Becoming a Referee

To become a Referee you need to first decide what level of games and assignments you will be doing for the next year or so, how much time you want to committ to the training and how much money you want to spend becoming a referee. So an Adult might be interested in doing Adult games as well as Youth games, while it is likely that young referees would only be interested in doing Youth games. As such the starting point for the Adult would be a Referee Grade 8 and would be interested in taking the 16 hour (5 Session) Entry Level Course. A young referee may only want to do Recreational Under 14 games for the first year or so and would be interested in becoming a Grade 9, which is a 10 hour Entry Level Course. This course was written for 11 and 12 year olds.

Once you determine what level, review the list of clinics supporting that level. (Grade has nothing to do with school grade) After finding one that works for you, contact the sponsor of that clinic to register.

Recreational Referee Grade 9

If you are interested in doing under 14 and younger games ONLY, then this grade is for you. Requires annual recertification. Grade 9 is relatively new to USSF. It is intended to introduce new referees to the game with a minimum amount of committment to training and with a minimum amount of cost. But at the same time affording the new referee the full support of the USSF.

Referee Grade 8

If you are interested in all levels of Youth play, both centering and side lining, and recreational Adult play, then this grade is for you. Requires annual recertification. Referee Grade 8 is the "traditional" starting point for most referees, but the class is a 16 hour clinic and the cost is slightly more. However, most referees in the State of Washington are Grade 8 referees, because this opens up the most opportunities. Because of this, most Entry Level Clinics are for Grade 8.

Expense Reimbursement

All referees are eligible to be reimbursed for certification classes and uniforms as follows:

  • After refereeing 10 games you may receive 75% of total cost of your certification class.

  • After refereeing 10 games you may receive up to $50.00 for uniform and equipment costs.

You must submit receipts with explanation on an expense report (Documents Page) and you will be paid with your next Salmon Creek referee check.

Game Assignments

Salmon Creek uses Oregon Soccer Central for it's game assignment software. OSC has many advantages for both the referee and the club. Referee has the ability to see games from all clubs that he/she has been added to. Some referees want to see many games and are attached to many clubs while some will just have a couple of clubs to officiate for. Submitting a request to be added to a club is quick and easy. For soccer clubs, it is a huge advantage having many referees looking at their games each weekend. Salmon Creek uses the self assignment method which means you can log into your account periodically and see what new games have been added and "self-assign" to games you want. OSC is free to the officials that use it. You can look at our pay scale or that of any other organization right from the homepage. Each age pays differently so be sure to check out the age you are interested in. Create your member account now at