Q0. How do I find out what's involved to become a soccer referee?
A0. To begin, click here.
Q1. I recently received a card from the U. S. Soccer Federation. The card said that it was time to renew my referee registration. By when do I need to do this?
A1. US Soccer Referees are registered annually from January 1 through December 31. If you are registered for 2013, your registration is valid until Dec 31, 2013.
Q2. How do I renew my referee registration for 2014?
A2. Most grade-8 and grade-9 referees renew their referee registration by attending a recertification class and by obtaining a passing score on the refresher exam, which is given at the class. Therefore, to register for 2014, most grade-8 and grade-9 referees should first sign up for one of the recertification classes. However, there are exceptions to this rule:
If you are need help figuring out which class to take, please contact Peggy Gruzalski.
Q3. How do I sign up for a recertification class?
A3. To sign up for a class, please follow these steps:
(You may want to print these out before you begin.)
Once you have registered for the class, you should receive an email summarizing/confirming your class registration. Print the email and bring it with you to class.
If you do not receive an email, go to GameOfficials (top menu) and login (if necessary). If you are registered for the class, the class will be listed on your homepage. If this is the case, your email address probably was entered into GameOfficials incorrectly. Please select "My Info" (left menu bar) and make sure that your email address and other information is up-to-date. If you do not receive an email and you are not registered for the class, try registering again. If you need assistance, please contact Peggy Gruzalski.
Q4. What do I do if there are no recertification classes listed in my area?
A4. If there are no classes listed in your area, feel free to call an instructor in your area and ask him/her when the next class will be offered. You may obtain a list of instructors as follows:
Q5. What do I do if I don't know my SOTN.GameOfficials username and password?
A5. If you do not know your username and password, please send an email to Peggy Gruzalski and ask her to send them to you. Please include your name and date of birth in the email.
Q6. I am an advanced referee, an instructor, and/or an assessor, and I want to pay the appropriate registration fee(s) and complete any required 'paperwork.' I also want to take the appropriate exam. How do I do these things?
A6. Please follow these two steps:
Step one (pay registration fees and complete 'paperwork')
Step two (take the appropriate refresher exam)
Q7. I am a Referee Emeritus. How do I register?
A7. To register, please follow these steps:
Q8. How do I update my biographical/contact information that's posted on SOTN.GameOfficials.org?
A8. To update this information, please
Q9. How do I cross certify from AYSO to the USSF?
A9. To cross-certify from AYSO to the USSF, please follow the instructions given here.
Q10. I am registered for a class but I would like to attend another class instead. How do I do that?
A10. To change classes, first cancel your registration for the class you're in and then register for the other class. To do this, follow these instructions:
Once you are removed from the class, sign up for the class you want to attend. If you paid for the first class, the program will not ask you for a second payment.
Q11. What is the maximum fee a TN referee assessor is allowed to charge a referee for travel?
A11. The maximum fee a TN referee assessor is allowed to charge a referee for travel is shown below. These maximum fees apply to all assessments (upgrade, maintenance, or developmental).
Miles traveled (one way)
0 - 50 miles
50 - 100 miles
100 - 200 miles