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Referee Grade Descriptions

Monday, June 22, 2015
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2021 Referee Descriptions

The Grade Level next to each name has been set by North Carolina which helps delineate between Referee Certifications in North Carolina. These Grades do not reflect US Soccer's Grade Level.

 

Grassroots - (NC Grade 8)
Grassroots Grade 8 referees will be eligible to referee primarily youth matches.

Minimum age:

  • Must be at least 14 Years old to referee.

Maximum age:

  • 17 Years old.

Minimum age to enroll in a referee course:

  • 3 months before the 14th birthday.

Background Check:

  • Only 18 yrs old and older registering individuals must complete and pass a criminal background check to referee in North Carolina.

Registration Fee:

New Referees

  • Total of $100.00 for persons 17 and under.   

Recertifying Referees

  • Total of $100.00 for persons 17 and under. (Late recertifying fees of $20.00)

 

New Grassroots Grade 8 Referee Course Requirements:

  • Registration and payment through Arbitersports.com
  • Registration with the new US Soccer Learning Center.
  • Completion of the Grassroots Online Course in the Learning Center.
  • Attendance to an In-Person Practical Field Training Session.

Testing:

  • Online exam
  • No Physical Fitness Test.

Recertifying Grass Grade 8 Referee course requirements:

  • Registration and payment through Arbitersports.com
  • Completion of the 2021 Online Requirements on Eligibility Center

 


Grassroots - (NC Grade 7)
Grassroots Grade 7 referees will be eligible to referee youth matches and adult amateur matches.

Minimum age:

  • Must be at least 18 Years old.

Experience level:

  • None, all persons 18 and older will automatcally be considered Grassroots Grade 7

Background Check:

  • Registering individuals 18 and older must complete and pass a criminal background check to referee in North Carolina.

Registration Fee:

  • Total of $100.00 (Late registration fees of $20.00)

Note: This registration fee amount is subject to change.

Testing:

  • Online Test
  • No Formal Assessment is needed
  • No Physical Fitness Test is needed

 

New Grassroots Grade 7 Referee Course Requirements:

  • Registration and payment through Arbitersports.com
  • Registration with the new US Soccer Learning Center.
  • Completion of the Grassroots Online Course in the Learning Center.
  • Attendance to an In-Person Practical Field Training Session.
  • Completion of SafeSport Training

Recertifying Grassroots Grade 7 Referee course requirements:

  • Registration and payment through Arbitersports.com
  • Completion of the 2021 Online Requirements on Eligibility Center

 


NC State Referee Candidate - (NC Grade 6)
NC State Referee Candidate Referees are considered "up and coming" referees. They will be eligible to referee youth matches and adult amateur matches including State Level Tournaments.

Minimum age:

  • Must be at least 18 Years old.

Experience level:

  • Game requirements as listed below and registration as a USSF referee for at least two years at Grassroots Grade 8 or Grassroots Grade 7

Match log:

  • Must have refereed a total of 25 games at the U15 or above level using the Diagonal System of Control involving one Referee and two Assistant Referees.

Background Check:

  • Registering individuals 18 and older must complete and pass a criminal background check to referee in North Carolina.
  • 'Must also complete USOC required SafeSport Training

Registration Fee:

  • Total of $100.00 (Late registration fees of $20.00)

Note: This registration fee amount is subject to change.

Additional Requirements for NC State Referee Candidate:

  • Must be recommended by an ARA, Assignor, or an Administrator
  • Submit match log for 25 whistles on U15 or above
  • Attendance of the Regional Referee Clinic/Online Clinic or approved substitute training classes
  • Completion of SafeSport Training
  • Must complete the Regional Ref Course on the Arbiter Eligiblity Center

Testing:

  • Regional Referee Online Test
  • One Informal Assessment by a Referee Coach or higher each year
  • Pass the “Women’s Cat 3” and 7.00 second sprints PFT (Must be completed within 6 months of upgrade/maintenance)

 

 

 


NC State Referee - (NC Grade 5)
NC State Referees will be eligible to referee youth matches and adult amateur matches including State Level Tournaments.

Referees in this grade will be eligible for consideration in:

  • Assignment to State, Regional, and National Tournaments
  • Advanced level training including professional level clinics
  • Priority of assignments and ranking within the NCSRA assignment system

Minimum age:

  • Must be at least 18 Years old to referee.

Experience level:

  • 3 years registration as a Grassroots Grade 8/Grade 7 referee.

Match log:

  • Must have refereed a total of 50 games at the U17 or above level using the Diagonal System of Control involving one Referee and two Assistant Referees.

Background Check:

  • Registering individuals 18 and older must complete and pass a criminal background check to referee in North Carolina.

Registration Fee:

  • Total of $100.00 (Late registration fees of $20.00)

Note: This registration fee amount is subject to change.

Requirements for NC State Referees:

  • Submit match log on 50 whistles on U17 or above
  • Attendance of the Regional Referee Clinic/Online Clinic
  • Completion of SafeSport Training
  • Must complete the Regional Referee Course on the Arbiter Eligiblity Center

Testing:

  • “Women’s Cat 3” and 7.00 second sprints PFT (Must be completed within 6 months of upgrade/maintenance)
  • Pass 1 Formal Assessment to upgrade or maintain each year (Game must be 15U or above & must be 80 minutes minimum)
  • Assessment can be done by Referee Coach or above
  • Assessment must be paid for by the referee

Note: NCSRA may, in its discretion for good cause shown, waive the time in registration requirements in exceptional cases

 


Regional Referee - (NC Grade 4)
 Regional Referees will be eligible to referee youth matches and adult amateur matches and professional games.

Referees in this grade will be eligible for consideration in:

  • Assignment to State, Regional, and National Tournaments
  • Advanced level training including professional level clinics
  • Priority of assignments and ranking within the NCSRA assignment system

Minimum age:

  • Must be at least 18 Years old to referee.

Experience level:

  • 3 or more years as a Grassroots Referee

Match log:

  • Must have refereed a total of 75 games at the adult amateur level using the Diagonal System of Control involving one Referee and two Assistant Referees.
  • 50 of the 75 games must be as a Referee
  • 25 of the 75 games must be as an Assistant Referee

Background Check:

  • Registering individuals must complete and pass a criminal background check to referee in North Carolina.

Registration Fee:

  • Total of $100.00 (Late registration fees of $20.00)

Requirements for Regional Referees:

  • Must complete the Regional Referee Course on the Arbiter Eligiblity Center
  • Must attend the Regional Referee Clinic/Online Clinic
  • Must Complete the SafeSport Training

Testing:

  • Pass the Sprint and Interval Physical Fitness Test for men/women. (Must be completed within 6 months of upgrade/maintenance)
  • If you are upgrading to Regional Refereee, you must pass 3 Formal Assessments as a Referee by 3 different Regional Assessors, or National Referee Coachs on Adult Ameteur Matches. One of those can be a U18/U19 match.
  • If you are maintaining Regional Referee, you must pass 2 Formal Assessments as a Referee by 2 different Regional Assessors, or National Referee Coaches on Adult Ameteur Matches. One of those can be a U18/U19 match.
  • All of the Formal Assessments must be on at least a 90 minute match. Each Assessment MUST be paid for by the Referee pior to receiving an assessment.

(80 minute matches must consist of two 40 minute halves)

Note: NCSRA may, in its discretion for good cause shown, waive the time in registration requirements in exceptional cases

 


 
 
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