Getting Started as a referee

Interested in becoming a referee for EGSA?  You've come to the right place!

First and foremost, make sure you are ready to take on this responsibility – you are getting paid to do a job and people will have an opinion about the job you do!  Refereeing is a wonderful opportunity and it is also a tremendous responsibility.  Plus, it's a fun way to earn a little extra spending money!

When can I become a referee?

Under a 2019 rule established by US Soccer, you must be at least 13 years old to be eligible to referee a competitive soccer game.

There is a pathway for 11-12 year olds to certify as a referee for recreational games. Contact the EGSA Director of Referees if interested.

No one younger than 11 is permitted to referee for EGSA.

Do I need to be a soccer player to referee?

No. While a good understanding of the game is necessary to be a competent referee, you do not necessarily need to be a soccer player!

I'm interested in becoming a referee.  How do I get started?

Follow these instructions on the Rhode Island State Referee Committee (RISRC) website.  They explain everything you need to know and how to register for a certification course.  Also, US Youth Soccer has excellent advice for new referees.


What is the cost to become a referee?

The certification course costs about $160. This includes online and in-person training sessions, plus the referee uniform. Additional accessories, such as whistles and watches, cost extra.

- AFTER  you have refereed EGSA games for one year (a minimum of 6 games),  EGSA will reimburse 1/2 of your initial certification fee.

- Each year, the re-certification course & exam costs $70. EGSA reimburses this entire amount with the expectation that you will referee a minimum of 6 EGSA games that year.


Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact the EGSA Director of Referees with any questions you may have. 

EGSA follows the certification requirements for Soccer Rhode Island, The United States Soccer Association and FIFA.