SYA Referee Minimum Age, Point Of Entry Course, and Administrative Procedures

The minimum age of 13 is required by the State of Virginia's Child Labor Laws for a minor to work in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a sports official. A referee must be 13 by the opening day of the respective soccer season.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AGE FOR BEGINNING TEEN REFEREES IS 14. THE AGE OF 14 AS ADVOCATED BY THE USSF INSTRUCTORS 14 HAS PROVEN THAT TEENS HAVE THE MATURITY AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS FOR COMPREHENDING THE TECHNICAL COURSE FOR BECOMING A REEREE AND HAVING THE NECESSARY PEOPLE/SOCIAL SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH OTHER REFEREES, COACHES, AND PARENTS. Each state sets its own minimum age requirements for minors to work for different occupations.
Point of entry course for new soccer referees is the USSF Grade 9 course.
For a complete listing of all USSF courses offered by the Virginia State Referee Program, please contact www.vadcsoccerref.com and follow directions under CLASS SEARCH.  This listing changes frequently.  All classes are limited in size, require pre-registration, pre-payment, have a registration deadline, and NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS are permitted.
For referees who were certified in another state or took the 2004 new or recertification course offered by the Virginia State Referee Program at another club's sponsored USSF course, please contact Shirley Brice, SYA Soccer Referee Coordinator at email address of syasocrefassignor@cox.net so we can assist you with administrative procedures for updating your records with the SYA Soccer Referee Program.