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Getting Started as a New Referee

Update - June 2019

The information below describes the process of becoming a soccer referee in Oklahoma through Spring 2019. Beginning this fall, the US Soccer Referee Development Program is rolling out new referee education and registration process. Once we have the final details on the new programs, we'll begin updating the process for Oklahoma. New Referee courses will begin again in early August, 2019. We hope to begin scheduling New Referee courses by the end of June.



How to Become a Soccer Referee in Oklahoma 

Every year the demand for soccer referees grows. While it's great to bolster our numbers with more youth referees, as more and more kids play deeper into their high school and college years, and then go on to play amateur soccer, the need for adult referees is stronger than ever.


Grade 9 Small-Sided Recreational Referee Course


This is the first course to take to become a soccer referee in Oklahoma. It is divided into three components. The first is a series of interactive videos from US Soccer covering the Laws of the Game. Each video ends with a short multiple-choice Q&A. (TIP: Most of the final test questions come from the online Q&A).


US Soccer Grade 9 Referee Course Modules


Then each new referee candidate will attend two in-person sessions. The sessions are three hours each both must be attended in their entirety. They are usually held on Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and then 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM or held on back-to-back weeknights from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. At the conclusion of the second in-person session will be a 50 question multiple-choice test. A score of 40 or more correct answers is required to pass the course.


After successfully completing the Grade 9 course, the new referee will be approved in Oklahoma as a referee and/or assistant referee on all 4v4 and 7v7 games and all recreational games up to 14U. All new referee candidates must be 12 years or older at the time of the course.


Most referee courses are offered in August and February, before the main fall and spring seasons, respectively, though there will be a small amount of classes every month except May, June and July. You can find a list of scheduled referee classes below. The classes are scheduled by club request, so if you don't see anything in your area talk to your club's board members to ask if they have plans to schedule a class in the near future.




I completed the Grade 9 Referee Course. What now?

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