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Click the link below to view the "Getting Started" presentation from the Grade 8 Competitive Youth Referee class


Requirements and Classes


Grade 8 Competitive Youth Refere

​ 2017 Winter Class schedule

​Classes are now OPEN for Registration


18422 Saturday February 25 Cherry Hill
18423 Saturday March 4 Edison
18424 Sunday March 19 Edison
18425 Saturday March 25 Budd Lake
18426 Sunday March 26 Eatontown





Grade 8 Referee: Competitive Youth Games

 Requirements and Information


This Grade 8 Referee class is to certify referees for the competitive youth game.  Grade 8 referees may officiate both recreational and competitive "travel" soccer games.  The Grade 9 course is not required before taking the Grade 8.

A minimum of 20 people must register for a class to be held.

Must be 16 yrs of age the day of the class (if you will turn 16 yrs of age on or just prior to the date of the classroom session, you will need to contact the referee office to register: )

All referees 18yrs of age or older will submit to a background check, this is part of the registration process

Class fee: $160.00 fee includes USSF registration, classroom fee and Referee Starter kit .  More information will be provided at the class on how to order etc. 

If you do not complete all the pre-requsite training, do not bring certificates to the class or for any other reason you do not or cannot attend, you will be refunded only the uniform and USSF registration costs, $90. The class fee of $65 plus a $5 administrative charge is nonrefundable.  Your registration for the class demonstrates your agreement and understanding of this policy.


1) Register and pay for a course: Click here for REGISTRATION

Read and understand the refund policy before you register

2) Complete the online training: Click here for access to online training,   GRADE 8 ENTRY LEVEL ONLINE TRAINING

The online training consists of 18 modules

You will be prompted to input your name, state, email address and course number for each module

When you complete each module you will receive a Certificate of Completion

You can immediately print the certificate and it will also be emailed to you, if you do not get the Certificate you have done something wrong

You MUST print and bring all 18 with you to the class, if you do not bring them you will not be permitted to attend the class.


3) Attend the class and pass the in class exam, minimum score of 80%




Information on How to Become A Referee


The New Jersey State Referee Committee (NJSRC) administrates classes which certify and register successful attendees to become a USSF referee. The USSF has a referee grading system which specifies what level games the referee may officiate. In New Jersey you may become a new referee at either the Grade 9 or Grade 8 level.
United States Soccer Federation Referee Grades
The USSF currently has 14 referee grades:
  • Grade 16 – Emeritus State Referee
  • Grade 15 – Emeritus State Referee
  • Grade 14 – Emeritus National Referee
  • Grade 13 – Emeritus Professional Referee
  • Grade 12 – Assistant Referee
  • Grade 9 – Recreational Referee
  • Grade 8 – Competitive Youth Referee
  • Grade 7 – Adult Ameteur Referee
  • Grade 6 – State Referee
  • Grade 5 – State Referee
  • Grade 4 – National Referee
  • Grade 3 – Professional Referee
  • Grade 2 – FIFA Assistant Referee
  • Grade 1 – FIFA Referee
GRADE 9 Recreational Referee Requirements and Information
This class is geared toward the youth referee who wants to start officiating recreational games as well as working as an assistant referee for compettitve travel games up to U14. 
1.     Minimum 14 years of age on the day of the class
2.     Can only be a referee for  RECREATIONAL soccer games and an Assistant Referee for Competitve Youth games up to U14
3.     Cannot be a REFEREE for  travel games, only an assistant referee up to U14
4.     Must attend a one day classroom session in its entirety
5.     Pass a 50 question multiple choice classroom exam with a score of at least 80%
6.     Click HERE for additional information





Sunday January 22

18786 Saturday January 28 Sayerville
17637 Saturday February 11 Succasunna


Saturday March 18

Lake Hopatcong/Jefferson

























Class fee: $60.00
No full refunds are given.  If you cannot attend the class for any reason, you will be refunded only the USSF registration cost less a $5 administrative charge.  Your class fee and administrative charge is non-refundable.  Your registration for the class demonstrates your agreement and understanding of this policy.
Click here for class AGENDA
Grade 9 classes are scheduled at the request of a hosting soccer club. Clubs must be affiliated with the USSF.  Clubs interested in hosting a Grade 9 class should refer to the information at this link: Information and How to Request a Grade 9 Class for Your Club

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