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Regional Referee Requirements

 

Recertification Requirements for 2022

 
The following Regional Referee Recertification requirements must be completed between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021:
 
  • Practical Evaluation
    • 90 minute; 11v11 matches only
    • Two (2) passing evaluations as a referee:
      • One (1) must be adult amateur; one (1) must be highest youth level (18U to 19U)
    • Must be completed by two (2) different Regional Assessors (formerly Grade 5 Assessors)
      • ​One of the two (2) assessments must be completed by a Georgia Assessor
    • Evaluations are $100; an assessor will not be assigned until payment has been received.
  • Training
    • Online
      • ​Learning Center Regional Referee Recertification Course
    • On Field Experience
  • Fitness Test
    • Male: FIFA Women’s Referee Category 1
    • Female: FIFA Women’s Referee Category 3
 

Certification (Upgrade) Requirements for Current Grassroots Referees

 

The following Regional Referee Certification requirements must be completed between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Note: You must be 18 years of age or older with a minimum of three (3) years experience as a certified referee.

 

First, you must notify both the SRA and SDA via email of your intention to upgrade.

 

  • Evaluations
    • 90-minute, 11v11 matches only
    • Three (3) passing evaluations as a referee
      • Two (2) must be adult amateur; one (1) must be highest youth level (18U to 19U)
      • Must be completed by three (3) different Regional Assessors (formerly Grade 5 assessors)
        • ​One of the three (3) evaluations must be completed by a Georgia Assessor
    • Evaluations are $100; an assessor will not be assigned until payment has been received.
    • See Request an Assessment page for details.
  • Training
      • Regional Referee Course
      • On Field Experience.
  • Fitness Test
    • Male: FIFA Women’s Referee Category 1
    • Female: FIFA Women’s Referee Category 3
  • Game Log - Previous Game Experience
    • 50 center referee, 25 assistant referee; amateur only
      • U19 is not amateur
      • ​Does not need to be completed to begin the upgrade process, but must be done before June 30, 2020
    • Email Game Log to SRA and SDA
      • Game log must include assignor email and phone in addition to all relevant match information
      • Falsification of game log may result in referral to Ethics & Grievance
For both certification (upgrade) and recertification, any referee who fails two or more evaluations in one cycle will have their portfolio reviewed by the Regional Referee Panel. Additionally, if half or more of a referee’s evaluations are marked as a low degree of difficulty by the assessor, the referee will have their portfolio reviewed by the Regional Referee Panel. The panel will evaluate the referee’s portfolio and determine to accept or decline. If declined, the panel will provide the referee with additional evaluation requirements that need to be met to meet certification or recertification.
 
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