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soccer referee

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling in more ways than one; Whether you are a youth player looking to have a better understanding of or give back to the game while having fun, get paid and get some exercise, or an adult giving back to the community while staying active.  

Current Referee Course Offerings

become a referee


  • Minimum of 14 years old

  • Initial certification and annual recertification with Mass Youth Soccer including game rules, player safety, and referee guidance

  • Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number required for payment

  • Referee equipment kit: Referee jerseys in multiple colors, referee flags  <<  Reimbursement available

  • A good attitude about youth development, fair play, and creating a healthy atmosphere

  • Ability to constructively handle unfortunate and infrequent confrontation from fans, coaches, and players

  • Be prepared to ref for Malden and Middlesex Youth Soccer games:  

    • Grade 3-8 on Saturdays - Fall and Spring

    • Grade 9-12+ on Sundays - Spring Only

Education and Certification Details

Steps to become a Soccer referee For MYSA

Before getting started on these steps, contact Cam Aristil (
and Kenny Antonucci (

Step 1 - Create an account on the MSRC Central Database

Step 2 - Choose the Right Course

Step 3 - Locate a Course Nearby

Step 4 - Enroll in a Course

This allows MSRC to contact you by E-mail and be alerted to upcoming events and courses.

Once you’ve created an account, reach out to Cam and Kenny (listed ) so that you can be registered as a Malden referee and be added to the current Malden Referee pool.

They will provide technical assistance or otherwise and help throughout the entire process as needed.


Link to create an account:

Choose the “New Grassroots Referee - Entry Level” course

The complete listing of all courses offered in Massachusetts, are on the MSRC website. The courses are updated continuously.

To check available courses and choose one that is conveniently located nearby, log in to your MSRC Central page under courses.

Once you have found a course you wish to take, and are logged in to MSRC Central, all you need to do is click on the "Enroll" button, confirm your registration.

You will receive confirmation by E-mail from the MSRC and the course you have selected will appear on your personal page when you log into MSRC Central.

Make sure to save the course enrollment fee and confirmation as you will be reimbursed at the end of the first season as a Malden referee.

Step 5 - Attend the Course

The class comprises mainly of Online Study Modules, which you can take at your own pace. (modules must be completed a minimum 72 hours BEFORE classroom attendance).

Followed by a Two Hours Online class Attendance with a live Instructor – You will receive an Invitation via email one day before.

US Soccer Supplemental Course: SafeSport Training - Required for 18 years or older only (Free)

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Getting Paid


Referees should expect to be paid each month OR after the end of each season depending on a few factors.


Standard rates from Middlesex Youth Soccer

Age Group:

Grade 3/4 (7v7, 50 minutes) 


Head Ref / Center Ref:


Assistant Ref / Line Ref:


Age Group:

Grade 7/8 (11v11, 70 minutes)


Head Ref / Center Ref:


Assistant Ref / Line Ref:


Age Group:

Grade 5/6 (9v9, 60 minutes)


Head Ref / Center Ref:


Assistant Ref / Line Ref:


Age Group:

Grade 9 & up (11v11, 80 minutes)


Head Ref / Center Ref:


Assistant Ref / Line Ref:


* With a Mass Youth Soccer referee certification, referees are eligible to ref games outside Middlesex Youth Soccer such as for clubs and schools.  Rates of payment may vary for these other organizations.


Do I need to know the rules of soccer?

You need to know the rules of soccer to be a head referee, and most rules to be an assistant ref.  However, there are those who become very good referees who never knew much about the game prior to joining, but learn everything through the journey.


How much will I need to run?

Some running is required.  The younger age groups play on smaller fields, so the demand is lower.  Field sizes increase with age, as does the requirement to keep up with the flow of the game.


When will I be paid?

Payment frequency is dependent on the season, method of payment (direct deposit vs. check), responsibility (head or assistant), and sometimes the age group of the games being ref’ed.  It can be monthly or at the end of the season depending on several factors.  Details will be covered at referee training sessions.

Can I be reimbursed for certification fees?

Malden Youth Soccer will reimburse initial certification fees for new referees.  Reimbursements will be provided after the first completed season with Malden Youth Soccer (at least 5 Malden Youth Soccer games).


How many games can I expect to ref each season?

The number of games assigned to each referee is dependent on availability of games and the referee’s personal availability.  On Soccer Saturdays, of which there are 9 in a typical season, refs often cover up to 2-3 games per day.  
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