GRADE REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for each Grade of referee are summarized below.  Please see the Grade Requirements document for each Grade for the official and accepted requirements.


Grade 9

Requirements Document

  • Minimum Age - None.  Local leagues may recommend minimum.
  • Previous Experience - None.
  • Training - Complete the Grade 9 Referee Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net AND attend Field Training Session.
  • Laws of the Game Test - Pass the Grade 9 Referee Test with at least 80% score.  Maximum of 3 attempts.
  • Fitness Test - None.
  • Practical Assessment - None.
  • Recertification - July 1 through November 30.  Complete the Grade 9 Recertification Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net.  

NOTE - Late Fee of $25 applies to recertifications after November 30.


Grade 8

Requirements Document

  • Minimum Age - 12.  Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Previous Experience - None.
  • Training - Complete the Grade 8 Referee Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net AND attend Field Training Session.
  • Laws of the Game Test - Pass the Grade 8 Referee Test with at least 80% score.  Maximum of 3 attempts.
  • Fitness Test - None.
  • Practical Assessment - None.
  • Recertification - July 1 through November 30.  Complete the Grade 8 Recertification Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net.  

NOTE - Late Fee of $25 applies to recertifications after November 30.


Grade 7

Requirements Document

  • Minimum Age - 18.
  • Previous Experience - 50 games as Referee on U15 or above.
  • Training - Complete the Grade 7 Referee Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net AND attend Grade 7 Upgrade Class.
  • Laws of the Game Test - Pass the Grade 7 Referee Test with at least 80% score.  Maximum of 3 attempts.
  • Fitness Test - None.
  • Practical Assessment - None.
  • Recertification - July 1 through November 30.  Complete the Grade 7 Recertification Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net.  Attend at least 4 hours of locally-provided classroom training or field training.

NOTE - Late Fee of $25 applies to recertifications after November 30.


Grade 6

Requirements Document

  • Conduct - State referee candidates must be in good standing with the ASRA with respect to USSF and ASRA Codes of Conduct and Ethics on and off the field, in public and all forms of social media and communication.
  • Minimum Age - 18.
  • Previous Experience - 50 games as Referee on U15 or above.  10 games as Referee on Adult level.  5 games as Assistant Referee on U15 or above.  Minimum of 1 year as Grade 7 referee.
  • Training - Complete the Grade 6 Referee Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net AND attend Grade 6 Upgrade Class.
  • Laws of the Game Test - Pass the Grade 6 Referee Test with at least 80% score.  Maximum of 3 attempts.
  • Fitness Test - Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Test at standards established by ASRA or higher.
    Current standard is 6.8 seconds for the sprints, and 35/45 for the intervals.
  • Practical Assessment - 2 assessments as Referee.  1 assessment as Assistant Referee.  Games must be USSF-affiliated with minimum of 40 minute halves.  Must be done by two different State Assessors.
  • Recertification - Complete the Grade 6 Recertification Course through azreferees.gameofficials.net.  Attend Grade 6 Recertification Class (One class in summer.  Make-up class in winter).  Pass Fitness Test.  Two assessments as Referee.  Requirements must be completed between January 1 and the Make-up class in winter.

NOTE - Late Fee of $25 applies to recertifications completed at the make-up Recertification Class.