US RefereesWant to be a referee?

Bellingham Soccer Association cannot function without the help of our qualified referee program. 


  • Are you old enough? You have to be 14 years old to be a referee. You can take the grade 9 referee course prior to age 14 if you turn 14 before that upcoming season.
  • Are you available? Referees are needed throughout the soccer season both on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and if you have conflicts it could impact your scheduling.
  • Newer referees will have opportunities to improve just like any job as you improve and become proficient your opportunities and responsibilities will increase.
  • Why do you want to referee? Yes, it is a good way to make some money but you may also consider that you are considered the most knowledgeable person on the field. You are going to be dealing directly with adults. Just taking the course and understanding the rules is part of it you need to understand it in a game.
  • I want to do this for several years. That is fine but you need to take a recertification course each calendar year to be a referee

If anyone age 14 or older is interested in becoming a referee, mass ref is offering a number of online entry-level certification courses in October 2023 - February 2024

Click below for general information about becoming a Referee:

Click below for the next course offerings to prepare for the Spring 2024 season:

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 Click Here for Reimbursement Request for Referee Training