Common Questions

 If your question is not answered here please contact the SDI.


When do I have to submit a USSF game report, and to who?
I want to become a soccer referee, what do I need to do?
Should I take a grade 8 or grade 9 referee course?
How do I get assigned games?
Is there a fee for in service training?
What is the re-registration process?
What are the qualifications for a jamboree to be accepted as 2014 training credit?
As a NHSA and USSF referee, how do I keep up to date on recent decisions and interpretations?
I am a USSF Certified referee. Do I need additonal training to officiate a  futsal match?
I lost my USSF referee badge, how can I get a replacement?
 
Q: When do I have to submit a USSF game report, and to who?
A: Copies of the USSF Game Report and USSF Supplemental Game report can be down loaded from the US Soccer site, or from the resources page on this site.  As a USSF referee, you are required to fill out and submit the relevant form whenever you have any of the following incidents in one of your games:
  • A send off and red card
  • A caution and a yellow card
  • A serious Injury
  • Dismissal of a coach or other team official
  • Any other incident that should be brought to the attention of the SRA involving the game, teams, team officials or referee team.
The completed form must be submitted, via email, to the SRA ( email here ), and the relevant league assignor for the league.
 
In all reports clearly state the facts associated with the incident. If you have any questions, contact the SRA, SYRA or SDI for assistence in filling out the proper forms.
 
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Q: I want to become a soccer referee, what do I need to do?
A: NH Soccer certifies and trains United States Soccer Federation Referees (USSF). One certified a USSF referee is eligible to referee any USSF affiliated game!  Almost all leagues outside of high school and college are USSF leagues, examples here in NH include: Granite State Soccer League, Super Y, Seacoast Soccer League, Open Cup, Presidents Cup etc. Basically almost all youth soccer!
 
To become a USSF referee, the typical entry level is "grade 8". The grade has nothing to do with a referees age, it is a ranking system USSF uses, the lower the grade number, the higher the referee level (and more training and testing required!), for example, Most referees in NH are grade 8. NH also includes grade 7's and a handfull of grade 6 and grade 5 USSF referees. The referees you see on TV doing MLS are primarily grade 1,2,3.
 
To become a grade 8 referee, you must be 12 years old at the time of the class and attend a grade 8 class at a cost of $50, a list of which can be found on the training page, pass a 50 question exam and pay the annual certification fee of $45.
 
Once complete your registration is done and your name is made available to USSF certified referee assignors to assignment to games!
 
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Q: Should I take a grade 8 or grade 9 referee course?
A: The majority of referees in NH are grade 8 referees. Grade 8 allows you to referee any youth match as either the center referee or the assistant referee. Grade 9 referees, or recreational referees, are restricted to referee in recreational leagues, or as Assistant referee only in competitive matches up to U14.
 
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Q: How do I get assigned games?
A: The majority of soccer games in NH are assigned by assignors who have built a relationship with the leagues. The assignments, in general, are not done by NHSA or the SRC. For details on leagues and the assignors to contact, please refer to the Find An Assignor page on this web site.
 
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Q: Is there a fee for in service training?
A: There is no fee per class for in service training. In service training is required annually for all recertifying referees. Your annual registration fee is all that is needed!
 
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Q: What is the re-registration process?
A: Annual re-registration for grade 8 and 9 referees is two parts. First register for the upcoming year on www.uscoccer.info. Second attend one of the 4 hour IST sessions. You are welcome to attend any IST sessions you like, however you are REQUIRED to attend one of the 4 hour sessions to receive your badge. Grade 5,6,7 referees must also attend the annual fitness test. Grade 5,6 referees must also obtain a maintenance assessment.
 
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Q: What are the qualifications for a jamboree to be accepted as 2014 training credit?
A: The primary goal of In Service Training is to provide referees with annual training pertaining to their level of experience. Many jamborees are held that allow referees to officiate younger youth games, under controlled circumstances and get on field training and coaching from NHSA/USSF certified instructors. We feel this on field training, for referees with fewer years of experience is more beneficial to the referee growth than a classroom session. 
 
In oder to be accepted as credit the following must be established:
  1. Approval of the SDI PRIOR to the jamboree
  2. NHSA Certified instructors must be present
  3. Referees of 0, 1, 2 years of experience are eligible
  4. A pre, or post, jamboree 1 hour classroom session is required to address the annual changes to the LOTG as well as have the referees take the required annual written referee exam.
 
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Q: As a NHSA and USSF referee, how do I keep up to date on recent decisions and interpretations?
A: All USSF referees are expected to keep up to date on the latest decisions, positions and changes to the LOTG. USSF documents these papers on the site www.ussoccer.com. As an aide to our referees, NHSA posts relevant position papers, directives and links to help us stay up to date and those can be found here.
 
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Q: I am a USSF Certified referee. Do I need additonal training to officiate a  futsal match?
A: Yes, futsal is an exciting version of indoor soccer, the rules are very different from outdoor soccer and USSF requires a different certification. You must take the futsal class, pay a futsal registration fee and you will receive a futsal badge.
 
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Q: I lost my USSF referee badge, how can I get a replacement?
A: NH SRC gets an allotment of badges for the current year, enough for one referee and some for entry level classes, we do not dependably, have enough badges to replace a lost badge.  The best way to replace a lost badge, or get additional badges can be found on the US Soccer Referee Registration Page, linked here
 
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