Referee Contact

For additional information about becoming a referee, game assignments or general referee questions - send email to

Welcome to the NVSC Referee Website!!!

Thank you for visiting the NVSC Referee Website.  Here you will find most of the information needed to help make your referee season a HUGE success.  There is a lot of information on this page and the links to the right, so ensure you scroll down and visit our other pages so you don't miss anything.

If you are interested in becoming a referee, are currently a referee or have any questions about the information contained below, please feel free to contact the club referee assignor at - 


We use Arbiter to assign and manage games for the club, so if you are a new referee or new to our club you will need an account.  Our contact and information form can be accessed using the Arbiter Access (referee link above).  Once you've completed the form, send me an email to let me know.


The links within our referee section also contain important information about our club policies, operating procedures, modifications to the laws of the game for the various leagues, field locations and layouts in the park as well as referee tools and education.

Referee Game Cards - This is a great way to record your game details.  There are 2 versions (your preference), print and take with you to the field.  Record information during the game (scores, cards shown, issues with coaches, etc...) so you have a record to use when submitting your report in Arbiter. Each version prints as 3 cards per page.

We have added important information about Concussions in Soccer.  This information has been compiled from the work of US Youth Soccer and the CDC.

The Field Guide has summaries of the modifications to the Laws of the Game for the youth leagues U7 through U19.  Print a copy of the guide to have as a handy reference at the field.  It is designed to be either stapled into a booklet or hole punched and placed in the 5x8 three-ring binder. As the guide is updated, there will be a new version date at the bottom of the page. 

Though the field guide is a useful quick reference, each referee should familiarize themselves with the clubs full policies and procedures as well as the modifications to the Laws of the Game contained here and those for the various leagues for which you may be assigned SFL , ODSL, CCL and VAPL - to ensure you know the differences. Links are available to these sites and other documents.

Want to become a Referee?

If you are interested in officiating for NVSC, but are not yet certified as a USSF Soccer Referee, please visit the State Referee Website (see State Referee Program Link). 

To see a list of available courses, on the State Referee Program main page click on the "CLINIC LISTING" link on the upper left side.  To begin, you will need to register with the the state office and select a clinic that fits your schedule for the referee grade you want to attain.  When searching for a clinic to attend, we are in the North Region, and you are looking for the New Referee Clinic. The new referee clinic registration fee for either entry level referee grade costs $70.  New referee and re-certification clinics are scheduled prior to the Fall and Spring Seasons.  They typically start in late July through the beginning of the Fall season and continue through late March/ early April of the Spring season.

There are two entry level grades for a referee:

  1. Grade 8 - This grade requires completion of the Grade 8 referee course and passing the end of course exam.  The purpose of the Grade 8 Referee Course is to prepare officials for both competitive youth (travel) and recreational games  up to U19.
  2. Grade 9 - This grade requires completion of the Grade 9 referee course and passing the end of course exam.  The purpose of the Grade 9 Referee Course is to prepare officials for the small sided and recreational youth games U14 and younger. 

Though either entry level course will allow you to officiate games with NVSC, if you are 15 or older it is recommended that you attend the grade 8 course as this reduces the limitations of the types of games you can be assigned.  The DCV State Referee Program has set a minimum age requirement of 13 for certification.

Both courses combine online training with classroom training. The classroom portion is typically 10 hours and may be scheduled over a couple evenings, a single weekend or two weekends. The online training takes about 3 hours depending on the Grade.  The course you select will have details about how the classroom time is structured as well as the location and instructor info. 

A referee initially certified as a Grade-9 can attend a New Grade-8 course later or take a special "Bridge" Course designed to upgrade Grade-9 referees to Grade-8.  This is typically done during the time a referee has to re-certify (referees have an annual re-certification requirement).

Registering for a course does not mean you will become a referee automatically.  There is an exam and you must qualify by passing. Having stated that, almost everyone who watches the required videos and listens to the instructor during the classroom portion should do well. Another way to improve your likelihood of passing is to review the Laws of the Game before the clinic. If you do not pass the exam during your classroom session, you will usually have an opportunity to re-test in another clinic – talk to your instructor.  Instructors want to put referees on the field, but only after they have demonstrated a basic knowledge of the Laws.

If you have any questions throughout this process, please contact the State Office directly at

Once you have completed the required instruction and received your patch, you will need to obtain the Official US Soccer Referee Uniform and some basic equipment - see our General Information section for more details. A basic uniform package (jersey, shorts, and socks) will cost approximately $40 to $60 depending on the package. They typically include additional accessories such as flags, whistle, data wallet, red/yellow cards and patch velcro. The starter kits are typically less expensive than purchasing the individual components.

A referee officiating recreational games can typically get by with one short-sleeve yellow jersey. Referees who work competitive matches should have alternate color jerseys (black, red, blue, green) to eliminate any color conflicts.

Don't wait until the last minute, especially if you have to order the uniform. You will not be permitted to officiate a game without having the minimum uniform elements. There are several online sources for uniforms - Official Sports, Soccerone, RefereeStore, etc... Examples of the approved referee shirt and other accessories can be found in our uniform section under General Information.

Once certified, a new referee needs to contact an assignor for a local club or league. The assignor will work with you to give you appropriate skill level games based on your age and qualification.  You can contact me at  to be placed on the email distribution lists.  That will ensure that you receive vital information about upcoming referee events as well as being up to date on the process for getting assignments, officiating matches, etc.

I often get questions about how much a referee makes.  Game rates vary widely and depend on the Age Group, the Referee Position (Center Referee or Assistant Referee) and the level of the game (recreational or competitive). The higher the level and age (and the longer the game) the more a referee can earn. For one game as a U10 Center Referee, the rates can be approximately $22-$45. Center Referee for a U19 game can range between $48-$80 where as an Assistant Referee can earn between $28-$40.

We look forward to having you work with us on the pitch!!!!

Now that you are Certified.....

Now that you are a US Soccer Certified Referee, it is always good to stay up to date on the current Law Changes, and US Soccer Referee Directives.

The best place to get this information is the US Soccer Website at  Not only does it provide referees with helpful information about officiating matches, but it can help keep you up-to-date on the events surrounding the US Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams.

Some of the links that are most helpful to Referees are:

U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program - U.S. Soccer is committed to producing a variety of referee education resources aimed at supporting the program's approximate 140,000 members across the country  that service amateur games at the youth and adult levels.

Laws of the Game - Many helpful documents including the Laws of the Game, Yearly Memorandums, Law Updates, etc...:


If you have any questions about anything that you read on any of the above links, please feel free to contact me at

See you on the pitch!!!!

What is required for a Complete Referee Uniform?


A USSF approved Referee Jersey - Required

Yellow USSF Referee Jersey - Primary Color

Black USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color.  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Red USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color.  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Blue USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color.  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Green USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color .  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Black Referee Shorts - Required

Black Socks - Required

Current Year US Soccer Referee Badge - Required

Primarily Black Shoes - Required

Referee Badge Velcro - Unless you are going to sew your badge on (not recommended) you will need this to attach the badge to your shirt


Accessories to include:  Whistle, Watch with countdown timer, Game cards, Something to write with, Referee wallet (holds the red and yellow cards and game cards), Flags, Coin, Equipment Bag

You are required to be in complete uniform for any match that you are assigned.  Please wear the uniform with pride...shirts tucked in, socks pulled up to below the knee, referee patch etc...


NVSC's Referee Pay Scale:

Age Group


Assistant Referee


U9, U10



U11, U12



U13, U14



U15, U16



U17 - U19



Basic pay scale applies to both House and Surburban Friendship League Games.

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