Become a Referee

As of July 1 2019, US Soccer has instituted a ruling that certified referees (those working Competitive games) must be 13 years old. There are no age restrictions for individuals who wish to officiate Recreational games. 

Rhode Island (in conjunction with US Soccer) offers an entry-level program for individuals interested in becoming a referee. No prior experience is required, however, you will have a better chance of successful completion with a basic understanding of the game. Entry-level referees will start as a Grassroots Referee and will be taught a basic understanding of the Laws of Games adequate for officiating at the recreational and low-level competitve matches. These courses can be found on the US Soccer Learning Center website (

All interested participants aged 18 and older will also need to complete a background check BEFORE you can register for this course, and THEN you need to take the 4-6 hours online course. It is recommended that people for whom this applies begin the process at least 2 to 3 weeks BEFORE the course date.  US Soccer policy states that NO ONE can attend any in person course unless the background check has cleared.

Referee Uniforms: The Grassroots Course pre-registration fee includes the cost of a uniform kit. The kit consists of 2 referee shirts, one pair of shorts, one pair of socks and a referee wallet with red/yellow card set, which will issued during the on-field clinic. However, if you register within 2 weeks of the on-field clinic, you may need to pick up your uniform at a later date from the state office in Cranston.

If you are under 13 years old and wish to begin officiating Recreational games, please contact your local Referee Coordinator. The list can be found by clicking the [Game Time!] tab (at the top of this window) and click on “Assignors & Coordinators”.

Good Luck!