Entry Level Referee Courses

Want to become a Referee?

The entry level referee course (USSF Grade 8) is typically held in the evenings or weekends, the student must take online videos and attend in person classes. The course fee is $60.00, which includes an annual $45.00 USSF registration fee and Maryland State Administration fee.  Materials are supplied by the instructor at each course.  Students are required to attend the complete course in order to become a referee.

In order to register for a course, click on the registration button/link directly beneath the desired course.  You will receive a follow up email confirming your submission and telling you if anything additional is required. Space is limited and when a course is full, registration ends.  Registration for courses is cut off 72 hours prior to the first day. Registrations after that may incur an additional late fee. “Walk ins” are normally not accepted.

NOTE: If you register and pay and decide you can’t make the course send an email to the Lead Instructor or the SDI and they will remove you. Your payment will still be good for another clinic. If you decide you want a refund, the State will refund all monies except for the $5.00 State Administration Fee. This is to recover the cost for the system and mandatory background check.

If you have any questions please contact: Bob Reath

Entry Level Referee Courses:

If you register to take the entry level clinic you must complete the online portion of the training prior to attending class. There are a total of 19 online sessions. These sessions will take approximately 3 hours to complete, so allow yourself sufficient time. You do not have to do all 19 at the same time. If you do not complete all sessions prior to the course, you will be removed from that course and you will offered the opportunity to attend a different one.

Winter Entry Level Clinics

Please Read
These clinics are for individuals who want to referee in 2019 and have never been certified. Here are directions for registering:

1.) Click on the appropriate registration button below.
2.) On the Maryland Officials Management Systems page, click on the drop down button that says “Please select”.
3.) Highlight “Entry-Never been a USSF referee before”.
4.) Click on “Register” next to the course you want to attend.
5.) You will be prompted from there – follow on screen instructions.
6.) Once you are registered, on your Member Home Page, scroll down to “Online Lessons”.
7.) Read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION at the top of the page.
8.) Click on “Click Here to Start Lesson”.
9.) Complete all required lessons prior to attending class.

If you have any questions, please send them to the Lead Instructor of the clinic you would like to attend.

Anne Arundel County, MD

Sat, Mar 9 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sun, Mar 10 9:00am – 2:00pm
(Must attend all sessions to be certified)

Kinder Farm Park Club House
Kinder Farm Park Rd and Jumpers Hole Rd
Millersville, MD 21108

Directions:From Interstate 97 take exit 10 east Benfield Blvd. Take Benfield Blvd east for about 2.2 miles and turn left onto Jumpers Hole Rd. Travel about 1.2 miles on Jumpers Hole Rd and the entrance to the park will be on the left. You will make a left into the park and then take the very next left and follow the road around and the club house will be on your left. The meeting room is on the 2nd floor.

Contact: Mark Jennings

Salisbury, MD

Sat, Mar 2 9:000am – 5:30pm


Contact: Bob Reath

Howard County, MD

Sun, Feb 24 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sun, Mar 3 9:00am – 3:00pm
(Must attend all sessions to be certified)

Soccer Association of Columbia Clubhouse
4560 Centennial Ln.
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Contact: Craig Proffen

St. Mary’s County, MD

Mon, Feb 25 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wed, Feb 27 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Mon, Mar 4 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wed, Mar 6 6:00pm – 9:00pm
(Must attend all sessions to be certified)

Chancellors Run Rec Center
21905 Chancellors Run Road
Great Mills, MD 20634

Contact: Mike Tretick

Frederick County, MD

Sat, Mar 2 8:30am – 3:30pm
Sat, Mar 9 8:00am – 2:00pm
(Must attend all sessions to be certified)

Church of the Good Shepherd
1415 West 7th Street
Frederick, MD

Contact: Gerry Philp

Queen Anne’s, MD

Sat, March 2 8:00am – 5:30pm
(Must attend all day to be certified)

Goodwill Fire Department
212 Broadway
Centreville, MD 21617

Contact: Mark Jennings

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