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NASC referees needed!

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. Whether for a young person learning responsibility or an adult contributing to the sport, referees are a critical part of the game and crucial to the success of the NASC. 

 

Recruiting, developing, and retaining referees is vital to our long-term success and a strategic priority for our club. We support our referees with local courses, continuing education opportunities and a competitive pay scale. What other opportunity allows you to be more involved with the game you love and get paid to do it?  

 

Refereeing is a great way to learn the concepts of respect and responsibility and give back to the community.  It is also a great way for current players and coaches to see the game from a different perspective which provides a competitive advantage.  Refereeing lets you continue your involvement with the sport well past your playing days.  What other “job” pays you to watch the sport you love and get some great outdoor exercise at the same time?

 

Complete the appropriate Google Form to signup for our referee programs: 

(In-House) 

(Travel) 

Please email questions to our Director of Referees, Nate Smith, and our Referee Assignor, Greg Tobias, at [email protected]


In-house Refs:

Our club wants to provide a great soccer experience for all ages. A big part of this for our younger players U10 is the opportunity to learn rules of the game from referees. You must be 12 or older to apply to become an in-house referee. Individuals 18 and older must submit proper clearances and complete the safe sport training modules. In-house referees are not certified by USSF but are trained by our club in the laws of the game and how to teach the rules to the younger players in the content of Saturday in-house games. 

 

The club will provide an overview of the laws of the game and host a day of training for our in-house referee program on Wednesday September 1st from 6PM- 8PM This will be a 2 hour training session for our in-house referees candidates.  We will meet @ Linbrook Park (Linbrook Park Dr, Sewickley, PA 15143).

 

We encourage the referee candidates to bring their whistle & flags to the session (if you have them) .  If you do not have them yet, it is not a problem, but we will cover mechanics of flag signaling during the session. All referee candidates must wear a mask to the training.

 

TRAINING AGENDA

- Welcome / Intro / Logistics

- Laws of the Game

- PA West Youth rule adoptions (build-out line, 7v7, etc.)

- Mechanics & Positioning

- Referee Expectations (equipment, professionalism, respect, community/mentoring, etc.)

 

Many of these in-house referees will go on to gain full certification once complete the required training.

 

Certified USSF Refs (Travel)

The Entry Level Referee course offers instruction to prepare an individual to become a USSF Soccer Referee. The course consists of online lessons, an online exam, and an in-person training session.

Full details on the process for becoming a Referee can be found here: www.wparef.com/become-a-referee

You must create an account on Game Officials at https://wparefs.gameofficials.net/ and then register for a course. Follow the directions listed at www.wparef.com/become-a-referee/#section5. Be sure to list an active email address as your instructor will communicate with you using the email address you list.

 

Step 1: Complete the online modules for New Grassroots Referee Course (which is now open)

The online course modules and exam will take you approximately 4-6 total hours which can be completed over multiple sessions. Your progress will be saved as you take the course, and you can leave and return to this online course at any time. ALL online materials AND the test MUST be completed before attending in-person sessions.

 

Step 2: Obtain your background clearances, Safe-Sport and Work permit if applicable

While waiting to attend the in-person portion of the course, you may begin collecting the required appropriate PA and USSF clearances. Please send copies of clearances and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Peggy Neason, SRA at 82 Lookout Ave, Monongahela, PA 15063 (she will use it to mail your badge to you at the end). Only the paid or “employee” clearances will be accepted. “Volunteer” clearances cannot be accepted. For more information and instructions visit www.wparef.com/become-a-referee/#section3

 

Step 3: Attend an in-person field training session / Payment

  1. https://wparefs.gameofficials.net. These will begin in late winter or early spring (depending on the COVID-19 pandemic), hopefully before the playing season.

  2. In-person instruction sessions will consist of referee mechanics, communication tactics, positioning, game scenarios, and much more. The session will last 4-5 hours.

  3. This program costs approximately $100 and will be required before attending in-person training. NO PAYMENT will be accepted at the time of in-person training.

  4. Other costs not charged by WPA-SRC include background clearances ($44) and uniform kit (costs and sources vary).

    1. The minimum uniform consists of black shoes (running, cleats, turf all ok), black shorts, referee socks, yellow referee jersey (jersey and/or shorts must have pockets), a wristwatch with chronograph (no track style stopwatches), hand or finger whistle (no neck lanyards), pen or pencil, notepaper, yellow and red cards, pair of Assistant Referee flags.

    2. Additional uniform info here: www.wparef.com/become-a-referee/#section6

Because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the WPA SRC decision concerning in-person sessions will be made based on the safety protocols as well as local and state health department requirements.

Step 4: Send Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to Peggy Neason, SRA

Upon completion of the above steps, you will then be a licensed U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee and certified to officiate USSF-affiliated, grassroots games (youth and adult competitions) in small-sided 7 v 7, 9 v 9, and/or 11 v 11 venues. Please send SASE to Peggy Neason, SRA so that she may mail you your badge. https://www.wparef.com/become-a-referee/


 

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