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.
If you, your child or someone you know are interested in signing up to become a PA West Referee, please visit:
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:
Child Abuse Certifications (PA Dept. of Human Services) is required of volunteer and paid coaches.
Criminal History Record Certification (Pennsylvania State Police Reports) is required of volunteer and paid coaches.
Federal Criminal History Certification (FBI Reports) is required of all paid positions and volunteers who have not resided in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years. This is also acceptable for volunteers who have lived in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years.
Notarized Affidavit for Volunteer Exemption from FBI Certification is acceptable for volunteers who have lived in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years.
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.
At the completion of the program, you will receive your United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Referee badge and you will be registered as a 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.
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.
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.