San Diego County Soccer Referees' Association

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Joining SDCSRA

If you are thinking of joining our association? Please read through and complete all the sections below on this page.

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You must complete all the items in the list below before you can begin to referee for SDCSRA. Once all these steps below are complete one of the SDCSRA assignors will contact you to start assigning you games in your area.

  • Register with CalSouth
  • Take, complete & pass the CalSouth course & test
  • Join the SDCSRA association
  • New to soccer & refereeing please ask an assignor to join our Entry Level Referee Program (ELRP)
  • Availability forms must be completed for every tournament and start of league season.
  • Create an Arbiter Pay account as well as Arbiter Account so that the association can assign you games and pay you electronically.
  • When you receive the “Welcome” email from SDCSRA through Arbiter, complete your profile. Also remember to CLICK the “ready to be assigned” box at the top as the page as well as set your blocks and travel limits. If you don't receive an email welcoming you to Arbiter & SDCSRA contact your local assigner.

  • You should not give the same availability to different assignors or other associations!
  • An assignment is a FIRM commitment, just like any other job.
  • Things do come up, and referees sometimes need to cancel. Let your assignor know as soon as you know, and the reason should be for something valid. Canceling because you were offered a higher level game by another assignors is unacceptable.
  • Cancellations are one of the most difficult things that assignors have to deal with, please be respectful and professional.

  • You should always be at your assigned game at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time, unless you have made prior arrangements with your assignor.
  • If you do anything different from what you are assigned, contact you assignor ASAP and let them know exactly what you did and who you were with. Get names! (The skinny blond haired kid, will make it difficult.)
  • If there are not three referees for the games that you are assigned, let the assignor know ASAP. You must also let the assignor know who else was there, if anyone.
  • Complete all game paperwork and submit to the appropriate league official immediately.

The San Diego County Soccer Referees' Association (SDCSRA) operates a USSF referee development program under Cal South, as specified by the National Referee Committee.

  • Entry Level Referee Program (ELRP) is designed for new referees with no experience. We provide the new official an opportunity to officiate a game with an experience referee and receive positive feedback from a mentor. This program also requires the new official to watch at least one game with the mentor and ask questions.
  • In-Service Instructional Classes - SDCSRA provides Inservice Instructional Classes at all monthly general meetings, except June and July, one hour of in-service training by certified USSF Instructors that counts toward your instruction requirements for yearly referee re-certification. In the months of June and July, SDCSRA instructional classes focus on league specific training.
  • Youth Referee Mentoring Program (YRMP) - YRMP or Yourh Referee Mentoring Program is part of the Cal-South Youth Mentor Program. The YRMP program is for youth soccer referees who are under age 21 and who want to advance to higher levels of soccer officiating, mainly the professional level of soccer. Past members of this program have advanced to become USSF National referees and work in the NASL, MLS, WUSA, WPS, USL, and MISL.
  • Referee Pro Development (RPD) - RPD is part of the Cal South ARDP program. The RPD program is for soccer referees who want to advance to higher levels of soccer officiating, mainly the professional level of soccer. The group meets once a month for training on the field and in the classroom. There are special sessions held in other locations as set by USSF and Cal Souoth. Sessions usually last three hours, one-hour physical, and two hours mental. Physical training consists of small-sided games, long runs, sprinting, and other activities. Mental training consists of discussions on refereeing soccer at the highest level. With the use of actual game situations and video, the group discusses calls and the outcome of referee decisions. All sessions counts toward your instruction requirements for yearly referee re-certification. The current group of referees involved in ARDP includes referees who currently work in the MLS, WUSA, USL, MISL and the NISOA. Officials in the group have game experience at the international level as well as many top amateur and youth tournaments.

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