Any person 12 years of age or older is eligible to take an LSA sponsored certification course and become a referee. Referee work can be a part time job for a student, a way to better understand the game for a player, and a healthy hobby for adults. Once trained, there are opportunities to get additional experience during the off season officiating at competitions (junior high and high school, ODP, Regional Premier events, and/or adult leagues) that can lead to promotion in the USSF’s ranking system used throughout the country. Courses are usually offered twice a year in August and January depending on demand.
Every year we introduce a new group of referees to the game. Many of these officials will be young people. In all cases these individuals have VOLUNTEERED to do a difficult job. All officials are trained and licensed but, like any activity in sport, refereeing is a learned skill and mistakes are inevitable. While their decisions may not always be agreeable to all participants and spectators, their decisions are final. No useful purpose is served by shouting disagreement or derogatory remarks. The referee has the authority to caution or eject players, coaches, spectators and even stop the game. Abusive words, disrespect, or deliberate fouls may lead to sanctions by a referee. Unwarranted comments and intimidation by coaches and spectators will not be allowed and reports to the Board of Directors will be taken very seriously. Verbal and/or physical assaults on a referee, his equipment and possessions, by a player, coach or spectator can lead to suspension and possibly lifetime ban from soccer (that is enforced nationwide because of our affiliations with national groups).