Becoming a referee is fairly simple. Rhode Island offers an entry-level program for individuals interested in becoming a referee. No prior experience is required, however, you will have a better chance of successful completion with a basic understanding of the game. Entry-level referees will start at the Grade 9 Recreational Referee level and will be taught a basic understanding of the Laws of Games adequate for officiating at the recreational level. After one year as a Grade 9 Recreational Referee, the referee may choose to upgrade to a Grade 8 Referee.
Grade 9 Recreational Referees are authorized to officiate recreational (aka “house league”) matches up to the U14 age division, and may be assistant referee (AR) on competitive youth matches (such as the Super Liga) up to the U14 division. In addition, grade 9 referees are permitted to be referee in competitive matches up to the U10 division. Assignment is not strictly limited to those matches; if the need arises, assignors may assign a Grade 9 Recreational Referee to a higher level match to fill an assignment or to provide a slightly higher level of difficulty to an official looking to upgrade.
Grade 9 Referees with at least one year of experience may upgrade to Grade 8 by taking the Grade 8 class. In addition, referees who are at least 16 years old may choose to certify for the first time as a Grade 8 Referee. Grade 8 Referees are eligible to officiate all levels of youth soccer in the state, including premier leagues. The Grade 8 class expands upon the content covered in the Grade 9 class and cover focus on a more detailed understanding of the Laws of the Game, with specific focus on Offside, Fouls, and Misconduct. The class will prepare the student for the Grade 8 Referee Exam.
NOTE: There is no longer a separate bridge class.
These are the clinics currently scheduled, to begin on the date shown: