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 12 (see below for age 12). The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) establishes the Grade standards for soccer referees in the US. The two referee entry levels are Grade 8 (for Rec, Challenge, Travel and Adult Leagues) and Grade 9 (Referee for Rec and Challenge, Assistant Referee only for up to U-14 travel). Referee Grades are NOT related to school grades.  SOCA will not be sponsoring any new Grade 9 classes, only Grade 8.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the State Referee Program has been advised NOT to allow children under age 13 to register as a referee.  The issue relates to the collection, use and dissemination of personal information about a 12 year old child without “verifiable parental consent” pursuant to Federal Trade Commission regulations under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. 

To referee matches for SOCA you must successfully complete the training to become certified with USSF as a Grade 8 or Grade 9 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 and click on “CLINIC LISTING” on the upper left side.  Note: clinics in Charlottesville or Augusta will be listed on the state website in the CENTRAL area, while clinics in Harrisonburg or Orange will be listed in the NORTH area, and clinics in Roanoke or Lynchburg are in the WEST area.

ALL NEW REFEREE CLINICS ARE IN “COMBO” FORMAT (requires completion of online modules in advance of one-day clinic)  

USSF GRADE 8 NEW REFEREE Certification class (9 HOURS)
(Students MUST complete ALL online modules with 100% on the review questions PRIOR to class.) Once you have registered for a class, you can log back in at that class (click on “confirmed reg” on the left to more easily locate your class).  “Load Session Tracker” will take you to the online modules.
Cost: $70.00 (you must register as new Grade 8 referee and then for the class at

The  proposed “local” new referee classes scheduled for SUMMER of 2018 are listed below.  They have not yet been posted on the State website.  We have scheduled five new referee clinics before September of 2018 (four at SOCA, one in Augusta).   We may add another in Harrisonburg.  These are the planned dates:

07/28/18 Saturday – New Grade 8 at SOCA (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

08/04/18 Saturday – New Grade 8 at SOCA  (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. )

08/11/18 Saturday – New Grade 8 at BRCC in Weyer’s Cave (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

08/19/18 Sunday – New Grade 8 at SOCA (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

08/25/18 Saturday – New Grade 8 at SOCA (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

RECERTIFICATION: All existing USSF Referees are required to re-certify annually.  If you have a 2018 badge, you will need to recertify before you can referee in calendar year 2019.   NOTE THAT FIFA HAS MADE CHANGES IN THE LAWS OF THE GAME WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE JUNE 1, 2018!!!!!

USSF GRADE 8,9 REFEREE Recertification class (5 HOURS)
(Students MUST complete online recertification examination PRIOR to receiving a badge.)
Cost: $70.00 (you must register as an existing referee (8 or 9) at

The planned “local” referee recertification classes for SUMMER of 2018 (for 2019 badge) are not yet posted on the State website.  We have scheduled four referee recertification clinics before September of 2018 (three at SOCA, one in Augusta).  These are the planned dates:

08/05/18 Sunday – Recert (Grades 8 and 9) at SOCA (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

08/11/18 Saturday – Recert (Grades 8 and 9) at BRCC in Weyer’s Cave (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

08/19/18 Sunday – Recert (Grades 8 and 9) at SOCA  (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

08/26/18 Sunday – Recert (Grades 8 and 9) at SOCA (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

For additional information please contact Lecky Stone

Robert Lecky Stone, Jr., USSF Grade 7 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
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