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Referee Grade Descriptions

Monday, June 22, 2015
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2021 Descriptions

 

Grassroots - 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 - 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 Grass Grade 7 Referee course requirements:

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

 


NC State Referee - Grade 6
Grade 7 referees will be eligible to referee youth matches and adult amateur matches.

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 Grade 8/Grade 7 referee.

Match log:

  • Must have a total of 75 games as a Referee on a match using the Diagonal System of Control involving 1 Referee and 2 Assistant Referees.
  • 15 of the 75 games must be on U-15 matches or above.

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:

  • Must be recommended by an ARA, Assignor, or an Administrator
  • Submit match on 50 Centers 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
  • 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 - Grade 5
 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

Note: Referees qualified as Grade 7 under the old requirements before July 1st, 2014 will be considered as the equivalent of the new 7A referees for 2014.

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.
  • 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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