Information for NEW Referees

Welcome to the U.S. Soccer Referee Community

Here are some helpful tips and advice for you as a new referee. They have been gathered from experienced referees - who all started their careers as referees just like you and learned many of these lessons the "hard way." The advice found here will get you off to the best possible start.

You've been through the entry level class, completed all the requirements, and have your badge. Now what? The class you took taught you a lot about the Laws of the Game and the mechanics of refereeing, but there are still probably many questions you might have about being a referee.

Based on feedback from thousands of new referees just like you and with the help of more experienced referees who have been where you are now, the hand-outs below have been put together as a source of helpful tips and advice for you as a new referee. All referees, including those who have done World Cup Games, have started just like you and have learned these lessons the hard way. The advice found here will get you off to the best possible start.

Click below to get started and remember to have fun!