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You’ve heard about soccer referees all your life, and now you’re ready to become one! Well, congratulations! Here’s what you need to do first:
Go to Referee Class and Get Certified
- It’s important to know that the class is not just about learning the rules of soccer but also about being taught how to officiate. The instructor will teach you everything from where your feet should be during a game and how long it takes for players to get back into position after taking a free kick. Additionally, they’ll show you different types of fouls and give tips on handling them in real-life situations.
- The length of time varies depending on what type of referee you want to become (MLS or USSF), but most classes last between four hours and five hours long.
- Most classes cost between $200-$600 depending on whether additional fees are involved, such as travel expenses or locker rental fees if needed during training sessions at local gyms like Boise State University’s Kibbie Dome.
Get Registered With the Idaho Soccer Referee Association (ISRA)
The ISRA is a non-profit organization that helps referees in Idaho. It’s the official governing body of soccer referees in Idaho, and they’re responsible for certifying soccer referees in Idaho and assigning them to games.
Suppose you’re interested in becoming a soccer referee. In that case, it’s important that you become registered with the ISRA before applying for your certification test at an ISRA-certified referee center or through its online coursework system (both are free).
Contact Your Local Reffing Assignor
- Contact your local reffing assignor and tell them you are interested in working games.
- Ask them how to register with the Idaho Soccer Referee Association (ISRA).
- Ask them how to get a uniform and a watch with a countdown timer, which ISRA requires.
Get a Uniform and a Watch With a Countdown Timer
You’ll need a polo shirt and shorts. This is the uniform all referees wear, so it’s important that you get one that matches your personality. It should be comfortable, with pockets for your whistle, a book of rules, and a pen/pencils.
The best timepiece is one with a countdown timer: this will help track how much time remains in each half (or quarter), so you don’t have any confusion about when halftime ends!
Buy Cleats, a Soccer Ball, and a Referee’s Notebook.
- Buy cleats, a soccer ball, and the official referee’s notebook.
- The first thing you need to do is buy cleats that fit your feet. You can find them in many sporting goods stores or online at sites like Amazon or eBay. They will help you slide through the grass better when you are running back and forth between players on the field of play during matches.
- Once they’ve arrived at your home, place them in their appropriate boxes (cleat boxes for lefties; right-handed shoe boxes). Place these boxes on top of one another, so they don’t get lost easily if any other family members want to use them too—or accidentally stack them up too high!
- Next comes choosing which type of soccer ball will work best with how far away from goalposts opponents might be able to score their goals—which makes sense since this decision affects whether or not there’ll be extra time added after every goal scored during each half-hour game session time allotment period duration.
Take the Online USSF Grade 8 Test
If you’re interested in becoming a soccer referee, there are two things you should know:
- The USSF requires that referees be at least 18 years old before taking their grade 8 test.
- The USSF requires that referees retake the test once they’ve reached the age of 18 and have been practicing as a referee for at least one year.
How to Become a Soccer Referee in Idaho: Requirements and Steps
To become a soccer referee in Idaho, you must have at least five games with an average of 25 officials per game. If you work outside of Boise, this number increases to seven games. If you live in Twin Falls or Burley or Caldwell and work most of your games within 100 miles of where you call home, then only one game would be required (unless it’s a home playoff game).
There are several ways to get started on becoming a soccer referee:
- Get certified by the state association (see below).
- The state association does not offer any courses or tutorials for becoming a referee; however, other organizations offer training programs for referees under its auspices.
- These include;
- American Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) which offers high school programs as well as adult AYSA leagues
- USA Field Hockey Association which offers youth league and adult league opportunities
- Umpire Training Corps International, which offers both youth and adult programs
How to Officiate Soccer Games as An ISRA Referee?
- You will now be able to officiate up to U12 and below as an ISRA referee.
- You’ll also be able to take the grade 7 test and upgrade to grade 7 once you finish this process, but it’s not required yet since you’re just starting out.
- Please don’t take the test until after you’ve finished this process for safety reasons.
- After going through this process, you’ll be much better prepared for it once you know what all the rules mean.
Become A Certified Soccer Referee In Idaho!
- You will be certified as an official soccer referee when you finish the course. You can use your credentials to officiate games up to U12 and grade 7.
- If you don’t already have one of these certifications, now is a great time to get it! It costs only $15 annually and takes just two hours at most.
This guide will get you started if you want to be a soccer referee in Idaho. The best way to learn the rules is by reading them and practicing. You will also need to take a certification course to help you start officiating games. If you have any questions about this guide or how to become a referee, feel free to reach out! Thanks for reading!