It doesn’t matter what grade you are in school, if you are a student. USSF (United State Soccer Federation) referees achieve grades from Grassroots (Recreational Referee) to 1 (FIFA Referee). Grassroots referees do the lowest level youth matches while Grade 1 referees are centers on international, MLS, and, potentially, FIFA World Cup matches.
Over 96% of all referees in Southern California are USSF Grassroots referees. If you attended a 2-day classroom training (prior to 2014), or a 4-hour field training session (2014 or later), you are a Grassroots referee. If your certification is current (your badge has the current year on it), you can check your grade by looking yourself up on Cal South’s Registered Officials List here: http://www.calsouth.com/
In order to recertify, you simply pay your $45 to Cal South, pass the quiz and your badge is mailed to you.
Every month, you may obtain one hour of training by attending the monthly meeting of any Cal South registered referee association or Recreational Referee Organization, such as JUSA. JUSA meetings vary in day each month as posted on http://www.jusareferees.org/
There are also online options for obtaining your monthly hours at http://www.refereeinstructiononline.com/
In order to recertify, as long as you have your 5 hours of in-service training, you pay $45 to Cal South and pass the quiz from U.S. Soccer and your badge will be mailed to you.
If you don’t know your username/password, contact Cal South tech support. You will need that username/password every year, so it’s best to remember it.
If you are 18 or over, or as soon as you turn 18, you are required by Cal South to obtain one-time Risk Management/fingerprinting. This connects your Department of Justice records to Cal South in case you are convicted of crimes in the future which would be problematic for those who deal with children.
JUSA cannot allow anyone 18 or over to referee games without completing Risk Management.
If you have any questions about your re-certification or your status as a referee such as grade, number of hours you’ve completed, etc., contact the Referee Education Coordinator & Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.