How to Upgrade to Regional Referee

Pre-Requisite Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • Must have completed a minimum of three years as a Referee
  • Meet Minimum Game Counts
  • Submit your request


  1. Once you have fulfilled the first three requirements (age, experience, game count), you should request to be evaluated for an upgrade through Eastern New York.
  2. Your request and your game log should be sent to the SDA ( expressing your intent to upgrade.
  3. You MUST CC the following in your email:
    1. The SRA (
    2. Your Primary Assignor
    3. Your local District or Association President/Secretary
    4. At least 1 current Regional or National Referee who supports your request

Game Count

  • Officiate a minimum of 40 Adult games as a referee at the amateur adult level
    • Maximum of 10 games can be U19
    • Minimum of 5 games must be O30, O40 or O50
    • Minimum of 25 games must be Adult (open age group)
  • Officiate a minimum of 15 games as an assistant referee at the amateur adult level
  • All games must be 45 minute halves and have 3-referee system (Exception for O-30/40/50)


  • Minimum of 3 passing assessments as a Referee
    • 3 at Adult Amateur Level -or-
    • 1 at the highest youth (U18 or U19) and 2 at the Adult Amateur Level
    • Assessments must be done by 3 different Referee Coaches (Assigned by SDA)
    • All games must be 45 minute halves and have 3-referee system

** Games must be competitive enough to demonstrate Regional Competencies

Fitness Test

  • Must pass US Soccer Hi Intensity Fitness Test (August or November)