All United States Soccer Federation (USSF) affiliates require that all referees be registered by the USSF. In order to register a referee must be qualified. Normally this means taking a USSF referee training course conducted by a qualified USSF Referee Instructor.
Entry level referee classes allow candidates to become certified with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and create a wide variety of refereeing opportunities. There are two distinct USSF entry level grades; USSF Grade 8 and USSF Grade 9. Both entry level grades have no connection to 'school grades' (a common misconception). Candidates must complete one of the two classes in order to become USSF certified.
The Missouri Referee Development Program (MRDP) offers both USSF Grade 8 Referee and Grade 9 Recreational Referee clinics through the four MRDP Districts, which mirror the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) districts. Normally these scheduled clinics are posted on the Missouri Referee Development Program Clinics. Any interested person may attend any posted clinic anywhere within Missouri to meet the requirement. After clinic completion, and in order to be assigned any youth games, a background check is also required.
The USSF Grade 8 Referee may officiate games as a Referee or Assistant Referee in all youth games, as well Assistant Referee in higher comparable games. The Grade 8 clinic consists of a total of sixteen (16) hours of instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, that includes a passing 75%+ score on the written test after the course, candidates may register as Grade 8 Referees with the United States Soccer Federation for the current USSF Fee.
The USSF Grade 9 Recreational Referee may officiate games as a Referee on recreational youth games U-14 or younger and as an Assistant Referee on any game U-14 or younger. They may not officiate older youth games or adult matches. For the latter matches, you must be at least a Grade 8 Referee. The Grade 9 clinic consists of an eight-hour class. Upon successful completion of the course that includes a passing score on the written test, candidates may register as Grade 9 Recreational Referees with the United States Soccer Federation for a fee.
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