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. 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.

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 19 online modules 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  “local” new referee classes scheduled for WINTER of 2018 are in the planning phase.  Please check back another time.  We anticipate scheduling five new referee clinics before March of 2018 (two at SOCA, one in Madison, two in Augusta).

All existing USSF Referees are required to re-certify annually.  If you have a 2017 badge, you will need to recertify before you can referee in calendar year 2018.   NOTE THAT FIFA HAS MADE CHANGES IN THE LAWS OF THE GAME WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE JULY 1, 2017!!!!!

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 “local” referee recertification classes planned for WINTER of 2018 (for 2018 badge) are being planned.  Please check back at a later date.  We anticipate scheduling five referee recertification clinics before March of 2018 (two at SOCA, one in Madison, two in Augusta).

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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