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 Grades which SOCA sponsors training for 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.

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.
DUE TO THE CHANGE IN CLASS FORMAT (now Grade 8 “Combo” Format, requiring completion of online modules in advance of one-day clinic), SOCA WILL SPONSOR ONLY NEW GRADE 8 REFEREE CLASSES FOR 2016-17.)  

USSF GRADE 8 NEW REFEREE Certification class (9 HOURS)
(Students MUST complete 18 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 2017 (NOW POSTED ON THE STATE WEBSITE) are as follows:

Saturday 01/14/17 – New Grade 8 “COMBO” at James Madison University (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) POSTED ON STATE WEBSITE UNDER “NORTH”

Saturday 01/28/17 – New Grade 8 “combo” at SOCA (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19404 (May move to a warmer location!)

Saturday 02/04/17 – New Grade 8 “combo” at Madison County High School (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19406

Saturday 02/18/17 – New Grade 8 “combo” at SOCA (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19403 (May move to a warmer location!)

Saturday 02/25/17 – New Grade 8 “combo” at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyer’s Cave  (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19405


All existing USSF Referees are required to re-certify annually before they are allowed to referee.   NOTE THAT FIFA HAS MADE MANY CHANGES IN THE LAWS OF THE GAME WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE SUMMER OF 2016!!!!!

The “local” referee recertification classes planned for WINTER of 2017 (for 2017 badge)  (NOW POSTED ON THE STATE WEBSITE) are as follows:

Sunday 01/15/17 – Recert  (Grades 8 and 9) at James Madison University (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) POSTED AS “NORTH #18736”

Sunday 01/22/17 – Recert  (Grades 8 and 9) at SOCA (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19407

Sunday 01/29/17 – Recert  (Grades 8 and 9) at SOCA (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19408

Saturday 02/04/17 – Recert  (Grades 8 and 9) at Madison County High School (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19409

Sunday 02/19/17 – Recert  (Grades 8 and 9) at SOCA (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)  CENTRAL #19410

Saturday 02/25/17 – Recert  (Grades 8 and 9) in Weyer’s Cave (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) CENTRAL #19411

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

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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