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Recreational Referees' FAQ

Recreational Referee course: This course is designed for 11-13 year-old kids who are interested in becoming a soccer referee. You MUST be 11 years of age or older when you go to register for the course. This certification only allows a Recreational Referee to do small-sided (9v9 or lower) D4 (recreational) games. This certification is good for 2 years and comes with a referee ‘kit’ (shirt, shorts, and socks).
Online course code: RecRef08

What is the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program?

The TSRRP was designed for 11-13 year-olds who want to become a referee but are not old enough to register for the Grassroots Referee course.

How old do I have to be in order to register for the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program?
You must be 11 years old or older at the time of registration.

How much will the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program cost?
The cost for the 2023/2024 soccer year is currently $110. The Tennessee State Soccer Association controls the cost for the program so this may change in the future.

Is there an age restriction on the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program?
While this course is meant for 11-13 year-olds, anyone who has not been a referee before may take this course.

How can I sign-up to become a Tennessee State Recreational Referee?
To register for the course, go to, select “Registration” (bottom, right tile), select “New Member Registration.” During the registration process (Step 1 of 3), in the Referee Section when asked for Registration Type, choose “Non-USSF-Licensed Small Sided Game Official.” In Step 2, it will ask you to select a clinic location, choose the “Franklin” location. It will ask for an “Invitation Code”, enter the code (example code: RecRef05) and then select “Continue to Next Step.” Step 3 is paying for the clinic.

Where do I get the code for the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program?
You can email [email protected] and ask them for the most recent class code.

What will I have to do to complete the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program?
After you register for the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program, you will have to complete 21 online video courses and a field session.

How long will it take to complete the online courses and the field session?
The online courses are a ‘learn at your own pace’ set of video instructions that cover the laws of the game and should take less than 4 total hours to complete. The field session is about 3 hours overall but includes filling out information sheets, recording uniform size information, and general information from the lead instructor (Q&A for parents).

Will I have to purchase a uniform and a badge (patch)?
No. Part of the cost of the program is to pay for your referee kit (uniform). It will include an orange and white TN badge, gold/yellow short-sleeve referee shirt, black referee shorts, and black referee socks from Capelli.

How long is the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program good for?
The TSRRP certification is good for 2 years.

Will I have to recertify after a year?
Yes. There will be no cost for a TSRRP referee.

Why must referees recertify every year?
The Laws of the Game are updated and go into effect on June 1st of each year. Referees are required to learn about those changes so they may apply them to the game after June 1st.

What age groups will I be able to officiate once I complete the course?
Once you complete the Tennessee State Recreational Referee Program, you will be able to officiate recreational (D4), small-sided games (9v9 or lower). Both teams must be from the same recreational organization, i.e. WCSA blue v WCSA red, YMCA blue v YMCA red, etc.

Are there any games that I will not be able to officiate once I am a TSRRP certified?
Yes. You will not be able to officiate full-sided games (11v11), competitive level games (D3 or above), or teams from different recreational organizations, i.e. WCSA v YMCA.

How do I get assigned games?
WCSA uses the GameOfficials assigning platform to assign games. Once you have completed your referee class and filled out the information sheet, the sheet will be given to our assignor to be entered into the system. An email will then be sent to the new referee with instructions on how to block your calendar, setting up your bank account information so you can get paid, and other items. Your account should, by default, have the notifications set to ‘text’ and ‘email’ the referee with each game assignment. It is then up to the referee to go into the system and accept or decline their assigned games. If you ‘decline’ your games, it will ask for a reason the games are being declined. The number one reason games are declined is because the referee failed to ‘block’ their availability in GameOfficials.

What if I can’t referee at a certain time, day, or week?
If a referee cannot officiate during a certain time, all they have to do is 'block' their calendar in GameOfficials. For example, a youth referee is playing in a soccer game at 10:30 a.m. They would go into their availability in GameOfficials and put in a 'block' from 10:30 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. so they are not assigned a game to officiate during that time. The same thing would apply for a referee who is not available at all on a Saturday. They would go into their availability in GameOfficials and put in a 'block' from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. so they are not assigned a game to officiate during that time.

What are ‘standby’ referees?
When all the games have been covered but we still have additional referees available to work games, they can be assigned a ‘standby’ game. Referees are paid a standby rate for each game that they are assigned ‘standby’. If a fellow referee becomes injured or sick and can no longer officiate their game(s), a ‘standby’ referee will be assigned to replace the sick or injured referee. The standby referee would then receive the pay that they would normally for officiating that game.

How much do I get paid per game?
The pay varies based on the age group playing and the position of the referee. Most games have a referee (otherwise known as the ‘center’ referee) and 2 assistant referees (known as ARs). The pay for a U8 game is $15.00 for the center and $10.00 for each AR while the pay for a U19 game is $50 for the center and $40 for each AR. The pay is also increased for playoff games as well. For WCSA, there are 5 games each Saturday for the U7-U8 age groups. All other age groups (U9 – U19) have 4 games on each Saturday.

How often do we get paid?
Payroll is run every 2 weeks, most of the time. Pay is managed through the GoPay feature (similar to PayPal) in GameOfficials. Sometimes they have glitches or issues with their system that can delay officials getting paid. We will try our best to send a notification out should this happen. Regardless, all officials WILL get paid for any games and/or standby(s) that they worked.

What if I have a question that is not covered in the information above?
You can email [email protected] and ask your question(s). Someone will reply with the information or direct you to someone who can answer your question(s).


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