FAQs

FAQs

Who must recertify?
A: Every ENYSRA referee certified and registered with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) must recertify every year, regardless of grade. 
When must I Recertify?
A: Recertification classes typically are offered between October of one year to the March of the recertification year (Classes are scheduled during times of lessor soccer activity and during major holiday weekends to enable students, who are away at college, to attend. You can attend any Clinic on the schedule.
The USSF Registration Year runs January 1 to December 31. Registration for a recertification year closes on June 30th of that year. It is not possible to be certified for a year on or after July 1.
Can I stay for part of the Recertification Clinic and still be recertified?
A: No. Plan your schedule accordingly. You will not be recertified until all of the requirements have been met.
When should I register to become a referee?
A: You can start the registration process anytime during the year. It all depends on when you, as an individual will have the time to officiate. Understanding the registration period and the time frame that your certification is valid to is key.  Below is an example of the 2022 Referee Registration Year Calendar.
REGISTRATION YEARREGISTRATION PERIOD OPENSREGISTRATION PERIOD CLOSESCERTIFICATION VALID FROMCERTIFICATION VALID TO
2022July 1, 2021June 30, 2021Date ApprovedDecember 31, 2021
At what age can someone become a Referee?

A: NYS Labor Law mandates that the minimum age requirement is 14.

How much can a referee make?
A: Referees can get paid as an individual or as a team that officiates the game. You will have to make sure to ask what the pay scale is for any league or association you choose to work for.  Further information can be obtained by the person who assigns you the game.
Who pays the referee?
A: This varies based on the event, game or league.  For most games, referees are paid at the time of the game as payment is usually paid before each game by the league representative (Coach/ Team Manager). For Tournaments, please discuss payment information with your assignor as it varies based on tournament administration.
Will an entry referee start working as a center referee?
A: A new referee will most likely not start as a center unless they have previous experience and confidence. Referee assignors, associations and leagues usually want to start a new referee as Assistant referees before setting them up as a center referee.
I am certified and have received your my badge, it’s time to look for work, how do I do that?
A: Join a referee district. They will have a referee assignor who will ask about your availability to then send you out to games. For our list of referee districts please click here (https://enysreferee.org/coordinators/).  Each district offers you additional training and support in addition to connecting you to local referee assignors.
I didn’t complete my recertification last year, what do I do?
A: You may recertify as long as your license hasn’t lapsed more than 3 years. Please contact secretary@enysreferee.org for guidance.
It’s been more than 3 years since I last registered as a US Soccer official.
A: You will need to take the Entry Level course again.
If I have any other questions regarding Recertification requirements what should I do?
A: If your questions have not been answered on this webpage, feel free to contact your local district or the ENY Secretary via e-mail at secretary@enysreferee.org
I lost my badge – how do I get a new one?
A: Please e-mail secretary@enysreferee.org for guidance.
I recently moved to New York from another state where I was certified. What do I do to certify here in New York?

A: All transfers to and from State Associations are usually coordinated by the State Referee Administrator from the state which the referee is leaving, however you may contact the secretary directly via e-mail, secretary@enysreferee.org

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