How to Become a Referee

UpdatedTuesday August 10, 2021 byJoseph Borowski.

The RSA Program's goal is to create and grow a qualified and well-trained group of referees.  Currently we run 2 programs:

  1. Our in-town Division 6 First & Second Grade Soccer League.Referees are all eligible 7th and 8th grade players from our program

  2. RSA Recreational League Games:  NEW for 2021 is our play in the new Western Bergen Cooperative Soccer League.  This program requires all referees to become USSF Grassroots Certified.  Doing so will allow referee to also handle games for NCSA, etc.  Proceed to the Grassroots Certification section to learn more.

The Division 6 in-town program is the first step in attaining that goal and enablement of our intent of maintaining a safe and enjoyable playing environment for Ramsey Soccer players of all ages and skill levels.  Please proceed to the Division 6 Referee section for more information regarding this program.

For our graduating 8th grade referees who are interested in continuing to the next level of being a soccer referee, as well as all other individuals interested in becoming a Soccer Referee, it is important to plan now and understand all the options and requirements for proper certification.

Proceed to the Grassroots Receree Certification section that will outline steps to take and requirements requirements towards becoming a certified Referee.

The New Jersey State Referee Committee (NJSRC) administrates classes which certify and register successful attendees to become a USSF referee. 

Upon successful completion of your license, I will proceed to put you on our Referee list for our Fall Season.  RSA will hold a MANDATORY pre-season Kick-off meeting late August or early September.  At this meeting, we will review all processes, requirements, game-day procedures, rules, etc.  I will also be asking for your initial weekly availability.  Each weekend we have well over 20 Ramsey Home Games – there is plenty of work to go around for everyone.  You can choose to work as many or as few games as your schedule allows.  Note for first year referees, you will be paired with a seasoned referee to learn the game, etc. so you will not be assigned alone!  We run 2 or 3 man crews depending on level of play.  Please note that that all rec games are played on Saturday mornings (Girls) at 9:00 and 11:00am and Sunday afternoons (Boys) at 1:15 and 3:00pm. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any and all further questions that you may have though email.  I will answer them as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest and support of Ramsey Soccer.  I look forward to you joining us on the pitch in the Fall 2021 Season!

Joe Borowski, RSA Referee Coordinator