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2016 USSF Certification & Recertification Update

There has been a slight change in certification process for 2016. The following underlines the changes:

Grade 8 Upgrade:

Those Grade 9 individuals seeking to upgrade to Grade 8 will have experience requirements.

  • Game Experience – 20 Games for Cal South Affiliated League Games.

Grade 7 Upgrade:

Those individuals seeking to upgrade to Grade 7 will have experience requirements.

  • Grade Experience – Two years a previous Grade 8.
  • Game Experience – 40 Games as Referee & 25 Games as AR for Cal South Affiliated League Games for each of the two years.

Grade 6 Upgrade:

Those individuals seeking to upgrade to Grade 6 will have experience requirements.

  • Grade Experience – Two years as a previous Grade 7.
  • Game Experience – 40 Games as Referee & 25 Games as AR for Cal South Affiliated League Games for each of the two years.

To view each grade requirement please visit the Cal South website. Under the Referee tab, select “Maintenance and Upgrade Requirements”. 

USSF ID Number Notifications

US Soccer is still in the transition stage of moving all information into their new registration system. Cal South conducted the first upload of referee information to US Soccer in January. It included all referees certified from July to first week of January. We will upload on a monthly base moving forward. We finally received those first USSF ID numbers for New Referees. We have sent out an email to all new referees to notify them of their full ID number. Please make sure to tell your new members to look out for that email. USSF will be mailing their membership cards soon.

Referee Association Flyers

Cal South would like to encourage local referee associations to market themselves to new referees. Entry referee trainings are great locations to recruit those who will soon be looking to get plugged in. Creating short flyers that outline association contact information and how much a referee can make will quickly attract new referees. Associations are more than welcomed to stop by an entry field training to pass out flyers or membership sign-up sheets after the training.

Cal South emails all referees a link to the full listing of referee associations as soon as they are approved. We also notify them of the association link in the welcome letter we mail out. However, it always helps to reach out in a setting where you’re sure to find a whole group of new officials eager to get started.

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