Essex County Youth Soccer Association

Becoming A Referee

Who Can Become A Referee

Answer: Anyone 14 years of age or older with a passion for the game of soccer. Men, women, high school aged boys and girls are all potential candidates for becoming a referee.

How Do I Get Started

Step 1: Create an account on the web site for the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (

        While you're there, peruse the site to find out more about what MSRC does.

Step 2: Enroll in a Referee Grade 8 Entry Level course.

        Referees with a Grade 8 certification are able to work youth and some adult league matches and tournaments. Grade 8 referees make up approximately 90% of the total referee population in the state of Massachusetts.

Step 3: Do your course pre-work prior to attending the Entry Level course.

        The Grade 8 Entry Level course pre-work is done on-line, so you will need access to a computer.

Step 4: Attend the course!

        At the completion of the course, you will have achieved a grade 8 certification!

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