There are two ways to become a referee:
-In-town Intramural Program Referee
-Travel Program Referee
In-Town Intramural Program Referee
Anyone registered to play in a NRYS program U12 and above who would like to learn to ref and earn a paycheck can sign up for training. Classroom training occurs late winter and will review the laws of the game and instructions on game management. To help build confidence in the new referees on-field instruction and mentoring will be provided during the spring season. Referees will be assigned in-town intramural games exclusively. This is a perfect opportunity to gain experience for the next step in referee more competitive games. Contact [email protected] for more information. Below are 4 links for more information for in town referees:
NRYS Advice to Referees
NRYS Laws of the Game Grade 1
NRYS Laws of the Game Grade 2
NRYS Laws of the Game Grade 3
Travel Program Referee
Mass State Referee Committee provides instruction to teach our middle and high school aged players (14 years of age or older) to become certified USSF referees.
All of the state referee courses are listed on the Massachusetts State Referee Committee website. The updated list of course times and locations can be found HERE.
To register for one of these courses, complete the on-line registration process at www.massref.net.
Grade 8 Course
This course prepares you for officiating competitive travel games. After successfully completing this course, you will be certified to referee any travel game including Essex County games (North Reading Youth Soccer's league).
Students are required to complete an online self-study in advance of this course, pass an online written test and attend eight hours of classroom instruction
to become certified.
Grade 8 Qualifications:
To become a grade 8 referee, participants must be at least 14 years of age on the day of the course. No previous referee experience is needed.
Should you have any questions about these courses, feel free to email Fred Corey, our USSF Area Referee Administrator and a member of the Massachusetts State Referee Committee. His email is [email protected].