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Becoming a Referee

New – As of May 2014

MassRef has decided to raise the minimum age for initial certification from 12 year old to 14 years old.

Existing certified refs under age 14 are grandfathered and will be allowed to recertify.

Want to become a soccer referee?? If you are interested in becoming a certified referee for the upcoming season please check the courses listed at www.massref.net. All certifications are issued with the completion of these courses. Westwood Youth Soccer has no authority over certifying a referee. If you see an open course that works for your personal schedule, sign up!

Note from MassRef- “If you will be 14 on or before September 30 and have any problem enrolling online immediately contact CourseAdministrator@MassRef.net

If you will be 14 by the course date you should be able to enroll online. If you turn 14 between the course date and September 30 contact CourseAdministrator@MassRef.net

Here are some traits that help make a good referee:

1) Confidence to take action when it will be noticed.

2) Ability to think fast.

3) Interest in learning the rules well.

Refereeing is not for everyone but is a good experience for those who want to work at it.

Current and prospective referees can direct questions to our Referee Coordinator, Bruce Masi-Phelps. To be included in our scheduling data base all newly certified referees should send an e-mail to the Referee Coordinator, who can be reached at:


New referees need to buy:

  • Yellow Referee Shirt
  • Black Referee Shorts
  • Black Referee Socks with 3 white stripes
  • Whistle ( Metal preferred )

These can be purchased at wegotsoccer.com or other stores online. Purchase early because stores sell out close to the start of the season.

Westwood Youth Soccer provides a flag, red/yellow cards, and a spare whistle for new refs.

Current referees will need to take an annual re-certification course to get their 2016 badge.

These courses are offered in the summer and fall. All referees must be certified with a current year badge.