experience and game count in USSF affiliated games (adult level or equivalent)
Written Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Recreational Referee Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Grade 8 Referee Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Grade 7 Referee Exam 80% Minimum score on USSF Grade 6 Referee Exam
Physical Fitness Exam Not Required Not Required Not Required Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
Evaluation / Assessment by registered USSF Assessor Not required. It is recommended that new referees be observed in one of their first 10 games. Not required. It is recommended that new referees be observed in one of their first 10 games. Not required. It is recommended that new referees be observed once in their first year. Minimum of 2 passing assessments meeting the sufficient test criteria in affiliated games, 1 must be an adult game
Annual Renewal Requirements
In Service Training Four hours during the preceding 12 months Five hours during the preceding 12 months Five hours during the preceding 12 months Five hours during the preceding 12 months
Refresher Exam Not Required Required 80% Passing Score On Grade 8 Refresher Exam Required 80% Passing Score On Grade 7 Refresher Exam Required 80% Passing Score On Grade 6 Refresher Exam
Physical Fitness Exam Not Required Not Required Not Required Required with passing Score (FIFA Sprint & Interval Test)
Field Evaluation Not Required Not Required Not Required One assessment as referee in adult game required*
*For upgrading Grade 6 referees, the assessments should be completed within a 12-month period. No more than 2 failing assessments can occur within that time period. If a candidate fails a third assessment in a 12-month period, the referee must start the upgrade procedure over for the next registration cycle, starting with zero assessments.