Top 5 Reasons to Become a WSSL Referee!
Whatever reasons motivate you to take the field as a Referee, we try to provide support and encouragement to make this a rewarding experience for you and the players!
How to Get Certified as an Adult WSSL Referee (Teen Referees please go here)
There are several steps to become a referee, some of which are mandated by US law or by WSSL's insurance requirements. The process may look daunting but we will help you achieve your certification. This process will take usually at least two weeks so start NOW.
First, register as a volunteer with AYSO (wssl.org / Player / Player & Volunteer Registration) and, for adults, complete the annual background check. The background check is only required for persons 18 years of age and older, however volunteer registration is required for all volunteers.
Make sure to volunteer as a Referee (check box) and you can select the division(s) that you would like to referee in.
Register for all in-person and online courses by logging in to our training website: from any inLeague page, look for the eTrainU Graduation Cap Icon on the top-right. Click on that icon, and then click on on the next page. There are no separate credentials; you log in to inLeague first and then go to eTrainU from there.
Online courses required of all volunteers are:
If you haven't taken the online Safe Haven or Concussion Awareness since 2011, login to eTrainU and complete these online. You can find them by clicking on the “Training Library” link and browsing the courses in the Safe Haven category.
Register for a Referee Class
Information on upcoming referee training classes is available here.
If you have children in the 6U, 7U, or 8U age groups or wish to officiate in these age groups, please register for the 8U Official - Full In-Person Course:
If you have children in the 9U and older age groups, or wish to officiate in these age groups, you will need to complete a Regional Referee - Full In-Person Course. There are two paths to become eligible to take this class:
1) Complete the 8U Official course (above); or,
2) Complete the "Regional Referee - Online + In-Person Companion Course (2 Part Bundle)" online class:
Once you are eligible:
Once you attend the class and pass the exam, you are now a certified soccer referee! We will give you a uniform and kit for free: send an email to Uniforms.WSSL@gmail.com including your name and shirt size (Youth, Adult Small, Medium, Large, XL or 2XL), and your preferred pick-up location (West 79th Street or West 152nd Street, or at the Field House at the 101st Street & Riverside Park soccer field).
Please email your Division Chief Referee or the Regional Referee Administrator, Stan Ince, with any questions.