Referee grades:

The State Referee Administrator and State Youth Referee Administrator are responsible for developing a referee network that meets the needs of the State Referee Association. 


Official Sports International is the exclusive referee uniform supplier to U.S. Soccer.

Only manufacturer's logos and U.S. Soccer approved badges and/or emblems may be on the uniform.


The diagonal system of control consists of one referee and two assistant referees. All competitions sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation require the use of this officiating system and certain competitions may require the use of a fourth official.

In order to comply with the Laws of the Game all games sanctioned directly or indirectly by member organizations of the U.S. Soccer Federation must employ the diagonal system of control and be assigned according to the following order or preference:

*Club linespersons are only allowed to signal for the ball in and out of play. The preference should always been given to unregistered club linespersons who have no affiliation to the participating teams.


While each official is expected to keep the assignments he or she accepts, there are certain occasions where a referee should be released from a lower level assignment to officiate in a higher level competition. 

To this end, the following games are listed by priority for assignment:

Please note that this policy does not apply:

Responsibility of officials:

Responsibility of assignors:


The completion and submission of reports is an important duty of an official.  If required by the competition, the U.S. Soccer Referee Report can be used to submit standard game information. 

If needed, and in addition to the U.S. Soccer Referee Report, the U.S. Soccer Supplemental Referee Report can be used for instances of referee assault, referee abuse, dismissal of team officials, sending-off offenses, serious injuries, game  abandonment or other substantial occurrences. 

Some competitions may provide individualized game, misconduct and supplemental reports. 

In addition to the U.S. Soccer Federation Policy 531-9, officials should consider the following when submitting a U.S. Soccer Supplemental Referee Report related to instances of referee assault or referee abuse:

At a minimum, supplemental reports related to referee assault or referee abuse should be sent to the following:

After submitting reports related to misconduct, assault or abuse, an official should acknowledge all correspondences related to the report and advise any authorized panel of availability to attend a disciplinary hearing if requested.  If requested to participate in a disciplinary hearing, either in person or by phone, an official should cooperate fully throughout the proceedings. 


Registered and certified officials have the responsibility to officiate games among youth, adult and professional teams which are affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Federation so that affiliated teams do not have a shortage of qualified officials for their competitions. 

Unaffiliated competition refers to teams and leagues that meet any of the following criteria in relation to the U.S. Soccer Federation:


In addition to the U.S. Soccer Federation Polices 531-1 and 531-6, officials should take steps to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest. 

An active official may serve on the administrative committees or board of a competition or State Association (except as restricted by U.S. Soccer Federation Policy 531-1).  An active official may officiate in a competition or State Association while also being a member but should adhere to the following:

"Vested interest" is defined as when the official or a member of the official's family (spouse, child or parent) or that person's team may be affected by the outcome of the proceeding or match.


The use of vanishing spray is prohibited by officials unless approval for use during an affiliated competition is given by U.S. Soccer. 

Requests should be made by the appropriate affiliated competition authorities and these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis provided the following minimum requirements are met: