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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
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1) What age do I need be to referee?

Age 13 and Below

Due to North Carolina labor laws, all Referee's must be above the age of 13. You may complete the online registration and complete all Online Coursework within 3 months prior to your Birthday. You cannot step onto a field to referee until your 14th Birthday. This includes all Out Of State referee's.

Age 14 and Above

Once your birthday has passed you may referee in North Carolina.


2) Which Grade will I be?

Ages 14-17

Referee's of between this age are automatically slotted to become Grade 8 Referee's.

Age 18 and Above

Referee's of this age are automatically slotted to become Grade 7 Referee's.


3) How do I register to referee?

Entry Level and Recertifying (In State)

Both Entry Level and Recertifying Referees complete the USSF Referee Registration. The registration is standard for all and based on your previous years registration, the system will automatically know if you are an Entry Level Referee or a Recertifying NC Referee.

Recertifying (Recently moved to NC)

Recertifying Referee's that have recently moved to NC still complete the same registration, but please have your USSF ID Number ready to add into the Arbitersports system.

Please complete all the online material that pertains to your recertifying grade level. 

If you have registered with another state before moving to NC, then you are considered an Out Of State Referee.

Out Of State

Referee's that have certified in another state but wish to referee in North Carolina need to complete the Out Of State Registration.

Click here to find the Out Of State Registration


4) I have paid my registration, now what?

Complete the online course material and test.

All referee's must complete their online course material. To locate the online course material, scroll up and click on the Eligibility Tab on the black bar at the top of the Central Hub.

Inside the Eligibility Center, click on the Grade that applies to you. This will provide a list of requirements.

Each course is up to 1 hour long and individuals are free to complete each course when their schedule allows them to. You will not be able to referee until the courses and test is completed


Entry Level Referees

Persons 17 year old and younger, click on the available Grade provided by the Eligibility Center, click the grade and it will drop down the requirements. From there click on and complete the requirements.

Recertifying Referees

Grade 8 Persons 17 year old and younger, click on the available Grade provided by the Eligibility Center, click the grade and it will drop down the requirements. From there click on and complete the requirements.

Grade 7 Persons 18 year old and older, click on the available Grade provided by the Eligibility Center, click the grade and it will drop down the requirements. From there click on and complete the requirements.

Grade 7A is only for referee's that qualify for advanced training

Grade 6 is only for referees that are considered State Referee's

Click here to find the Eligibility Center


5) Do I need to attend an In Class Clinic?

As for 2017, it is not required for Grade 8 and Grade 7 Referee's to attend an In Person Clinic.

NCSRA will hold a number of training clinic's throughout the state. These clinics are optional, and are available to anyone who wishes to advance their referee training beyond the basic level.

Grade 7A's and State Referees have specific requirements. Please review each grades requirements.


6) When do I need to Re-Certify?

Referee registration begins and ends with a fiscal year from July to May. Completion of the a Registration allows you to referee the entire calendar year. Each year, Referee’s must recertify during the fiscal year so they can referee the next or current calendar year, depending when they complete the registration. Failure to complete the registration prior to October 1st, a late fee will be charged to recertifying referee’s. Failure to complete the registration to recertify within the fiscal year, will not allow a person to referee during that calendar year, even if they complete the NEXT calendar year’s registration.

Example: Not completing the 2018 registration but completing the 2019 registration will only allow that person to referee in 2020 (Jan-Dec).



7) What is the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) Risk Management?

Risk Management is North Carolina's version of a National Background Check. It is needed to ensure that all person's involved with Youth and Adult soccer in North Carolina are safe.

ALL Assignors associated with NC Soccer must complete this application.


8) Do I need a Background Check?

During registration, all persons MUST consent to both sections of the background history check. This step is simply part of the registration.

Background checks will be completed for all persons 18 and older by NCSRA Staff. It is needed to ensure that all person's involved with Youth and Adult soccer in North Carolina are safe.

ALL Referee's associated with NC Soccer must complete this application. Background checks include Out of State Referee's. Consenting to a background check is part of the registration process and is completed by the State Referee Administrator periodically. 

If your background check does not show as completed, then you have not consented. This means that when the Office runs background checks, you will not be included.

Click here to complete the Consent Form


9) Why are the online courses not showing as complete?

You must completely view, listen and watch ALL slides and answer all questions at the end of each course. All of these courses must be completed on a desktop computer or laptop NOT on iPad or tablet devices. If completion criteria has not been met then you have not done something. If you missed any questions, later on you can resume the course and correct any questions you have missed.


10) I’ve completed the coursework but why am I still not getting a green checkmark in my Eligibility Center?

After completion of the online coursework the system needs to refresh. It may take up from 12-24 hours for changes to be made. This also includes the eligibility icon.


11) How do I know if I’m eligible to referee in North Carolina?

For North Carolina, referee's will know that they are ready to referee if they have eligibility icons on their personal profile.

To view them:

Log into the USSF Arbitersports.

