Referees

Referees are always needed!

Referees are a critical component to SASC. It is a great opportunity to earn money while learning valuable skills/life lessons. SASC will do everything possible to support, encourage, and protect our referees, as we cannot continue as a club without a steady pipeline of new refs each year!


Please review this link for full details on how to become a PA West certified referee. There are a few certification courses needed - 1 online, one in-person offered locally (typically) - and a PA West approved referee uniform. Once obtained, however, you can referee with SASC or other local clubs in league/tournament play as your schedule allows.


After certification, game assignments are managed through our referee coordinator. Games are assigned based on experience - new refs will start as AR for the younger divisions and work up to older divisions and CR assignments with experience.


If you have any questions, please reach out to the referee coordinator, found on our Board Members page.


Referee Certification/Recertification

If you, your child or someone you know are interested in signing up to become a PA West Referee, please visit:

http://www.wparef.com/become-a-referee/


Register as a new user and sign up the for a new referee class.

When you are registering, just below the section where you input your address, please be sure go into the Home Association section and select Somerset Area - this is important so that the referee administrator always knows what club to send your referee badges to.


The cost of the class is $100. After completing the class, you will be reimbursed 1/2 of the cost - $50. After refereeing 3 seasons, you will be reimbursed the other $50.


Obtain Your PA Required Clearances:

SafeSport

  • Safesport training - required for any club member that is not a player. Click here to access the site

  • An annual refresher is required.

  • Please email an SASC board member to get an enrollment key for the Safesport website.



After registering for the clinic, ASAP, mail copies of your clearances

Over age 18 - criminal, child abuse and FBI

Under age 18 - Criminal and Child abuse, Affidavit (if under age 18) and work permit (if still in school) to:

WPA SRC New Referee Peggy Neason

82 Lookout Avenue

Monongahela, PA 15063


Be sure to add a cover letter stating the following:

  • Your name

  • Somerset Area Soccer Club New Referee

  • Note the new referee class you will be attending.

  • Include a list of the documents you are sending


To sign back into your referee account any time, visit:

wparefs.gameofficials.net


At least one week Prior to the new referee in class session, you must complete the on-line portion of the class....


I’m registered for a Clinic, What’s Next?

After you have registered for a Grade 8 clinic, your real work begins. You must successfully complete a number of online sessions of Law videos and review questions. These modules and you test will take several hours and they must be completed at least one week before your on-site clinic, so plan accordingly. You must complete the test with a score of 70 or better to pass the course. If you do not complete the online training portion, you will lose your registration fee.

If you are having trouble passing the test, please try the following:

  1. Login and go to: “Confirmed Registrations”

  2. Click on your course number “xxxxx”

  3. Click on ‘Load Session Tracker”

  4. Click on “Session 19 – Grade 8 Test Online”

  5. Click on “Review” Attempt X – NOT Start New Session

  6. Click on the Number “YY” – it will show the questions you missed. You can then go back and look at those slides.

Upon successful completion of the online session you will attend an on-site clinic hosted by a local Association. The on-site session includes up to 5 hours of classroom instruction, a field session where you must demonstrate the lessons learned from the online modules and the classroom. Please bring a notebook/pad, pencil, eraser and drink/snack with you, along with a great attitude!

At the completion of the program, you will receive your United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Referee badge and you will be registered with Western PA Referees and the USSF as a Grade 8 Referee. As a Grade 8 Referee you will be allowed to referee youth recreational (i.e. In-House) and competitive (i.e. Sunday Travel and Classic Club) matches. Your contact information will be shared with the referee assignor for your Home Association club, though we encourage you to contact them directly to get scheduled for matches.


Referee Uniform

Before you work your first game, you will need uniform, black shorts with pockets (not player shorts), black socks with three white stripes, all black shoes (turf, cleat, or running - your choice), watch with a count up chronograph, whistle, flags, cards, paper, and pens. Please do not use a basketball or track style handheld stopwatch or a whistle on a neck lanyard.


Please see https://www.wparef.com/become-a-referee/#section6 [wparef.com]


You should be able to find gear in person at Officially Sports and online at Dick's or Official Sports International ("OSI"). The uniforms at OSI are the standard. Be careful if you are shopping in person at Officially Sports or online at Dick's that you do NOT buy the college/NISOA/PIAA/High School/Football uniforms. You need the USSF style uniforms.