How to Become A Grade 9 Recreation Referee

GRADE 9 Recreational Referee Requirements and Information

This class is geared toward the youth referee who wants to start officiating recreational games as well as working as an assistant referee for compettitve travel games up to U14. 
1.     Minimum 14 years of age on the day of the class, NO EXCEPTIONS
2.     Can only be a referee for  RECREATIONAL soccer games and an Assistant Referee for Competitve Youth games up to U14
3.     Cannot be a REFEREE for  travel games, only an assistant referee up to U14
4.     Must complete MANDATORY online grade 9 training modules PRIOR to attending class.  Directions and links below
5.     Must attend a one day classroom session in its entirety
6.     Pass a 50 question multiple choice classroom exam with a score of at least 80%
7.     Click HERE for additional information
Grade 9 Referee Classes are held by club request only.  In order to allow the club to register their members first, the class will not open for general registration until date listed.  Once the date is reached, no code will be needed to register.





2020 Grade 9 Recreational Referee Course 

Summer Grade 9 class information will be posted soon.  Please keep checking back.      

Class fee: $65.00
No full refunds are given.  If you do not complete all the prerequisite training, do not bring certificates to the class or for any other reason you do not or cannot attend, you will be refunded only your registration costs. The class fee of $25 plus a $5 administrative charge is nonrefundable.  Your registration for the class demonstrates your agreement and understanding of this policy.
1.  Register and pay for a course: Click here for REGISTRATION


2.  Complete the online training prior to attending class:

Click here for access to online training, GRADE 9 ENTRY LEVEL ONLINE TRAINING

The online training consists of 18 modules

You will be prompted to input your name, state, email address and course number for each module

When you complete each module you will receive a Certificate of Completion

You can immediately print the certificate and it will also be emailed to you, if you do not get the Certificate you have done something wrong

You MUST print or be able to show on a mobile device all 18 certificates of completion the morning of class, if you do not bring them you will not be permitted to attend the class.


Click here for class AGENDA
Grade 9 classes are scheduled at the request of a hosting soccer club. Clubs must be affiliated with the USSF.  Clubs interested in hosting a Grade 9 class should refer to the information at this link: Information and How to Request a Grade 9 Class for Your Club

The New Jersey State Referee Committee (NJSRC) administrates classes which certify and register successful attendees to become a USSF referee. The USSF has a referee grading system which specifies what level games the referee may officiate. In New Jersey you may become a new referee at either the Grade 9 or Grade 8 level.

United States Soccer Federation Referee Grades
The USSF currently has 11 referee grades:
  • Grade 15 – Emeritus State Referee
  • Grade 13 – Emeritus Professional Referee
  • Grade 9 – Recreational Referee
  • Grade 8 – Competitive Youth Referee
  • Grade 7 – Adult Ameteur Referee
  • Grade 6 – State Referee
  • Grade 5 – State Referee
  • Grade 4 – National Referee
  • Grade 3 – National Referee
  • Grade 2 – FIFA Assistant Referee
  • Grade 1 – FIFA Referee