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Referee Training and Certification

Calling all New Soccer Referees!!!

There is a shortage of soccer referees in this area and across the entire state.
FC Berna encourages individuals that do or have played soccer, to consider becoming a soccer referee.
It's a great part-time job for anyone 16 years or older.

How to become a referee:

A new state-wide process to become a soccer referee was introduced in the 2019 summer.
Link below with provide all the details but this is basically the steps required:
Step 1: Register and complete the Grassroots Online Course at the US Soccer Referee Learning Center web site.
Step 2: Register and attend an In-Person Course in the state - most courses happen during summer and early spring.
Step 3: Complete Safe Sport Certification (if 18 or older)
Step 4: Complete the US Soccer NCSI Background Check (if 18 or older)
Step 5: Download the IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG) and wait to be assigned to games

Training Effort:
Online Courses - Estimated time to complete all required online training courses is about 6 hours. 
In-Person Class - Typically run for about 2 hours.

Grassroots Referee: Competitive Youth Games - Requirements and Information

Must be 16 yrs of age the day of the class, no exceptions.
All referees 18 yrs of age or older will submit to a background check, this is part of the registration process.
Class fee: ~ $160.00 fee includes USSF registration, classroom fee, background check fee, insurance and Referee Starter kit . 
(Information on ordering referee starter kit will be e-mailed to you after you attend your in person course.)
Wages: Typically youth soccer referees make ~ $ 25 - $50 per hour / game.  With usually having multiple games per weekend day.
Games:  Few games are played Friday evening, some are on Saturday and majority played on Sunday.
Driving Distance: Referees officiate typically games played within ~30-45 minutes of Basking Ridge area.
(Refs must supply own transportation to and from games.)

For more information including list of Grassroots referee courses available please visit the following NJ State Referee Committee site:

If interested or have any additional questions about becoming a youth soccer referee please contact your program director.
List of Program Directors are available from our Contact Us page.

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