Prospective Referee Information


Refereeing with Arlington Soccer Association is an excellent way to get introduced to refereeing in an environment focused on development and learning. Become an expert at rules of the game, get some exercise, give back to the soccer community, develop confidence and leadership skills, and make some money! If you are interested in becoming an Arlington Soccer referee, we want to hear from you!

Are you an adult with a USSF8/Grassroots licence? Please contact Tarey Houston, our referee assignor for 7th grade and higher games. Tarey can be reached at

Are you a youth/teen referee with a USSF8/Grassroots licence? Please write to Arlington Soccer Referees at and ask how you can be added to our roster of youth referees to CR 2nd-6th grade games. You should also contact Tarey Houston if you would like to ref games for older players.

Are you a youth/teen in 8th grade or higher WITHOUT a USSF8/Grassroots licence?

You have two options.

OPTION ONE: (free) Before each season we train a limited number of youth referees to ref 2nd grade games. These games pay $16 each. Please sign up now to be contacted when this free training is next offered. 

OPTION TWO: ($80) At any time you can register to take the USSF8/Grassroots course -- the instructions are below. Once you are a USSF8/Grassroots-certified referee, if you do ten Arlington Soccer games directly with us in one season, we will refund you the cost of the training! (Games refereed with Tarey Houston do not count, unfortunately.)

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Are you interested in becoming a new soccer referee?

Are you at least 13 years old?

The process for becoming a new grassroots referee has changed because of COVID restrictions.

To become a new referee, you must do the following:

1. Register with the state referee program;

2. Complete the online modules;

3. Transfer into a four-hour on-field training clinic.

Once you meet all of the above-mentioned requirements, you will receive a 2021 referee badge and be eligible to referee or assistant referee games until December 2021 (at which time you will need to either recertify or upgrade).

Let’s get started!!

To register, do the following:

1. Go to

**This is the state referee program registration tool.

2. Click on “New Member Registration.”

3. Complete the registration form.

NOTE: Once you have registered as a grassroots referee (please note your User ID and Password for future reference).

4. Register for the “Referee- Grassroots Entry – First Step – Online Lessons” clinic.

5. Pay the $80.00 fee (which covers both the online registration fee and the on-field clinic).

When registering, remember to use an e-mail address that you check regularly since all correspondence regarding the class will be sent to you via email. Also, after registering, please regularly check your SPAM mailbox to ensure that you are receiving emails from VADCSoccerRef.

You will be able to select any on-field training session you want. However, you must compete your online lessons before attend the on-field training.


  • Check this webpage often as new classes will continue to be added throughout the year.
  • You can register to attend any referee class listed that fits your schedule best.
  • You will be required to re-certify as a referee each new year.