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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 Referee Course through “Grassroots Online Course” Certification

  • Register as a Recreation Referee through

  •  Send an e-mail to [email protected] with your contact information (see Continued section below with details)

  • Attend an 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 Grassroots Referee Certification

  • If you would like to become a referee for the MUSC recreation program, you must first obtain a "Grassroots Referee" license by completing the US Soccer Referee 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.
  • Entry Grassroot Referee classes can be completed through

Registering as a Ref with Montclair United Soccer Club

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], and include...

  • Full Name:
  • School Grade Level:
  • Cell Phone:
  • Home Phone:
  • E-mail(s):
  • USFID license number:


  • 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.

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

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  or Email it to [email protected]
  • 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.



For MUSC Recreation Referee training and certification please go to

Welcome to the first step in becoming a soccer referee!

Effective July 1, 2019, US Soccer has introduced the name Grassroots Referee to replace the former "grades" of 7, 8, and 9.  The US Soccer Digital Learning Center has also became the hub for all registration activities. 

You must be 13 or older to set up an account in the Learning Center.

Step 1: Create a Profile at US Soccer Referee Learning Center 


Step 2: Register for and complete the Grassroots Online Course

· 100% of the Grassroots Online Course must be completed before attending the In-Person Course. Estimated time to complete is 4.5-6 hours. 

· In order to participate in the In-Person Course (field session) you must have completed your online training by 8 pm the evening prior to the field session. If you do not, you will not be permitted to attend and full refunds will not be given. We strongly suggest that you bring a copy of your online training Certification of Completion to the field session.


Step 3: Register for an In-Person Course in the Learning Center

· The field session will be held rain or shine. Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of your session. You must be checked in at registration before the scheduled start of your session. Late arrivals will not be permitted to participate but must reschedule.   

· Class should run for about 2 hours.

· This is an active session; please dress appropriately. Sandals are not permitted; sneakers or turf shoes are recommended. Please bring water as none will be provided. We will be providing you with your first referee whistle and a set of yellow/red cards, which you will use at the field session.

· Registration for a field clinic includes US Soccer licensing and liability insurance. This fee also includes a US Soccer Referee uniform and Starter Kit from Official Sports. Information on ordering will be e-mailed to you after you attend your field clinic.

The following graphic depicts levels of referee certification through U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program replacing previous "Grade" system.

Grassroots - First-time Referees

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  • This course is for new, first time referees that have not been previously certified or registered.
  • Grassroots referees can officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth and amateur adult matches.


  • In order to certify as a First Time Grassroots Referee, you must

Course Requirements

First Time Grassroots Referees must complete four (4) assignments in the Learning Center, attend an in-person field session and, if over the age of 18, complete an NCSI background check.

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