How to Become a USSF Certified Soccer Referee

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. Whether for a young person learning responsibility or an adult contributing to the sport, referee training and development is the primary mission of the Florida State Referees, Inc. (FSR). To this end, FSR has established a process to ensure that every person who wishes to become a referee is afforded the opportunity to become registered and certified soccer referee with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course is the most popular course for all ages. This eighteen (18) hour USSF national course offers complete basic instruction and prepares an individual to become a USSF Soccer Referee. FSR, as a national leader in developing referee instructional programs, understands and supports the importance of "distance or online education" as pioneered by higher educational institutions. As a result FSR has separated this course into a reduced ten (10) hour classroom participation with the balance of eight (8) hours in online educational modules which may be completed by individual students at their home and at their pace and time. FSR requires that the online instructional modules be completed prior to the classroom instruction since failure to do so will most definitely adversely affect the successful negotiation of the final test for this Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course by the individual student. Satisfactory completion of the online modules, the classroom attendance and the final test, will prepare the student for registration and certification as a USSF Soccer Referee Grade 8.


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