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 2021 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.  We will schedule New Referee certification clinics locally (see below) but more are also offered around the state.  To see all classes around the state, go to and select “Entry- never been a USSF Referee before”.  Note: clinics in Charlottesville, Augusta or Richmond 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.

EFFECTIVE 08/01/2020

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 Grassroots referees takes about 5-1/2 hours and the in-person sessions take about 4 hours.  We are setting up a HOLDING CLINIC for which you can register and access the online work.  Once the online work is completed, you can transfer to one of the field training clinics.  The “classroom” session will be through a zoom meeting.  If you have questions, please contact me.

The new Grassroots Referee clinics planned for the Charlottesville area for winter of 2020-21 are still in the planning phase due to complications with the in-person sessions from COVID-19.  We will start conducting those AFTER Thanksgiving.

RECERTIFICATION: All existing USSF Referees are required to re-certify annually.  USSoccer has agreed that with no spring 2020 season, it will transfer everyone who had completed the 2020 requirements and “automatically” certify them for 2021.  If you have a 2020 badge, you will still need to recertify with the State before you can receive a 2021 badge and referee in calendar year 2021.   NOTE THAT FIFA HAS MADE CHANGES IN THE LAWS OF THE GAME WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE JULY
1, 2020!!!!!

Referee recertification clinics for 2021 badge are 100% online.  To register and complete the online sessions, log in at

For additional information please contact Lecky Stone

R. 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
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