Want to be a soccer referee?

Check out the Iowa Referee Committee’s website to find out when the next soccer referee clinic is scheduled.

Entry Level class coming up August 5-6, 2011 plus many other classes on the IRC calendar. Register at www.iowareferees.org

A free recertification clinic for current referees and on-field training for new referees is scheduled for August 21 at Soccer South fields. Register at the IRC web site. There is no cost for this class and this is open to coaches and parents that want to learn more about the game and playing rules.

The fall 2011 season start date is September 10-11.

Requirements for a certified referee:

 * Anyone age 12 and older (does not have to be a soccer player)



* Attend Entry Level Referee Clinic before the start of the season you want to start refereeing. The clinic is a 12-16 hour course, over two days. You must attend the class and pass a 100-question multiple-choice exam (75% correct is needed to pass). The cost of the course is $40.00. Current dates and locations for clinics can be found at www.iowareferee.org by clinking on the “clinic” link.


* Physically fit, emotionally mature, have time available to referee games, ability to make and keep commitments.

* Uniform: Official Referee uniform with current referee patch. Uniform kits are available from Soccer Connections or Scheels or at various online sources.

* Responsibilities: Referee and Assistant Referee U10 and above home games as assigned by the club referee assignor.

* Benefits: Learn the rule and regulations of soccer making you a better player or spectator. Younger referees develop character and confidence and responsibility. Show support for the club. Earn money!

Keep On Learning

Once you’ve become a certified referee, you have to re-certify annually to maintain the right to officiate soccer games. There are three ways to do this: 1.) pass an online rules test (this year it was posted in December and you had to get 45 out of 50 questions correct to pass), 2.) attend a four-hour recertification class and successfully pass the written rules test at the end (usually in the late fall) or 3.) attend four meetings of your local soccer officials association. In central Iowa, that’s the Mid-Iowa Soccer Officials Association (MISOA), which meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Des Moines University (3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA). The exception to that is April and May when the meetings are moved to the 3rd Wednesday because of high school games on Mondays. Attending meetings is a lot easier than passing the online test and it’s a lot more flexible than trying to make it to one of the re-certifcation clinics. The best reason to go to meetings, however, is the opportunity to learn from other officials, ask questions and get connected to other refs you may meet at tournaments and games outside of Carlisle. If you’d like to go to a MISOA meeting, contact another Carlisle ref and make a carpool out of it!

Learn more about MISOA at the website.

Carlisle referees, check back here to link to the online scheduling calendar.