Refereeing is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, earn money and have fun! The criteria to become a referee is dependent on age – there’s one set of criteria for thirteen year olds and another for those that are fourteen and older:
Thirteen Year olds - Requirements and Information:
Thirteen year olds are eligible to referee 2nd grade in-town soccer games. These games are typically held on Sunday’s. There is one ref per game.
- For the spring soccer season which begins in April, you must be 13 years old by March 31st. For the Fall soccer season, which begins in September, you must be 13 years old by August 31st. Some prior soccer knowledge is preferred but not required.
- New referees must attend a pre-season training meeting. Meetings are approximately 2 hours and are led by experienced referees.
- Returning 13 year olds must attend a 30 minute meeting prior to the start of the season to review the upcoming season. Attending the new referee training meeting is optional.
- Before you attend the referee meeting, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. The Referee Coordinator will input your information into our Referee Scheduler Program called Assignr.com.
- You will receive an email from Assignr.com. The email will contain your username for Assignr.com. Please login and create a password. Upon completion, click the Profile Tab, provide a mobile number and confirm your email address. Each profile can have multiple emails if desired. The only people who can see the information in the profiles are our referee schedulers.
- Once a 13 year old has refed 5 games, they are eligible to ref as an Assistant Referees (AR) for 5th Grade games, based on mentor recommendations.
Fourteen Years and older - Requirements and Information:
People who are fourteen years old and older who are certified, are eligible to referee BAYS travel soccer games. These games are held on Saturday’s. There is one to three refs per game depending on the grade of the players.
- To become a certified referee, an entry level Grade 8 Referee Badge which is issued by the Massachusetts State Referee Committee must be obtained. Click the requirements here to learn about the courses that must be taken to obtain a badge/certification: https://www.massref.net/Central/pop-up-course.cfm?Course=4732
- Recertification of the Grade 8 Badge is required annually.
- Courses are typically held in the summer and winter during the off-season at multiple locations across the state. Natick and Westborough are the closest course sites and are typically held in a hotel conference room.
- There is a $115 initial certification fee. Sudbury Youth Soccer will reimburse this initial fee but does not reimburse the annual recertification fee. The recertification fee is $50-$60.
- Once the course has been successfully completed and if you are new to Sudbury Youth Soccer’s referee program, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. The Referee Coordinator will input your information into our Referee Scheduler Program called Assignr.com. If you’ve refereed for Sudbury Youth Soccer previously, there is no need to fill out the form again.
- Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email from Assignr.com. The email will contain your username forAssignr.com. Please log into the program and create a password. Upon completion, click the Profile Tab, provide a mobile number and confirm your email address. Each profile can have multiple emails if desired. The only people who can see the information in the profiles are our referee schedulers.
- Or, if you prefer, you can register as a Referee on the BAYS website.