How to Become a Soccer Referee in Virginia: Steps and What to Know

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If you want to become a soccer referee in Virginia, here’s what you need know about the process and if it’s worth it.

Options to Become a Soccer Referee in Virginia

There are several different options for becoming a soccer referee in Virginia. Some organizations require you to pay for courses. Others recognize the desperate need for referees and don’t charge any fees. There are many jobs available that don’t require any previous experience. Higher-level (and usually higher-paying) games require you to work at lower levels first.

There are several places where you can look for referee job opportunities. You may also want to check out other side hustles you can do as a second job.

Adult Soccer Referee Jobs in Virginia

Many local recreational leagues hire their own referees. Contact the league directly for open positions.

More competitive leagues may hire referees certified by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) through the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program. To obtain your referee badge, you must first register and then pay a fee.

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Youth Soccer Referee Jobs in Virginia

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

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Virginia High School Soccer Referee Jobs

Virginia high schools play in the Virginia High School League. If you have experience in other sports, you can become an official for those sports as well.

College Student Soccer Referee Jobs

College students often take advantage of all of the above options. The flexible schedules work well with their school schedules. They also have the ability to earn extra income both at home and at school.

How old do you have to be to ref soccer in Virginia?

Virginia child labor laws allow referees as young as 12.

Each organization may have its own minimum age requirements to meet its hiring needs. Some high-level youth and adult sports leagues may require adult referees.

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). In addition to the minimum age requirements, be sure to research things like required breaks and the maximum hours minors can work.

How much do soccer referees make in Virginia?

Referees are usually paid per game. Fees range from about $15 to $80 depending on the level of play.

See Referee Taxes to see what you’ll owe in taxes.

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