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 attend a one day classroom session in its entirety
5.     Pass a 50 question multiple choice classroom exam with a score of at least 80%
6.     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.

2018 Grade 9 Recreational Referee Course 

Course Num


Hosting Club



Saturday July 28, 2018


GLOUCESTER opens 6/9/18


Saturday Aug 11, 2018 


PISCATAWAY opens 7/20/18


Class fee: $65.00
No full refunds are given.  If you cannot attend the class for any reason, you will be refunded only the USSF registration cost less a $5 administrative charge.  Your class fee and administrative charge is non-refundable.  Your registration for the class demonstrates your agreement and understanding of this policy.
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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 14 referee grades:
  • Grade 16 – Emeritus State Referee
  • Grade 15 – Emeritus State Referee
  • Grade 14 – Emeritus National Referee
  • Grade 13 – Emeritus Professional Referee
  • Grade 12 – Assistant 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 – Professional Referee
  • Grade 2 – FIFA Assistant Referee
  • Grade 1 – FIFA Referee