LOSA has always prided itself on following the MYSA and USSF game structure for developing players and referee’s. We are very fortunate to have a Grade 7 USSF Licensed Referee Instructor involved with LOSA. Because of this, we are able to offer an “on the field” mentoring program at no additional charge for all of our referee’s. This mentoring program helps the referee’s become more confident with their capabilities, works with them hands on to better understand the laws of the game, and to prepare them for the next level, should they decide to make that move. All of our referee’s are licensed with the United States Soccer Federation and, because of that, are capable of refereeing any sanctioned USSF Soccer Game, should that games assignor feel they are capable. Yes, they can even referee at the Show Me State Games! LOSA referees are a paid position.
If you do not know anything about the game of soccer, but would still like to help out, then this is a program that you should strongly consider! There is no experience required to sign up for this certification class!
There is a cost up front, and LOSA tries to help out any person that would like to be a referee, but just does not have the funds available for the upfront cost of the class and the gear. So please, don’t let the cost deter you from registering yourself or your child. If this is something that you need in order to sign up, please contact us via the homepage email contact and we will do what we can to help you/your child become registered for the referee class.
How to become a registered USSF Referee
USSF Certification for all USSF-Affiliated Youth and Amateur Games
All United States Soccer Federation (USSF) affiliates require that all referees be registered by the USSF. In order to register a referee must be qualified. Normally this means taking a USSF referee training course conducted by a qualified USSF Referee Instructor. While there is no minimum age to attend referee training, the test is written at the 7th grade reading level. LOSA requires all referees to be at least 12 years old.
The Missouri Referee Development Program (MRDP) offers both USSF Grade 8 Referee and Grade 9 Recreational Referee clinics through the four MRDP Districts, which mirror the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) districts. Normally these scheduled entry level clinics are posted by district on the MRDP Sign up page at (http://mrdp.gameofficials.net). Any interested person may attend any posted clinic anywhere within Missouri to meet the requirement. After clinic completion, and in order to be assigned any youth games, a background check is also required.
USSF Grade 8 Referee – The USSF Grade 8 Referee may officiate games as a Referee or Assistant Referee in all youth games, as well Assistant Referee in higher comparable games. The Grade 8 clinic consists of a total of sixteen (16) hours of instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, that includes a passing 75%+ score on the written test after the course, candidates may register as Grade 8 Referees with the United States Soccer Federation for the current USSF Fee. Currently (2013) the Grade 8 registration fee is $75.00. More information at www.cdsoccer.org
To find or contact your District Referee Administrator, go HERE. This map links each county to the appropriate DRA.
The home page for the Missouri Referee Development Program is http://mrdp.org/
REGISTER TODAY FOR A CLASS: HERE