SPONSORS: REQUEST & COST of an Entry Level Referee Course for your Club/League

If you are an organization such as a league, club, local referee association, tournament, assignor, referee coordinator, etc., seeking to sponsor any type of Referee Course listed below, you can select and click on the Course Type and be directed to CNRA’s online Registration, Learning and Course Management System and submit a request directly to CNRA.

After you have submitted the Course Request, please immediately submit the Course Fee by check made out to CNRA directly to:

P.O. Box 848
Rocklin, CA 95677

Once payment has been received and confirmed. The CNRA Registrar will then “Approve” the Requested Course and then post the Course online for students to be able to register for the course. The Registrar will send the Sponsor a link so they may monitor who signs up. The Registrar will also assign an Instructor(s) for the classroom dates requested.

Course/Clinic Fees

Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course:
Course Fee: $300
Law Book Fee: $5 per book (highly recommended)

Grade 9 Entry Level Referee Course:

Course Fee: $200
Law Book Fee: $5 per book (highly recommended)

Grade 7 Entry Level Referee Course:
Course Fee: $300
Clinic Fee: $25.00 per hour of scheduled clinical hours. (any additional time over one hour is rounded upward)

Sponsors will need to have the following information ready to complete the request within CNRA.gameofficials.net:
  1. Host League (name of organization)
  2. Maximum Course Size (CNRA suggests 30. Quality of facility may allow more ) – This number also determines the amount of “Laws of the Game” books shall be bought through CNRA. 
  3. Contact Information (primary contact person for organization)
  4. Location Information (CNRA Region, venue, physical address)
  5. Course Session Dates and Times (can select up to three options per session)
  6. Special Requests (anything entered here is not displayable to the public. Sponsors may make special requests, such as instructor preference, etc.)
  7. Description (anything entered here is displayed to the public along with the course listing. Put in statements such as, “Class only open to members of the {sponsoring entity)}”, or “Bring $20.00 cash or check payable to “___ ” on first day of class.”)


Instructions for Requesting a Course.pdf

Instructions for Requesting a Course.ppt

Your request will be automatically directed to both the State Director of Instruction (SDI) and your Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) for review and approval. Approval is primarily based upon instructor availability.

Sponsors should first determine which CNRA Region they are located.

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  • To sponsor an Entry Level Course, or any other Course the sponsor must be able to provide a facility and/or field to hold the Course and provide the Course fees to cover the costs of the instructor(s) and materials fees to cover the cost of books for the estimated amount of students.
  • Sponsors assume all responsibility for the cost of any fees for the facility, student books, and payment to CNRA for the Course.  CNRA limits sponsors to only charge participants up to $30.00 each to cover any and all of these costs.

Entry Level Referee Courses may range from 8 hours to 18 hours depending upon the type of Entry Level Referee Course the sponsor wishes to host.

Sponsors may request that their Courses be limited to the general public. They may request and receive a “Pass Code”. They may supply this Pass Code to only specific members of their League/Club/Association to ensure they are supplying the course to those intending to service their league.

The Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course: Online, Classroom and Field Session prepares and certifies referees to referee recreational and competitive youth soccer games. This course requires the student to first complete all of the online video modules on their own prior to the start of the first scheduled classroom session. Students are also required to attend 12-hours of Classroom and Field sessions to meet the certification requirements. Sessions may be done within two to three days and/or evenings. The Online Sessions reduce the total hours required to fulfill the requirements of the Traditional 18 Hour Course. It also allows the students to have a Field Session to physically prepare and familiarize students to the mechanics and procedures they will be experiencing as referees and assistant referees. Students must take and pass a 50 question exam with at minimum of 80% correct.

The Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course (18 Hour- All Classroom): This is the traditional Grade 8 Referee Course that has been provided for several years. Certification requires 18-hours of instruction in a classroom setting. Some field mechanics and procedures may be introduced if fields and materials are available. This course is often conducted over several 3-4 hour sessions over several days/weeks. Students must take and pass a 50 question exam with at minimum of 80% correct.

The Spanish Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course is a full 18-hour classroom course with a field session. This course is only taught in Spanish and only remains available until the Online Course in Spanish becomes available. This course prepares and certifies referees to referee unto competitive youth soccer games and below. Students must take and pass a 50 question exam with at minimum of 80% correct.

The Grade 9 Entry Level Referee Course is an 8-hour classroom course that prepares and certifies referees to referee only small-sided recreational games. Students must take and pass a 50 question exam with at minimum of 80% correct.

The Grade 7 Entry Level Referee Course is an 18-hour classroom course that focuses on the management of the game and further extends the application of the  Laws of the Game learned in the Grade 8 Course. Referees are suggested to have first served as a Grade 8 referee for at least one year or have 40+ games experience and are seeking to gain additional instruction and preparation toward event, match and player management. Students must take and pass an exam with at minimum of 80% correct.


  • Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course: (Online Sessions, Classroom Sessions and Field Session)

    This is a A 12- hour Entry Level Course to become a Grade 8, for beginning referees. Students will be required to complete the Online Video Modules on their own time prior to attending the first scheduled Classroom and Field Session. Some classroom sessions will run over one day or weekend and others over several days. Be prepared to dress and be physically active to participate during the Field Session. Students will also need to obtain a whistle for the field session. The courses may be sponsored locally by different Associations, Leagues or Clubs, so the total costs to attend may vary by course. At the end of the course, there will be a review, a 50 question (multiple choice) exam and then a registration with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) by completing the necessary form. Attendees must pass with a score of 80% or higher on the exam. All attendees MUST attend the full hours of each session. Missing any part of the class is not permitted and will require the attendee to repeat the course in its entirety. The Grade 8 courses are offered throughout the year but mostly prior to spring/summertime. Your USSF registration is good for the year/season it is received and until the end of that year. Courses completed after July 1st will receive a badge for the following year/Season and also be registered for the following season. However, they will also be allowed to referee during the remained of  the current year. Referees are required to reregister and renew their license annually. They may do this as early as July 1st during the preceding year. Early registration ensures receiving their New Referee Packet in a timely manner prior to the new season.  If you have not been a certified referee for the last three years you will likely be required to retake this course. If you have lapsed 1 to 2 years, for an additional fee you may instead take an Online Test to be able to re-certify for the current year.

  • Spanish Language Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course: 
  • Futsal/Indoor Referee Course:

    Futsal is played on a hard surface court with a weighted ball. This is the international indoor soccer game and is gaining popularity throughout the United States and California-North.

The following courses are generally hosted by CNRA throughout the year on a limited basis. First check to see if there are courses already scheduled at Up-Coming Referee Clinics. If you still wish to make a request to host one of these courses in your area, scheduling shall be considered.

  • Instructor Certification Course:
  • Assessor Certification Course:
  • Assignor Certification Course: Contact the State Assignor Coordinator