resources for Referee Coaches

For referee coaches, instructors and assessors

Referee Coach

USSF is in the stages of implementing the position of Referee Coach. A Referee Coach, similar to the National Referee Coach, will be an important role for referee development and will be able to lead educational sessions (i.e. video analysis, field sessions) as well as perform on field evaluation (i.e. developmental and full assessments) that adhere to US Soccer’s education philosophy (reality-based, holistic, and experiential).

Information for Instructors

Instructor Services

As an instructor, you can access instructor services by signing into your personal STSR account. In your Personal Information box on the Home Page, you will see Extended Services. Click in that checkbox to access the Instructor Extended Services screen.  You will then see a screen with clinics assigned to you as the lead instructor.

Instructional material and agendas for all clinics can be found at the STSR Instructor Box site. Instructors MUST check in all clinic attendees using the Check In-Roster. Please note on this roster the Payment Status. If the Status is Check Not PAID, a check MUST be collected at the clinic for this attendee in the amount shown on the Roster.  If they stated it has been mailed, you must still collect the check and tell them the duplicate will be destroyed.  They cannot attend the clinic without paying.  Failure to utilize this procedure will delay the clinic being closed out, will delay your instructor payment, and will delay everyone in the clinic being approved for registration.  If there is someone attending that is not on your roster, you must let them know that if they stay, their attendance will NOT be counted for registration purposes. Checks collected at the clinic must be sent to :

Deepak Lumba, STSR Treasurer

5402 Green Cove Bend Lane

Houston, TX 77041

Referee Clinic Information

Hybrid Entry clinics require that online lessons be completed before the student is transferred by the system into the In-Person clinic that they requested.  Clinic Cutoff dates for these types of clinics must be at least 3 days before the scheduled clinic.  Clinic Registration Cutoff is midnight on the cutoff date.  All Lessons must be complete by 12 PM (noon) two days AFTER Registration cutoff.  Clinic Rosters should ALWAYS be final by 12 noon on the day before the clinic.

In order to get credit for the In-Person portion of the clinic, ALL Online lessons must be completed for the Entry Grade 9 and Entry Grade 8 Hybrid clinics with the exception of the After Clinic Test.  The test may be taken before or after the In-person portion of the clinic, but must be passed with an 80% to be registered.

The Clinic Roster screen contains a Checkbox for PREREQ students that is a list of students that have requested the clinic, but not completed the online lessons. There is a Send Warning Email button at the bottom of this screen. It will send an automated warning message to all on the pre-req list that lessons are not complete and they need to complete them to get into the classroom.  At 12 noon, the day before the clinic, this button will change to SEND TOO LATE EMAIL. This can be done once, and will notify all in the pre-req list that they are not to attend the clinic, but finish their lessons and transfer to another clinic.  We suggest you use these buttons accordingly.

Anyone wishing to get credit for the clinic MUST be on the Roster. If they are not on the roster, they must be informed they may stay at the clinic if there is seating available but may not get credit for the clinic. They must follow up on getting credit with the STSR office after the clinic where analysis shows that a reporting error resulted in not recording the online lesson completion.  Testing is done ONLINE. You must Mark Attendance, Update Attendance. Badges will be mailed by the office for all clinics.

Hybrid Recertification clinics require that online lessons be completed before their Registration is approved. However online lessons do NOT have to be completed before attending the In-Person portion of the clinic.  Testing is done ONLINE. Badges with velcro will be mailed to them by the STSR office. The Scores page must be appropriately updated with Attendance.

Note: Recertification & Upgrade clinics will not be offered until September for the next badge year.

Number of students is the minimum required to hold said clinics:  These minimums assume only one instructor as the basis for the clinic.  If a clinic has such minimums and DDRI wishes to use two instructors, they share/split the total hours for billing and the total hours would be the number of hours the clinic ran.

Hybrid / Fully Online Clinics: (English Only)

  • Entry Level Grade 9 Hybrid:  5 students -- @ 3 hour In-Person Field Session/Clinic *
  • Entry Level Grade 8 Hybrid:  7 students -- @ 4 hour In-Person Field Session/Clinic *
  • Grade 8 Fully Online Recertification: No Minimum
  • Grade 7/Emeritus Fully Online Recertification: No minimum
  • Grade 7/Emeritus Hybrid Recertification: 5 students -- @ 2 hour In-Person Field Session/Clinic
  • Grade 7 upgrade: Fully Online

* In-Person Hybrid Entry clinics run in the same session, a total of 7 required for the sum of the two clinics.

Totally In-Person Clinics: (nothing online)

  • Entry Level Grade 9 English/Spanish:  10 students -- @ 8 hour clinic
  • Entry Level Grade 8 English/Spanish:  20 students -- @ 16 hour clinic
  • Grade 8 Recertification English/Spanish:  10 students -- @ 5 hour clinic
  • Grade 7/Emeritus Recertification English/Spanish:  10 students -- @ 5 hour clinic
  • Grade 7 Upgrade English/Spanish:  10 students -- @ 5 hour clinic

Instructional hours can be no more than clinic hours for clinics under 5 hours in length

Instructional hours can be 1.5X the # of clinic hours for clinics OVER 5 hours in length

In-Person Field Sessions will require a much lower Instructor/Student ratio, therefore new Instructional hour policies will be published for these in the near future.

Multiple Instructor Hours for Clinics

The following guidelines are provided as maximum hours per clinic, based on our average of approximately 20 students per clinic and are at discretion of the DDRIs/ADRIs; if questions, coordinate with SDI.  Note: if a clinic is much larger, these numbers can be increased.

