Before officiating a US Soccer Match, referees must obtain and wear a US Soccer referee uniform.
What Referees need to have:
An approved US Soccer referee uniform. The gold colored referee jersey is the most often used color. This jersey should be purchased first, and it's best to purchase the short sleeved version. There are two types of jersey's: Pro, and the Economy (cheaper version of Pro, vneck, no buttons, no pocket flaps)
A different colored jersey should added as an alternate color. Starting out it's not nessessary to buy all the different colored jerseys right away. However, advancing as a referee, adding the remaining colors is best. Other jersey colors are: Black, Blue, Red, Green.
Next referees will need to wear black referee shorts or black shorts with the US Soccer Referee logo with black socks, either 3 stripes or 2 stripes.
Shorts 3 Stripes 2 Stripes
Lastly, a comfortable pair of dominately black colored shoes (Running, Boots, or Turf)
Running Boots Turf
Accessories for Officials
- A referee bag/backpack that should contain the following:
- 2 watches with choronograph/stopwatch functions to wear during the game
- Paper with pencil/pen to record match information
- Red & yellow cards.
- Flipping coin
- 2 whistles
- Assistant Referee Flags
- Cold weather gear (black beanie, black gloves, black long sleeve shirts)
- Street shoes and dry socks (for wearing off the pitch when not refereeing)
- Snacks (energy bars)
- Water/Gatorade bottles to stay hydrated.
Official Sports is the official provider for US Soccer Referee Uniforms.
Referee Kits can be ordered online by clicking the image below:
Referee Kits can also be purchased locally in at these locations:
3051 Trenwest Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27103
1204a Reynolda Road
Winston Salem, NC 27104
215 Country Club Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28516
1437 Sam's Drive Suite #117
Chesapeake, VA 23320