Refereeing with ASA

Refereeing within ASA is an excellent way for new and prospective referees to get introduced to refereeing in an environment which is focused on development and learning. Refereeing within ASA has many benefits, including understanding the rules of the game better, getting some exercise, giving back to the soccer community, developing confidence and leadership skills, and making some money! If you are interested in becoming an ASA referee, please continue reading below.

If you are an adult seeking referee training, please visit for registration and class information.

If you are already a current ASA youth referee, please follow this link

Becoming a Referee

  • The Arlington Soccer Association invites all Arlington/Falls Church, VA area youths who want to referee games to attend an ASA Referee class.
  • ASA Youth Referee Certification classes are held twice a year — before the spring and fall seasons. Referees must complete two 2 1/2 hour classroom sessions and a field practice in order to referee ASA recreational games for 2nd through 6th grade players. This is not a USSF 8 course, and is free!
  • You are especially welcome if you have taken the USSF 8 or 9 course – you will be promoted quickly and receive $4 bonus for each game refereed. However, please consider taking this corse as well as we teach our locals rules, which can be different than the FIFA laws of the game. Course also focuses on how to referee, how to manage players (and coaches), and how to be a leader on the field.
  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 19.
  • If you are already an adult USSF grade 8 referee of higher, and want to referee:

Registration for Referee Classes

To Register for the spring, 2018, courses please express your interest by completing the following form. Remember you should be 14 years old by the start of the following season.

Demand is very high so registration may not guarantee attendance in earliest class—there are typically 2 classes per season, before the games begin and about halfway through the season, and class placement is done on seniority of registration and age seniority.

If you register, please remember we all have many activities but this is once-a-season training that launches on a career that can earn you over $1000 in school, builds confidence and responsibility, and can start lifetime of professional activity, so please make sure you are dedicated and ready for training even if it means missing a soccer practice.  Being a referee is an important job, and your coaches have been told it is an ASA priority activity.

Once confirmed as registered in the class, you then need to bring the following materials with you to class with pencil/pen/paper:

You must also study the FIFA Laws of the Game before you come to class.  This should take 2-5 hours depending on your desire and previous knowledge or experience.

ASA classes are only for Arlington and Falls Church VA youth, not adults.

USSF Grade 8
ASA arranges USSF8 New Referee and Recertification courses for each season in Arlington, a higher qualification that will increase your pay as ASA Ref by $4 per game.  All current prospective ASA referees or adults viewing this page are encouraged to take that course if you want to become a referee.   Please take the USSF8 course if you can — go to to learn about registration and courses that will be held in Arlington and elsewhere in Northern Virginia in the coming months.

Questions? Please email Charles Corry (Rec Ref Assigner) at

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