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 (USSF will no longer allow us to certify referees at age 12). 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 will 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 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 the in person “classroom” clinic).  USSF is presently completing a new and more comprehensive online course.  Once that is finished, we should be able to finalize the in person clinic dates and times.

Cost: $70.00 (you must register as new referee and then for the class at


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 will no longer exist.

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 at

The “local” referee recertification classes for SUMMER of 2019 (for 2020 badge) will be posted during the first week of July, 2019.  We plan to schedule SIX referee recertification clinics before September of 2019 (four at SOCA, two in Augusta, one in Madison).

For additional information please contact Lecky Stone

Robert Lecky Stone, Jr., USSF Referee, 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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