June 12, 2017 —

Referee clinics for the Summer of 2017 have been scheduled (see below).  These are the clinics you will need to take if you want to work in the fall as a new referee.  If you’d like to gain a better understanding of the laws of soccer, earn a little bit of spending money, or do both, please consider registering.  Players and parents age 12 and above are encouraged to attend.  Our local recreational leagues usually pay at least $12 per game for assistant referees and $20 for the center referee and increase from there.  Select games pay more, but your ability to do select games is limited as a grade 9.  Grade 8 referees are qualified to do any select game, and adults and high school students are encouraged to start by taking the Grade 8 class.  Grade 9 classes are directed toward those who want to officiate recreational games, and the Grade 8 classes are directed toward those who want to officiate competitive club games.  You can register for a course using the following link:  The clinic schedule for the entire state is posted at, and instructions for registering can also be found there.

All clinics will be held in the Lecture Hall in the Science Building at Thomas More College.  If you have questions as to the location once you sign up, please let me know.

As always, more classes can be scheduled if demand is there. Please contact me if you are interested in hosting a clinic for your organization. The schedule is as follows:

One-day Grade 8 Entry Level (online cousework required prior to class): Saturday, July 15, 9 am to 6 pm
Grade 9 to Grade 8 Bridge Course: Sunday, July 16, 9 am to 6 pm
One-day Grade 9 Entry Level: Saturday, July 29, 9 am to 6 pm
One-day Grade 8 Entry Level (online coursework required prior to class): Sunday, July 30, 9 am to 6 pm
Please contact me, Bryan Schaefer, District Referee Administrator for Northern Kentucky, with any questions.  I can be reached at 859-512-2696

How to become a referee:

The referee clinics have been posted to U.S. Soccer’s website,  We are working on getting them posted to, but in any event, you should be able to sign up for them at  If you hear of problems with that, let me know and I will relay that information back to the State Director of Instruction.  All clinics will be held in the lecture hall of the Science Building at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills. Here is the schedule as it stands; we will probably have another entry level or recert in March depending on demand:


Information for New Referees

 Referee Assignors


USSF Referee Pay Scale


 o   each team pays half of the ref fees for each game


Half/each team pays

 CTR  AR ea.



$9  $18.00




 $20.00  $12.00




 $22.00  $16.00




 $26.00  $18.00

o    U6 Each team pay $5.00


 Game Length – Ball Size

 Age    Length of Half    Ball Size               Age      Length of Half         Ball Size

 U19    40 Minutes            5                         U18         40 Minutes                5

U17   40 Minutes            5                         U16          40 Minutes                5

U15    40 Minutes           5                         U14           35 Minutes               5

U13    35 Minutes           5                         U12            30 Minutes              4

U11   30 Minutes            4                         U10            25 Minutes             4

U09  25 Minutes            4                         U08          4-12 min/ qts          3

U06  4- 8 min/qts      3


1. Absolutely under NO circumstances are earrings to be worn during practices or games.  So if your child wants their ears pierced wait til the off season because they are NOT allowed on the soccer field during play/game.
2. Shin guards must be worn UNDER socks.  They can not be on top of the sock with the sock pulled over them and taped.  The referee will ask you to take them off and place them under the sock in order for play to resume.