Advice to New Referees

Advice to New Referees


US Soccer Federation You Tube Videos

US Soccer Federation created You Tube videos to help new referees prepare for and deal with the everyday challenges of being an official AND provide practical advice that empowers you to succeed and HAVE FUN!

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Getting Started

You've taken the certification course, but what do you need to know before you go to your first game.

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Making a Good impression

It's important for Referees of all ages and experience levels to make a good impression before each and every game.  Players, Coaches & Spectators can make judgements before you even blow your whistle to start the game.  Doing your best to a make good impression is easier than you think.  Watch the video below.

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The Pre-Game Conference

When working games as part of a Referee Team, it is important that each official be fully aware of the need to communicate with one another quickly, clearly & accurately.  A pre-game conference should be performed before every game.  Learn the 4 key characteristics by clicking on the video button below.


U.S. Soccer is committed to producing referee education resources aimed at supporting the nearly 150,000 officials across the country regularly working amateur games at the youth and adult levels. These video resources will focus on both the interpretation and application of the Laws of the Game while also providing advice on practical refereeing.