The North Dakota State Referee Committee leads the State Referee Association in promoting and implementing U.S. Soccer's referee initiatives and programs in support of all affiliated members and competitions within North Dakota. We are one of 55 State Referee Associations that support the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program at the local level.
The North Dakota State Referee Committee provides opportunities for any individual to become an entry level soccer referee. Through its offered training programs, and with the individual gaining experience by officiating as a member of a referee team, it prepares the referee for increasing levels of game management at local, state, regional, and national competitions.
Why take training to become a Certified Referee?
• Learn the laws and rules of soccer
• Gain self-confidence
• Learn how to be a leader and also work in a team setting
• Meet new people with the same love of soccer
• Learn basic job skills with the flexibility of scheduling
• Increase communication skills
• Learn to think and make decisions quickly
• Get paid to exercise
What do the different referee grade levels mean?
All referees affiliated with FIFA and USSF have a designated referee grade. The grades indicate the qualifications of the referee to officiate at various local, regional, national and international soccer competition. There is a common misconception that these grades are related to elementary or secondary school grades – they’re not, they are assigned by USSF.
Grade 9 is the entry level certification to referee soccer for small sided and recreational youth games. Grade 9 online courses, classroom training, and passing (80% or higher) the Grade 9 Referee Test will meet the requirements to certify with U.S. Soccer. Referees completing the Grade 9 certification will gain a foundation of knowledge in soccer refereeing and can expect to receive recreational game assignments as the referee and assistant referee for ages 14 and younger.
Grade 8 certification prepares referees for competitive youth games. Grade 8 online courses, classroom training, and passing (80% or higher) the Grade 8 Referee Test will meet the requirements to certify with U.S. Soccer. Referees completing the Grade 8 certification can expect to properly handle assignments all youth games, both competitive and recreational as the referee and assistant referee.
Grade 7 certification prepares referees for adult matches. The minimum age for Grade 7 referees is 18 years old. Grade 7 online courses, classroom training, and passing (80% or higher) the Grade 7 Referee Test will meet the requirements to certify with U.S. Soccer. Referees completing the Grade 7 certification should have already demonstrated the ability to properly manage all levels of youth as a referee and assistant referee.
How do I get started?
Access the new online registration process by going to the ND Referee GameOfficals wedsite. You can register and pay online, access online course material, and sign up for the classroom portion of your course. You must complete the online course material before attending the classroom session.
Please see most updated classroom session dates on the GameOfficials site.
Bismarck - March 18th - 9am to 1pm - Zion Lutheran Church 413 Ave E, Bismarck ND (parking lot entrance)
Minot - April 1st - 9am to 1pm - Location TBD
Fargo - April 1st - 2pm to 6pm - Location NDSU A. Glenn Hill Center
Grand Forks - April 2nd - 12:30pm to 4:30pm - Location UND Memorial Union
Jamestown - April 23rd - 12pm to 4pm - Location University of Jamestown
Recertify and/or upgrade with USSF through ndrefs.gameofficials.net. Pay and access the online course material through this one site!
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