Become a USSF Certified Soccer Referee

Becoming a USSF Certified Soccer Referee

* Note: In order to work for the WYSL, you must have a social security number. If you do not, then we can not pay you. There are no exceptions.


We are starting our summertime courses later than usual as a result of an overhaul by the USSF.  For example the entry grade levels, 9, and 8.... are no longer, and now just classified as “grassroots referee.”  Half the course (4 hours) is online, and half in the classroom  (another 4 hours) and an on-field (an additional hour) session.

Anyone interested should start now by beginning with the online component, accessed HERE

where you will register and create a profile, for New Refs, get to the Assignments tab, and print the certificate upon completion.

For further information on in-person courses, additional requirements, fees, go to under Becoming a Referee.  Questions should be addressed to


Additional Information:

You will be given necessary referee uniform and equipment:  2 shirts, shorts, stockings, whistle, line flags, yellow/red card data wallet and carrying bag.

Referees become members of the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization where they attend clinics, discuss experiences, get mentored, etc.


One must be 14 years of age to referee in New York State. The Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL) only assigns (center) referees 15 years and older. But 14 year-olds will find plenty of assignments as Assistant Referees (line), in recreation leagues and for US Club Soccer leagues and tournaments which we assign. The ref must be two years older than the teams he or she is reffing. 

The pay is terrific, especially as refs usually do 2 or 3 games at a time.  And you select games when you are available.   WOW---see the money at: