Yes, you must be 13 by July 1st of the seasonal year! 13 year old referees will be assigned to younger rec league games.
Frankly soccer refereeing is not for everyone. But those who like refereeing like it a lot. It is an excellent way to get into shape, learn the rules, and help your soccer club and community, build camaraderie with other officials, and earn extra money. You also have the best seat in the house.
After you complete the training and pass the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) examination, you receive a Grade 8 badge that is applicable throughout the United States. Also you will have the opportunity to apply your classroom training into actual game situations during our New Referee In-Service Field Jamboree in August. During the fall season, we have three monthly 2 Hour In Service Meetings.
If you can referee just one game (average length 1 hour) a week, that will help a lot. Of course, you can do more games if you want. If you referee 10 League games during the season, your registration fee ($40) and uniform fee ($50) are refunded to you.
All new referees who pass the USSF exam receive a “referee kit” that includes a complete uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks), whistle, lanyard, red and yellow cards, cardholder and flags. We provide everything you need including a referee bag to hold your gear! This is a $65 kit paid for during training. You can earn it back by refereeing 10 games.
Soccer officials, adults and youths, are paid from $20 to $30 per game depending on the age level of the teams. See Pay Page
YES! Besides the relatively good pay for youths, refereeing is a great way to gain confidence and bearing. Youth referees are normally assigned lower age group games involving Under 10 and Under 12 Age Groups. Walnut Creek has a history of producing excellent youth referees. The 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 & 2014 Youth Referees of the Year for District Four and the 2014 Female Youth Referee Of The Year Northern California were from the WCSC!
NO! Before the season starts, a senior WCSC referee will be assigned as mentor to new youth and adult refs. Your mentor will watch one or more of your early games and provide direction and guidance, and answer your questions during the season. The club initiated this successful program last season. Also, the Club has instituted a Field Marshall Program in the U10-U12 House Division. The Field Marshall is there to support you when needed.
During the season you can electronically review available games and request assignments.
See the Becoming a Referee page or Email WCSC Referee Director, Sal Crispi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rich Ravin at email@example.com or call at 925-818-2059