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MUSC Recreation Referee


How to become a Referee for MUSC Recreation Program
(More detailed information on process follows this list)


  • Complete Ref Course through  for “Grade 9” Certification

  • Register as a Recreation Referee through

  • Attend a MUSC Referee orientation (at start of season, makeups by request) and receive free uniform and whistle

  • Familiarize yourself with our unique program rules of play for each age group and our referee/league policies

  • Fill out a W-9 and submit to 2 Pleasant Ave. Montclair NJ 07042 attn: Gretchen Burr in order to be paid

  • Send an e-mail to [email protected] with your availability to work during the upcoming Saturday

  • You will be assigned to shadow a referee for your 1st two games (Paid)

  • Print your first time sheet and bring it to your games.  

  • After they have been filled out and signed, email a photo of it to [email protected] and include your SSN on the first timesheet to be added to payroll.

  • Your first paycheck will arrive 7-10 business days after timesheet is received

  • Referees will be observed randomly throughout the season to award a $5/game raise to reliable, engaged, and knowledgeable referees.

NJ Refs Grade 9 Certification (continued)

If you would like to become a referee for the MUSC recreation program, you must first obtain a "Grade 9 Recreational Referee" license by attending a Grade 9 licensing course offered through the New Jersey Referee Committee.  This class is geared toward the youth referee who wants to start officiating recreational games as well as working as an assistant referee for competitive travel games up to U14.

Referee courses are currently offered by NJ Referee Committee.  You can find a listing of courses by going to the NJ Referee Committee's website.  [Once you are at their website, click on the Becoming a Referee link and scroll down the page to find the grade 9 recreational referee class listings]. (MUSC is not affiliated with the NJ Referee Committee).  The term Grade 9 does not refer to a person's grade in school, but refers to a specific level of referee certification.

Registering as a Ref with Montclair United Soccer Club (continued)

After completing your referee certification class, there are a few more steps to complete before being able to referee with us.

Step 1: You must register  as a recreational referee through our website at  If you have played for MUSC before, the registration process through the website is the same as if you were signing up as a player.  Be sure your contact information is correct as our e-mails are sent via the contact information in your registration.

Step 2: You must send an e-mail to this address, [email protected]  , with your...

Full Name:

School Grade Level:

Cell Phone:

Home Phone:


USFID license number:

Orientation (continued)

You must attend our New Referee's Orientation before you can be assigned games.  It is required that you attend because it is at this meeting that you will learn about our referee policies, how to get on the schedule, what to do in case of uncommon problems.  You will need to bring your badge to this meeting to show the assignor.

If you are joining us in the middle of a season, please contact us at [email protected], to set up an orientation meeting.


At the new referee orientation you will receive your referee uniform and whistle (for free) and there are no other mandatory uniforms or equipment needed to ref with MUSC.

Getting Ready for Your First Games

Before going out to the fields,you must READ the customized Rules of the Game that we use in our recreation program at MUSC.  Each age group has specific rules, so study the appropriate division rules.

MUSC General Game Rules


Getting on the Schedule

You must send in your availability each week during the season to [email protected] .  

Do not send an email before the Sunday of the upcoming week.  

Do not send in one general “I am available from 9-12 every Saturday” because you will likely be left off of the next schedules.  Even if you plan on always being able to work--still re-send an availability each week.

Feel free to make requests to work with specific age groups, specific fields, or with another specific referee.  

If you are responsible and work well together (not goofing around) we will try to accommodate your requests.  If we receive complaints from coaches, you will not be assigned to work together again.

Getting Paid

In order to be paid you must complete a W-9 form, available by clicking here, and deliver it to

2 Pleasant Ave.  Montclair NJ 07042 Attention:  Gretchen Burr

Each week you will need to print out a Time Sheet, and bring it to your games to fill out (yourself) and have signed by coaches after each game.  

To be paid speedily, we recommend taking a photo of your timesheet immediately after your last game of the day and email it straight to [email protected]

Paper checks should be delivered to your home 7-10 business days from the day you email your timesheet.



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