Referee Training

Support the game of soccer by becoming a referee!  This is a rewarding way to participate and assist others to play this great game. Opportunities are available for referees beginning at age 13. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) establishes the training standards for soccer referees in the US. The entry level for new Referees for 2019-2020 will be “Grassroots” (for Rec, Challenge, Travel and Adult Leagues). The former Referee Grades 9, 8 and 7 no longer exist.

To referee matches for SOCA you must successfully complete the training to become certified with USSF as a new Grassroots Referee.  New Referee certification clinics are also offered around the state.  To see all classes around the state, go to the State Referee Program website at www.vadcsoccerref.com and click on “BECOME A REFEREE” at the top of the page.  Note: clinics in Charlottesville, Augusta or Richmond will be listed on the state website in the CENTRAL area, while clinics in Orange will be listed in the NORTH area, and clinics in Roanoke or Lynchburg are in the WEST area.

ALL NEW REFEREE CLINICS require completion of online modules in advance of the in person “classroom” and “field” clinic sessions. The online training for new youth referees takes about 5-1/2 hours and the system has some deadlines.  If you are uncertain whether you can finish the online portion before the deadline, DO NOT PANIC.  Go ahead and register for the earliest classroom session that you can make.  If you have problems or questions, please contact me.

These are the new Grassroots Referee clinics planned for the Charlottesville area for winter 2020:

DATE Place/Time CLINIC TYPE CLINIC NUMBER LOCATION
01/04/20 SOCA 9:00AM-4:30PM Referee – Grassroots Entry Central-13-0120-EGRH Charlottesville , VA
01/11/20 HorizonsEdge 9:00AM-4:30PM Referee – Grassroots Entry Central-17-0120-EGRH Harrisonburg , VA
01/18/20 SOCA 9:00AM-4:30PM Referee – Grassroots Entry Central-21-0120-EGRH Charlottesville , VA
02/08/20 Madison 9:00AM-4:30PM Referee – Grassroots Entry Central-25-0220-EGRH Madison , VA
02/16/20 HorizonsEdge 9:00AM-4:30PM Referee – Grassroots Entry Central-29-0220-EGRH Harrisonburg , VA
02/22/20 SOCA 9:00AM-4:30PM Referee – Grassroots Entry Central-30-0220-EGRH Charlottesville , VA


RECERTIFICATION: All existing USSF Referees are required to re-certify annually.  If you have a 2019 badge, you will need to recertify before you can referee in calendar year 2020.   NOTE THAT FIFA HAS MADE CHANGES IN THE LAWS OF THE GAME WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE JUNE 1, 2019!!!!!

The former Referee Grades 9, 8 and 7 no longer exist.

REFEREE Recertification class (3 HOURS)
(Students MUST complete online recertification examination PRIOR to receiving a badge.)
Cost: $70.00 (you must register as an existing referee at www.vadcsoccerref.com)

The “local” referee recertification classes for WINTER of 2020 (for 2020 badge) are now posted on the State Referee website.  For each date and time there are THREE clinics scheduled.  Pick the one appropriate for you.  Whenever we have more than one instructor, we will cover the Law changes together and then split the session into discussion groups.

12/29/19 SOCA 6:00PM-9:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 1 -2 – Recertification Central-10-1219-GRRCT-Y12
12/29/19 SOCA 6:00PM-9:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 3+ Recertification Central-11-1219-GRRCT-Y3+
12/29/19 SOCA 6:00PM-9:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Adult Games Recertification Central-12-1219-GRRCT-Adult
01/05/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 1 -2 – Recertification Central-14-0120-GRRCT-Y12
01/05/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 3+ Recertification Central-15-0120-GRRCT-Y3+
01/05/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Adult Games Recertification Central-16-0120-GRRCT-Adult
01/12/20 HorizonsEdge 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 1 -2 – Recertification Central-18-0120-GRRCT-Y12
01/12/20 HorizonsEdge 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 3+ Recertification Central-19-0120-GRRCT-Y3+
01/12/20 HorizonsEdge 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Adult Games Recertification Central-20-0120-GRRCT-Adult
01/26/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 1 -2 – Recertification Central-22-0120-GRRCT-Y12
01/26/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 3+ Recertification Central-23-0120-GRRCT-Y3+
01/26/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Adult Games Recertification Central-24-0120-GRRCT-Adult
02/15/20 Madison 9:00AM-12:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 1 -2 – Recertification Central-26-0220-GRRCT-Y12
02/15/20 Madison 9:00AM-12:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 3+ Recertification Central-27-0220-GRRCT-Y3+
02/15/20 Madison 9:00AM-12:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Adult Games Recertification Central-28-0220-GRRCT-Adult
02/23/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 1 -2 – Recertification Central-31-0220-GRRCT-Y12
02/23/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Yr 3+ Recertification Central-32-0220-GRRCT-Y3+
02/23/20 SOCA 1:00PM-4:00PM Referee – Grassroots – Adult Games Recertification Central-33-0220-GRRCT-Adult

For additional information please contact Lecky Stone

Robert Lecky Stone, Jr., USSF Referee, Grassroots Referee Instructor and Assignor
Director of Referee Development and Assigning
Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area (“SOCA”)
1685 Polo Grounds Road
Charlottesville  VA  22911
Cell (434) 962-0115
Home e-mail: leckystone@comcast.net
SOCA e-mail: lecky.stone@socaspot.org