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Interested in becoming a referee with Shenandoah Valley United Soccer Club?

Contact the SVU referee assignor with Questions: [email protected]


Dear SVU Families:

Support the game of soccer by becoming a referee!  This is a rewarding way to participate and assist others to play this great game. There are opportunities to be PAID to be involved in the game at all levels as a referee! Opportunities are available for referees beginning at age 13 (with no maximum age limit;).  We are prepared to train and assist fully certified referees and recreational referees.

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) establishes the training standards for fully certified soccer referees in the US. The entry level for new Referees for 2024 is called “Grassroots”.  A Grassroots referee is certified to work all youth matches (Rec, Challenge, Travel) and amateur Adult Leagues.

There is a 3 step process to getting certified as a referee. 

1. Create an member online account for 2024 at the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program’s "Officials Management System (OMS) - Link Below. 

2. Complete you online portion of the class (10 lessons) after selecting your course location.  - On your OMS Member Information Page, to the right of your reserved clinic, click on the "Online Lessons" button. 

3. The final step of your referee instruction is completing the field training session. Once you complete the 10 online lessons, your gray Online Lessons button will turn green.  This could take up to 24 hours after you complete the last lesson.  When it does, click on the "Pick a Clinic" button and pick a Field Training Clinic.

SVU will be hosting the field session on Saturday August 12th from 9:00am - 1:00pm @ Horizons Edge. Please note: you are eligible to referee for SVU regardless of the location of the class you participate in (if not Harrisonburg). 

Referees will have the opportunity to work with many different levels throughout our season. Rec, Challenge and Travel. If you are a player, we will work with your schedule to find matches that work for you! Referees can earn anywhere form $25.00 - $65.00 per match (age and level dependent). 

For all questions relating to referees, please contact SVU referee Assignor Ben Zimmerman at [email protected]

SVU Referee Program Overview

Become a Part of a Strong Community. 

SVU and Horizons Edge wants to grow our referee program and invest in You! 

Anyone taking a referee course, passing and reffing at least ten (10) games for Horizons Edge / SVU will be reimbursed for their certification fee.  This must be preapproved with a signed agreement.

We are committed to producing the best product possible when it comes to youth soccer, which also includes our referees. The Referee Program provides referees for the Recreation and Travel programs. Our referees are certified through the United States Soccer Federation and are part of the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program.

  1. If wanting to take advantage of the Sports Official Certification Fee Reimbursement, complete the agreement, submit and wait for approval.
  2. Register for a training course at (see certification pathway instructions)
  3. Once coursework is complete, present a copy of your certificate and badge.
  4. Register as a referee in Arbiter and connect with our Referee Assignor.
  5. Wait for assignment.
  6. Confirm assignment.

Sports Official Certification Fee Reimbursement Agreement

Referee Compensation Rates

Uniform & Equipment

You can search the internet for soccer referee uniform or equipment.  You should find many alternative brands and vendors.  You can also procure your referee kit at a soccer store.  Generally, retail stores are more expensive.  Official Sports is the brand that sponsors and is affiliated with US Soccer.  However, any brand should acceptable.  Be careful to procure the current referee shirt and socks styles.  You will see these during the Grassroots Referee Course and should be a resource at the US Soccer Learning Center.

A referee uniform/equipment kit is recommended and will provide all of your referee equipment to start and is the best value.  The kit includes:

  • Referee jersey (YELLOW is the SVU referee primary jersey color)
  • Referee shorts (or solid black shorts)
  • Referee socks (or solid black soccer socks)
  • Referee Flags
  • Whistle
  • Yellow and Red cards

In addition to the equipment listed above, referees will also need:

  • Black athletic shoes (Predominantly black.  Manufacturer logo of a different color is acceptable. Referee shoes should not be distracting or draw attention.)
  • Watch (with timer and/or stopwatch capability)



Shenandoah Valley United Soccer Club
325 Cornerstone Lane 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Phone: 540-383-6341
Email: [email protected]

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