Billing Rates:

  • State Instructors:  $160 for full day; partial days (number of hours * $22.00/hour)
  • Referee Instructors:  $130 for full day; partial days (number of hours * $17.00/hour)
  • Associate Instructors:  $90 for full day; partial days (number of hours * $12.00/hour)
  • Recreational Instructors:  $90 for full day; partial days (number of hours * $12.00/hour)

SDI may approve billing hours above this on a case by case basis.  

The District/Area Director must request the additional expenditure in advance of the expense incurred.

Instructor Mileage Rate:

The mileage rate that can be charged is 58 cents/mile for travel over 50 miles round trip NOT including the first 50 miles - you will need to enter the location of the clinic per google maps.  Toll fees may be charged as well. If the clinic is a full day clinic, lunch may be expensed, with receipts. If the clinic is a two day clinic requiring additional meals and hotel, please pre-arrange this with the SDI.

Instructor Certification/Recertification Information

Instructors that complete the Instructor In-Service clinic may use these hours and Test score for Referee Recertification (Grades 7 and Emeritus) by Registering for the Paper-Only Grade 7/Emeritus Recert clinic for Instructors/Assessors. The clinic is free, but you MUST pay your Referee Registration fee online. Instructors who are currently Grade 8 Referees must upgrade by taking a Grade 7 Upgrade clinic.

Entry Instructor clinics are periodically held. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact the SRA for details and information.

Information for Assessors

Assessor Services

As an assessor, you can access assessor services by signing into your personal STSR account. In your Personal Information box on the Home Page, you will see Extended Services. Click in that checkbox to access the Assessor Extended Services screen.   You will then see a screen with assessments assigned to you.

Assessments can be both formal and informal. Informal assessments, known as development and guidance assessments, are completed using a carbon copy form. These assessments offer general performance feedback and the triplicate form provides a record for the official, assessor and the State Director of Assessment.  Formal assessments are required for grade maintenance and upgrade. These assessments follow specific criteria and must be completed online by the assessor.  All online assessments are completed in the U.S. Soccer Game Officials Assessment System and can be accessed by the official, assessor, State Director of Assessment, State Referee Administrator and the U.S. Soccer Referee Department. To assist in providing feedback for a formal assessment, download the booklet for the FIFA Considerations.

Assessor Services

  • You must be or have been at least a Grade 7 Referee for three (3) years.
  • You must be invited by the SDA to the Entry Level Assessors Clinic.
  • You will become a Provisional Assessor (Grade 8) once you have registered for the clinic, paid the associated fees and successfully completed the Entry Level Assessors Clinic.
  • As a Provisional Grade 8 Assessor you must complete ten (10) Developmental and Guidance assessments on ten different matches. At least five (5) of these must be for the Referee position.
  • Two full assessments, full matches, co-assessed / shadowed with a Grade 7 or above assessor, assigned by the SDA. The assessments entered into the ussoccergameofficials.net, as Developmental. Note: The match assessor in this exercise is the mentor. Assessments must be reviewed and critiqued by the mentor before being input on US Soccer GO and submitted to the referees. This protocol must be strictly observed to assure certification by the SDA as a full Grade 7 Referee Assessor.
  • Have been a Grade 6 State Referee or higher for at least three (3) years.
  • Good standing as a currently registered Grade 7 Assessor or National Referee.
  • Nominated by the SDA to attend the US Soccer held State Assessor Clinic.
  • Attendance and successful completion of the State Assessor Clinic will provide Provisional Assessor Registration as a Grade 6 Assessor.
  • Completion of five (5) full assessments as a Grade 6 Provisional State Assessor, shadowed by a US Soccer appointed National Assessor.

Assessors are required to meet the minimum # of formal assessment requirements to register each year (three developmental assessments equal 1 formal). The State Director of Assessments may provisionally register an assessor who has met all of the other registration requirements except assessment counts based on:

  • Documented Personal or Family Illness
  • Documented conflict with work schedule
  • A commitment that missing assessments will be made up by June 1st of the new Registration year

An Assessor shall not be granted Provisional Registration status for two successive registration years. An Assessor Not granted Provisional Registration status, or that was last registered provisionally and again has not met the Assessment count requirements, will not be registered as an assessor until they have been invited to and successfully completed the Entry Assessors clinic when it is offered.

Assessor Recertification Information

As per USSF Guidelines:

  • Successful completion of the State In-Service clinic including the State and National Referee test.
  • Completion of a minimum of five (5) full assessments during the previous 12 months. (see provisional registration)
  • Three Developmental and Guidance Assessments will count as one full assessment in meeting the above requirement.

As per USSF Guidelines:

  • Have been a Grade 6 State Referee or higher for at least three (3) years.
  • Good standing as a currently registered Grade 7 Assessor or National Referee.
  • Nominated by the SDA to attend the US Soccer held State Assessor Clinic.
  • Attendance and successful completion of the State Assessor Clinic will provide Provisional Assessor Registration as a Grade 6 Assessor.
  • Completion of five (5) full assessments as a Grade 6 Provisional State Assessor, shadowed by a US Soccer appointed National Assessor.

Assessors that complete the Instructor In-Service clinic may use these hours and Test score for Referee Recertification (Grades 7 and Emeritus) by Registering for the Paper-Only Grade 7/Emeritus Recert clinic for Instructors/Assessors. The clinic is free, but you MUST pay your Referee Registration fee online.