How to Become a Soccer Referee in Washington State

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If you’re looking to become a soccer referee in Washington state or want to learn more about the process and whether it’s worth it, here’s what you need to know.

Options to Become a Soccer Referee in Washington State

There are several different ways to become a soccer referee in Washington state. Some organizations require you to pay for refere clinics, while others recognize the desperate need for referees and don’t charge any fees. There are many jobs available that don’t require any experience, but harder (and usually higher-paying) games require you to work at lower levels first.

Here are some of the places you can look for referee jobs.

Adult Soccer Referee Jobs in Washington

Many local recreational leagues hire referees directly. Check the league website or contact the owner directly for more information.

More competitive leagues may use USSF-certified referees through the Washington State Referee Committee. This organization requires you to complete a registration process and pay a registration fee to receive your referee badge. View registration instructions here.




Youth Soccer Referee Jobs in Washington

Like adult soccer, there is a mix of different leagues. Recreational leagues often hire directly. Travel clubs under Washington Youth Soccer may use USSF-certified referees.




Washington High School Soccer Referee Jobs

Washington state high schools play in their own leagues. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has an agreement with the Washington Officials Association to provide school sports referees for these games. If you have experience with other sports, you can also become a high school sports official in those sports.

How old do you have to be to ref soccer in Washington State?

Washington State has a special child labor law allowing minors under the age of 14 to work as referees. Restrictions on hours of work and breaks still apply.

Some organizations may have higher age requirements to meet their needs. Higher-level youth and adult leagues may require adult referees only.

If you are hiring referees, you should be aware of the potential civil and criminal liabilities of not following the child labor laws especially if something happens to a minor while working (even if it’s never been a problem before). Referee assignors will typically be liable personally for any violations even if the organization who hired you said it was OK (and they will almost certainly not back you if there is a lawsuit).

How much do soccer referees make in Washington state?

Referees are paid per game. Typical rates vary between $20 to $70 depending on the level of play. New referees will usually start at the lower end of the pay scale, while an experienced soccer referee will usually make more.

You can learn about what taxes you’ll owe in this Sports Official Tax Guide.

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