CYSA Referee's Corner

Notice:  Club Referee registration for our Fall Recreational Soccer program ends when player registration ends.  USSF referees may be added at anytime.




The Rhode Island State Referee Committee (RISRC) offers annual USSF certification courses for referees

who would like to develop their understanding and knowledge of the rules of soccer. 


Currently, classes have been posted on the RISRC website ( for new and existing referees.

The class descriptions on the site offer information about what course might be right for you.Grade 9 or

Grade 8 certifications are recommended for youth referees.

Club referees (referees who only officiate CYSA Recreational matches) are trained annually by CYSA.  You do not need to be USSF Certified for rec matches and becoming a club referee is a great way to try refereeing without making the investment in becoming USSF Certified.  Competitive matches are only officiated by USSF certified officials.


If you have any questions about certifications, please contact our Director of Referees.






Director of Referees


How old do you have to be to referee for CYSA?

The age requirement to become a CYSA recreational referee is 11 years old as of August 1st.Referees must have a minimum of 2 years soccer experience.


How do I become a CYSA referee?

You have to sign up on the CYSA website and complete an instructional clinic(s) scheduled by the Director of Referees. Usually held in August prior to the season.


What is the cost to become a referee?

There is a $10 cost to become a new recreational referee.CYSA provides a referee t-shirt with that fee.Referees are responsible for their own whistle, flag(s), black shorts, stopwatch, etc.


How do I get assigned games?

Games are assigned by the Director of Referees based on state certification, years of experience, evaluation of coaches, and conflict of interests.


How do I get paid and how much?

Game fees are determined by age group and referee responsibilities. Referees get compensated the following Saturday after their assignment(s).


How do I become a state certified referee?

The Rhode Island Soccer Referee Committee certifies referees through several methods during the year. (Visit RISRC.NET for more information)You only need to become certified to referee year round in state sponsored leagues such as:Superliga, NSL, etc.