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The United States Soccer Federation Assessment Program develops policies, programs and procedures to guide the evaluation of officials by trained and certified assessors. The objective of this evaluation is to assist officials at all levels of the game to improve and sharpen their referee skills.
Assessors are certified by the U. S. Soccer Federation under the direction of State Directors of Assessment who report administratively to the State Referee Administrator and who are responsible for carrying out the mission of the National Program.
There are four assessor grades: Associate, Referee Assessor, State Assessor and National Assessors. National Assessors are appointed by the invitation of the U.S. Soccer Federation and report directly to the National Director of Assessment and the Manager of Assessment and Training. They are responsible for assessing officials at the highest level and, when qualified as instructors, for conducting Associate and State Assessor courses.
Information on becoming an assessor can be found in the Referee Administrative Handbook.
ANNUAL ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
Annual assessment requirements for National Referee Candidates and recertifying National Referees requires that each receive one passing assessment, as the referee, from an assessor specified/approved by U.S. Soccer (Referee Inspector).
In addition, all National Referees and National Referee Candidates must fulfill the assessment requirements approved by the referee committee on September 23, 2009. The new set of criteria arranges assessments into categories and replaces the previous list titled “Other Approved Games.” It is critical that all National Referees and National Referee Candidates become familiar with the revised standards which are in effect on December 1, 2009. Below is the list of Referee Assessment Requirements: