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  • Grade 5 – State Instructor
  • Grade 7 – Instructor

The State Director of Instruction is responsible for developing an instructor network that meets the needs of the State Referee Association.

2019 registration began July 1, 2018 and will be open until June 30, 2019.  For 2019 requirements, click the link below.



Annually, U.S. Soccer selects and certifies individuals as a grade 3 National Referee Coach.  These referee coaches are utilized to mentor officials at all grade levels which includes instructing courses and providing formal assessments.

The selection process used for this grade is both quantitative and qualitative on an annual basis.  Once selected, the individual must meet a combination of administrative and technical requirements.  

For more information, review the Referee Coach Certification Requirements Grade 3 document.



Properly training officials of all levels is important to the success of the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program.

Courses and clinics are conducted in support of certification requirements. These training events are organized at the discretion of the State Referee Association and are meant to provide a more structured environment where targeted training content can be addressed and discussed in detail.

To this end, U.S. Soccer has developed a training curriculum that emphasizes a targeted approach to preparing officials for specific levels of competition and these standardized training materials should be used by the State Referee Association in the certification process.

Please click on the link below to download the training materials and resources provided by U.S. Soccer.