Become a Referee

Become a United States Soccer Federation Referee

Thank you for your interest in becoming a United States Soccer Federation Referee in Eastern Pennsylvania!

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. Whether for a young person learning responsibility or an adult contributing to the sport, referee training and development is the primary mission of Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association Referee Committee (EPSARC). To this end, EPSARC has established a process to ensure that every person who wishes to become a referee is afforded the opportunity to become a registered and certified soccer referee with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

Entry Level Referee Course

The Entry Level Referee course offers instruction to prepare an individual to become a USSF Soccer Referee.

The course consists of online lessons and a 3 hour field session.

Upcoming referees MUST be 14 yrs old prior to the field session.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

To become a U.S. Soccer Referee, Candidates must:

  1. Create an EPSARC account
  2. Register for “Referee- Grade 8 Entry Hybrid”
    • Select a Field Session on the Date/Time/Location of your choosing
      • If a Field Session is not yet available, please register for “Pre-Clinic Only” to begin the Pre-Clinic Requirements.
  3. Complete the Pre-Clinic Requirements
    • All Pre-Clinic Requirements must be completed 48 hours prior to your Field Session
    • If any Pre-Clinic Requirement is outstanding, the Candidate must reschedule to a different Field Session.
      1. Pennsylvania Background Clearances (NOTE: clearances may take up to 30 days to complete – allow sufficient time. Those under 14 will not be able to apply for them.)
        • Upload documents into your EPSARC account for review
      2. Online Modules  Link will be next to the clinic within your account after you register and pay
      3. Online Test  Last item in the online modules
  4. Attend the Field Session

Additional information for creating an EPSARC account can be found here:


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