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Memorandum: 2010 National Referee Candidates

To: State Referees
State Referee Administrators
From: Paul Tamberino
Director of Referee Development
Re: 2010 National Referee Candidates
Date: October 31, 2008

All grade 5 referees who would like to obtain National Referee Certification in 2010 must file a Declaration of Candidacy Form to announce their intention. The form must be completed by the referee and signed by the SRA. The form can be submitted to the National Office any time between December 1 and December 30, 2008.

  • Candidates must have a State 1 grade date of January 1, 2008 or earlier to be eligible.
  • Candidates must attain the age of 23 before January 1, 2010.
  • Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Proof of a candidate’s residency status must be sent with the declaration form.
  • Proof of residency status can be a U.S. Birth Certificates, copies of naturalization papers and/ or a copy of a permanent resident card (Referees who are being interviewed for a change in status are not eligible. Referees here on student visas are not eligible. For other categories, check with our office).

Candidates must attend a scheduled U.S. Soccer Referee Training Seminar and pass the physical fitness test at the training seminar to qualify for professional league assignments. The schedule of training seminars is posted on the U.S. Soccer website:  

Assessments to be counted for upgrade must be done between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. Candidates are required to obtain 5 assessments at the designated level – 3 centers and 2 lines. One center assessment must be done by a designated Referee Inspector. Please note that the list of designated Referee Inspectors may change at certain times during the year. Be sure to check it periodically while you are working on your assessments. (If you are assessed by someone posted on this list and later find that the list has changed, your assessment will still count.) Obtaining an assessment by one of the designated Referee Inspectors is the responsibility of the candidate and will require advance planning.

This list can be found at

The names of candidates will be posted on the web along with a notation about the status of the application. Inclusion on the list of National Candidates posted on the web page does not guarantee assignment to any particular level. Assignments are always based on ability and availability.

For a full description of the criteria for becoming a National Referee, please see the Referee Administrative Handbook.