Click on Profile tab on the right hand side

Under the photograph image, you should see the icons that pertain to you.

Click here to view the icon descriptions


12) I've completed all of my online courses and test, now what?

The NCSRA Office will send you your Badge in the mail via the US Postal System. Please stand by until you receive it. If you haven't received your badge within a few weeks, please contact the NCSRA Office.

Next, purhcase a uniform and the equipment you will need as a Referee. You can find information about Uniforms on the link below.

Referee Uniforms

Also, contact your local Assignor and inform them that you have completed your requirements and that would like discuss information about receiving assignments. Your Assignor will further advise you.


13) Do I need to complete a Physical Fitness Test

Physical Fitness Test's are for only Advanced Referee's. Entry Level Referee's are not required to pass this type of event.

Advanced Referees Grades are:

Grade 7A

Grade 6 (State Referee's)

Grade 5 (State Referee's)


14) How do I receive a Badge?

Entry Level Referee's

All Entry Level and Recertifying Referee's will receive their badge from the NCSRA office once they have completed their online coursework.

Purchasing an Additional Badge?

Only referee's that have been uploaded to US Soccer may request an additional badge.

Click here to view more information


15) I received my USSF ID Card; it is showing Grade 7 not Grade 7A?

Your USSF registration card will only show Grade 7. Grade 7A is a North Carolina established grade so the administration can keep record of who may be intending to upgrade to State Referee. In North Carolina 7A is considered an "advanced" track and it is different than being a Grade 7.


16) Why am I not receiving game assignments?

Please be sure that your Local Area Assingor knows that you are a ready to referee by emailing them informing them of your needs and availablity.

Next check over the steps below:

1) Look at your profile's custom field settings. Your assignor numbers may not be correct on your Custom Fields profile.

To find your custom fields, Log into the Arbiter and act as an Official.

Click on the Profile Tab,

Then click on the Custom Fields Link on the left side of the page.

Search for "USSF ARA & Assignor #(s)"

ARA & Assignor Numbers YouTube Video

Assignors List Spreadsheet

Once you add the numbers, please allow the system to update 24 hours. During this time you will be added to your Assignors list of Referees. You can add up to ONLY 4 Assignor Numbers at one time like this (##)(##)(##)(##).

After waiting 24 hours; if you would like to add more Assignor Numbers, delete the numbers orginially added, and add the next numbers. The system will then need to update another 24 hours. Once it has updated, you will be added to a total of eight Assignors, versus four.


2) Look at your blocks tab and ensure that your not blocked to receive assignments.

Blocks Tab YouTube Video

3) You may not be marked ready on your profile.

Click the "Ready" checkbox on your profile so assignors will know that you're ready.

4) You may not be marked Active in the system by Administrators.

This is a permission that only administrators can change. Your records may not be processed if you are an Out Of State Referee. Contact your local assignor to help you understand why you have been marked inactive.

You will be marked inactive, due to denial by a Criminal Background History Check. Please contact the NCSRA Office if you feel as if you should not be denied.

If all of the above items are correct on your profile, please be sure that you contact your local area assignor to inform them that you are ready to referee. Contacting them via email is the best way for you to begin communicating your needs and your assignors needs to one another.


17) How do I upgrade to a higher level?

There are a set of specific requirements for each grade from Grade 7, Grade 7A, Grade 6 and Grade 5.

Click here to view those requirements

In addition there are also steps that are needed to completed by the referee in order to upgrade.

Click here to view those steps


18) How do I know if I've successfully upgraded?

By looking on your personal profile you will see the eligibility icons underneath your photograph. The icons will reflect the coursework that you have completed.

If you are upgrading to State Referee (Grade 6) you are not successfully upgraded until you have been uploaded to the US Soccer Salesforce Database.


19) How do I locate my personal USSF ID Number?

You can find your USSF ID Number by looking at your custom fields under your profile. This number is manually added to your profile. If you know you have one and it is not there, please contact the NCSRA Office at


20) How to sign up for a tournament?

1) Tournament Invitations are sent out a few weeks prior to a tournament by email.

Review the invitation email and look for the tournament codes that are provided in the email. Each tournament has a specific code.

The codes will resemble this:



2) In Arbitersports while acting as an Official, go to your personal profile.

3) On the left side of the screen, click Custom Fields

Scroll down to the USSF-NC Section and look for the Tournaments section.

4) Locate the tournament dates

It will resemble this:

Tournaments 1-7-8-17 (Which means January 7-8 2017)

5) Click the dropdown box next to the tournament date of your choosing

6) Click the tournament code you would like

Typically there will be multiple tournament codes in the dropdown box. Please be sure that you are selecting the correct tournament code.

The "H" (xxxx17H) at the end of each code stands for "Housing" or "Hotel".

Selecting a code with an "H" lets the assignor know that you are requestings housing for this tournament.

All persons under the age of 18 requesting housing, MUST be accompanied by a parent or Adult/Guardian.

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