How to Become a Soccer Official

Here’s how to become a soccer referee or soccer official: Find out about the local soccer referee and officials associations in your area. An officiating association is a group of officials who meet periodically to discuss rules, mechanics and philosophy of soccer. They are a great way for new  soccer officials to learn from veteran officials.

Attend a soccer game in your area and ask the referees what association they belong to and whom to contact for information. The association will be a valuable pool of resources for training, obtaining games and getting to know the officiating community.

Attend soccer association meetings. At those meetings, some held before the season starts, you can ask questions about rules, mechanics and positioning. Those sessions will be a foundation to get you started properly as a soccer referee.