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Grade 6 and 5 Recertification Requirements

Calendar Confusion

Many referees seem to be confused by the timeline of when requirements need to be met. The US Soccer calendar does not run from January 1st to December 31st, but rather July 1st to June 30th instead. These dates are set by US Soccer, not the State Referee Committee (SRC).

For 2019 State and National referees, this means they need to fulfill their assessment, instructional, fitness and LOTG test requirements between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

If a grade 5 or 6 State referee met their requirements between these dates, on July 1st the SRA would register the referee as a 2020 Regional Referee. On July 1, 2019 the clock starts again for the referee and they would need to meet the Regional Referee recertification requirements by June 30, 2020. The recertification requirements for Regional Referee have not yet been finalized. See 2020 USSF Grades Presentation for proposed changes.

Hypothetically, a current grade 6 or 5 State referee could have met all maintenance requirements by July 3, 2018. The only restriction a referee has is not going more than one official assessment per day.

Below is an example of how Grade 6 State referee John Doe completed the recertification requirements:

  • July 1, 2018 – Men’s referee fitness test in the AM. NPSL amateur center assessment in the PM
  • July 2, 2018 – State Laws of the Game test in the AM. Caribbean League amateur AR assessment in the PM.
  • July 3, 2018 – Advanced recertification course for instruction in AM. U17 DA center assessment in PM.

Assuming all the assessments were passed, this referee completed their 2020 recertification requirements by July 3, 2018. If you have not yet met your recertification or upgrade requirements, please review your assessment log and go back to July 1, 2018 as your starting point. Many of you have probably already completed your requirements or are much closer to doing so than originally thought.

Assessment Requirements

The minimum passing score for maintenance or upgrade assessments is 70. If any assessment is failed (69 or below), one passing assessment is required to offset each failing assessment. The State Referee Committee provides three assessments covered by your initial registration fees. Makeup assessments that are needed to offset a failing assessment will cost $75.00 per assessment. Payment to be made to Georgia Soccer before additional assessments can be scheduled.

If you are currently a Grade 6 or Grade 5, meeting the following assessment requirements will ensure you are grandfathered in as a Regional Referee in 2020 (assuming you also meet fitness test, instructional and Laws of the Game test requirements).

It is the goal of the State Referee Committee (SRC) to have all NPSL and USL2 (formerly PDL) matches in Georgia assessed.

Assessors should be providing the referee crew with the written assessment feedback in a PDF format within 14 days. If you have not received your assessment in PDF via email within 14 days of the match, email the assessor and copy (CC) both the SRA and SDA.

Out-of-State Assessments: must be approved by the SDA before the match. Email for approval.

Video Assessments: Referees wishing to utilize video assessments must have approval of the SDA before the match. Email for approval and include in the comments of the assessment request form. Video assessment requests made post-match will not be accepted. Video quality as well as inclusion of the ARs must meet the standard of the assessor assigned to the match.

Grade 6 - Maintenance: If you are registered as a Grade 6 in 2019 the assessment requirements are two centers and one AR. One of the assessments may be on a 17U-19U youth match (DA, ECNL, Classic I, etc.). The other two must be on amateur matches. All matches must be 11v11 90-minute matches. Per the USSF document, assessments and all other requirements need to be completed by June 30, 2019 to recertify in 2020 (as a Regional Referee).

Grade 6 - Upgrading: For those that took the Grade 6 upgrade course in September 2018, your assessment requirements are the same as above.  

Grade 5 - Maintenance: three center referee assessments done by three different National Coaches; per the USSF document, assessments and all other requirements need to be completed by June 30, 2019 to recertify in 2020 (as Regional Referee).

Grade 5 - Upgrade: Any current 2019 Grade 6 state referees that have started or desire to upgrade to Grade 5, and believe they meet the requirements as noted in the USSF document, must notify both the SRA and SDA in writing via email. Assessment requirements will be same as above.

For any questions about assessments, contact the State Director of Assessment, Patrick Baker.

Instructional Requirements

Per USSF, these are at the discretion of the SRC. One of the following courses or events would qualify:

  • Youth or Amateur Regionals Summer 2018 or 2019
  • US Soccer Development Academy Events Summer 2018 through Summer 2019
  • GA Soccer Advanced Recertification course at Northgate HS July 2018
  • GA Soccer 6 Upgrade course September 2018

For any other events where instruction was provided, and you feel should count email the SRA for approval.

Minimum Fitness Test Requirements and Laws of the Game (LOTG) Test

  • Grade 6 - 150/50 interval test 45/45 splits; State LOTG test

  • Grade 5 – Women’s FIFA Referee Category 1; National LOTG test

Confirming Requirements Met

It is the individual responsibility of all referees to keep track of when they have met their own upgrade or maintenance requirements. When you are sure all requirements have been met:

  • Email both the SRA and SDA the following:
    • PDF files of all assessments (both passing and failing) between the valid dates (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019). The PDF must include the box which indicates upgrade, maintenance, or developmental. This includes assessments completed in other states. Assessors are required to include PDF files when they email your assessment results. Instructions for downloading PDF assessments:
      • ​Log in to US Soccer Game Officials.net and use Identity - Assignment - Officia
      • Click After Games under Personal Info on the upper left. Click Month and start with July 2018. Click Assessment Info for any games that show this as an option. Open in PDF (icon next to View Assmnt) and download the PDF file.
      • Format the file name as follows: Last name, First name, Role (Referee or AR) and the date of the match.
      • Repeat this process for all assessments from July 2018 - June 30.
      • Do not submit assessments that are not PDFs or do not follow this format. They must include the box which indicates upgrade, maintenance, or developmental
    • Date of fitness test and which test you passed
    • Date of recertification course attended or qualifying event where instruction was provided
  • When the SRA and SDA have confirmed all requirements have been met, the SRA will notify the referee and process registration within 30 business days.

  • Badges will be distributed at the discretion of the SRC. Do not ask for them to be mailed.

Any Grade 5, Grade 6, or State Referee candidate that does not follow these directions will be certified as a Grassroots Referee in 2020. Please submit as soon as they are accomplished.

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