Current U.S. Soccer Referees who are interested in refereeing more challenging levels of competition may consider upgrading to the next Referee grade.

Prior to making this refereeing commitment, a Referee should communicate with EPSARC’s SRA (Ian Bongaardt) and SDA (Mike Piercey).

Upgrade requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Minimum of three (3) consecutive years as a Grassroots Referee
  • Game count (50 games as a referee, 25 as an AR in adult matches)
  • Pass the Regional Referee Online Modules and Test
  • Fitness test (Date / Location)
    • Female Officials use the FIFA Women’s Referee Fitness Test, Category 3 standards
    • Male Officials use the FIFA Women’s Referee Fitness Test, Category 1 standards
  • Three (3) Passing Evaluations. Two (2) at the adult amateur level, One (1) at the highest youth level in the state. (U18 or U19 2 x 45 minute halves)
    • Evaluations must be done by three (3) different referee coaches.

To upgrade:

  1. Review the Regional Referee Certification Requirements
  2. Log into your EPSARC account
  3. Register for the Referee – Regional Recert clinic (online):
    • From your home page, click on the Registration drop down and select “Register for a clinic/fitness test”
    • Go through the prompts
  4. Complete:
    • Online modules
    • Online test
    • Current background clearances
      • Must be completed every 5 years
      • SafeSport must be redone yearly
  5. Register for the Fitness Test
  6. Contact your Assignor for games that qualify for upgrade assessment