How to become a soccer referee and work with PSRA
New referees begin as a "Grassroots Referee". In order to certify as a first time Grassroots Referee, you must meet the following eligibility standards:
- 13 years or older
- Complete four (4) assignments in the US Soccer Learning Center
- Attend an in-person field session
- If over the age of 18, complete an NCSI background check.
REGISTER AT US SOCCER LEARNING CENTER (Link)
UPDATE - June 2020:
Because of the public health emergency, Cal North Referee Association (CNRA) has been authorized to temporarily provide the field sessions via webinar. While there is no substitute for hands-on training, for the time being referees who complete their registration by attending the digital field session will be certified and ready to go when games resume.
* Actual field sessions will be tentatively scheduled once again in August if public health orders allow, more information TBA, but until then please take the online coursework at the above link.
Field session webinars will be on held on Thursdays at 7pm. The link to register for the field session webinar is at the bottom of the US Soccer Learning Center page link (If you've already completed the online coursework through the previous link, you can register for the field session webinar here).
Once all coursework is completed, new referees will receive an email with a list of all current assignors and the clubs they assign for. In addition, Pleasanton Soccer Referee Association (PSRA) will provide further training and mentoring opportunities for new referees games resume.
Once you have completed all of the requirements through the learning center, including the field session, you will need to obtain your online certificate. This proves you are a licensed US Soccer referee and are ready to begin to work matches.
After obtaining your certificate, the next step is to setup an online account to work with local assignors in Pleasanton. We use a system called GameOfficials to manage, assign and pay our referees. You can create your GameOfficials account here.
PSRA uses Group Code 1229 and the Access Code is "psra".
Are you all set with your GameOfficials account? If so, email us to introduce yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will activate you for assignment and ask you to read our guide for new referees and our guide for how to use GameOfficials to self assign matches.
If you have any further questions about becoming a referee with PSRA, please email Carlos Castañeda email@example.com or call/text him at 925-209-5212.