Referee Licensing

To sign up for the clinic send an email including your name, phone number and league affiliation to

You see them at all games. They are the three individuals carrying either a whistle or a flag. Their uniforms up until recently were black but now referee fashions include red, gold, silver, or teal. They are the referees or more correctly the referee and the assistant referees. Referees are an integral part of the game of soccer. Their primary functions are to ensure that the laws of the game are followed and that the safety of the player is ensured.

Referees are proud of their contribution to soccer and take their appointments seriously. Their basic requirements are: an understanding of the spirit and the letter of the laws; superior physical condition; cooperation with fellow officials; personal flexibility that allows for a totally unemotional approach to all decisions despite experiencing a variety of participant emotions during a typical game; and to make the game of soccer enjoyable to play and watch. For those referees who also play the game, it gives a new perspective of the game and a better understanding of the rules from a different viewpoint.

The curriculum at these clinics teaches the particular aspects of soccer officiating for individuals involved in the recreational program. Candidates fulfilling the requirements of these clinics will be registered with USSF and receive a USSF Grade 9 Badge allowing them to officiate recreational youth games up to the Under 14 age group.

The R9 clinic uses "The Myths of the Game Video" to teach individuals the essentials of officiating soccer. Training on the field is provided to cover all aspects needed to actually referee a game. Attendees’ direct participation prepares them for actual game officiating.

Emphasis is placed on:

  • Law Five - The Referee
  • Law Eleven - Off Side
  • Law Twelve - Fouls and Misconduct.

What’s different with the R9 clinics than other clinics? Role-playing exercises are extensively used to examine how to deal with coaches and parents who dissent or otherwise affect the ability of the referee to manage the game. These exercises are great fun and have proven very effective in teaching the essential tools of game management.

The 8-hour course for kids and adults 10 years or older provides for both classroom and field instruction on the basic Laws of the Game and in group participation in situations likely to confront the new referee. Brea Soccer will be holding their clinic on Saturday July 25th at the Brea Junior High School Cafeteria from 8:00 till 4:30 PM. Make sure you wear comfortable summer clothing with tennis shoes for when we role play outdoors, bring plenty of water and have a hat or sunscreen available in case of excessive heat. We will break for lunch so bring money for food or bring a sack lunch.

There are only 25 spots available for the clinic so please respond as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Bring a friend, a teammate or your parents so they can learn all about offside, hand balls and many other rules that are important to know. The cost of the class is $35 to be paid on the day of the class. Make your checks out to BSA or bring cash. This is a great opportunity to make some money, build self confidence, learn a job skill and better understand the game of soccer.
Send an email to to reserve your spot today. Minors must have a medical release form signed before a parent can leave for the day. If you have any questions, you can contact Steve Perry at 714-255-0690 or email the above address.

Referee Program R-9

Every year Brea Soccer hosts a R9 referee clinic to educate players, coaches and referees on the laws of the game Cafeteria. All kids above the age of 10 and any parent or coach are welcomed to this one day clinic. Once the course is completed, you will be certified to referee any recreational or Signature game up to division 3 (U14) This is a great opportunity to earn some extra money, learn more about the game and staying involved with BSA.

Referee Program R-8

This two day class is given throughout the year and certifies you to referee any youth soccer game in the United States. Referees can work any club, signature or Rec game up to the age of 19. Brea works with Cal South to send those referees interested in upgrading their R-9 license.

Referee Requirements

Referees must be at least 10 years old. All referees must be at least R9 certified. You must be at least 2 years older than the game you are officiating in order to do the center referee position in divisions higher than U8.