ENY Referee Certification
and Annual Requirements**

Certification Criteria

Recreational Grade 9

Grade 8

Grade 7

Grade 6

Minimum Age None 15 17 18
Experience 
(minimum cumulative outdoor games at designated level)   
Not applicable Not applicable Referee: 75
Assistant Referee 25
Referee: 150
Assistant Referee 50
Game level
to be counted for advancement
Not applicable Not applicable USSF Games  50 games must be on adult Division 1 League Games or higher
or from the USSF list of approved games. 
Time in present grade Not applicable Not applicable 12 months as a Grade 8 prior to application 12 months as a Grade 7
prior to application
Training  Successfully complete USSF Recreational Referee Training Course Successfully complete USSF Grade 8 Referee Course
(or the Referee Bridge Course if upgrading from grade 9 to grade 8)
Successfully complete USSF Grade 7 Referee Training Course

Sufficient experience and game count in USSF affiliated games
(adult level or equivalent)

Attendance at the mandatory ENY State Annual Certification Class

Written Exam 80% Minimum score
on USSF Recreational Referee Exam
80% Minimum score
on USSF Grade 8 Referee Exam
80% Minimum score
on USSF Grade 7 Referee Exam

80% Minimum score
on USSF Grade 6 Referee Exam

Exam to be taken at the mandatory ENY State Annual Certification Class

Physical Fitness Exam Not Required Not Required Not Required

Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

Testing must be conducted at the mandatory ENY State Annual Certification Class

Evaluation/Assessment by registered USSF Assessor Not required.
It is recommended that new referees be observed in one of their first 10 games.
Not required.
It is recommended that new referees be observed in one of their first 10 games.
Not required.
It is recommended that new referees be observed once in their first year.

Minimum of 2 passing assessments meeting the sufficient test criteria in affiliated games (1 must be an adult game)


Annual Renewal Requirements

In Service Training Four hours during the preceeding 12 months Five hours during the preceeding 12 months Five hours during the preceeding 12 months Five hours during the preceeding 12 months
Refresher Exam Not Required 80% Minimum score
on USSF Grade 8 Refresher Exam
80% Minimum score
on USSF Grade 7 Refresher Exam
80% Minimum score
on USSF Grade 6 Refresher Exam
Physical Fitness Exam Not Required Not Required Not Required

Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

Testing must be conducted at the mandatory ENY State Annual Certification Class

Field Evaluation Not Required Not Required Not Required One assessment as referee in adult game required*
*For upgrading Grade 6 referees, the assessments should be completed within a 12-month period.
No more than 2 failing assessments can occur within that time period.
If a candidate fails a third assessment in a 12-month period, the referee must start the upgrade procedure over for the next registration cycle, starting with zero assessments. 
**Requirements updated as of 7/1/2014

For Log Book Spreadsheets please click on the links below:

Grade 8 to Grade 7 Upgrade Spreadsheet

Grade 7 to Grade 6 (State) Spreadsheet