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Referee Certification

In order to referee in any CSA - Lobos Rush program or event you must become certified with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)

Beginner Referees Registering for a Class

To begin refereeing with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), you first need to take an entry-level referee course. In Tennessee, we offer two entry-level referee courses. One certifies you to become a grade-8 referee and the other certifies you to become a grade-9 referee. Here the term "grade" has nothing to do with one’s level in elementary or secondary school. Grade 8 & grade 9 are refereeing levels assigned by USSF.

Grade-8 referees may officiate youth-level matches at a competitive level (Divisions 2 and 3). Grade-9 referees (sometimes referred to as “recreational” referees) may officiate youth-level matches at a recreational level (Division 4) that are U14-and-below. These matches are often "small sided" matches. Grade-8 referees may referee recreational matches, but grade-9 referees are not supposed to referee competitive matches. There are far more grade-8 referees in Tennessee than grade-9 referees -- for every grade-9 referee there are almost 40 grade-8 referees. Unless you are training to referee for a specific club that is recreational, we suggest that you become a grade-8 referee instead of a grade-9 referee, if that's possible. To take the grade-8 entry-level referee course you must be 12 years old on the first day of class. There are no exceptions to this rule. As referees advance to higher grades--grade 7, grade 6, and so on--they are required to demonstrate their continued qualification for their grade through "maintenance" assessments and sustained high level competition experience. Each referee at Grade 7A or higher is required to successfully pass a physical fitness field examination. The results of this testing are recorded to fulfill part of the annual registration / re-certification qualifications. In rare circumstances, referees who fail to maintain their qualifications are "down graded" and this is reflected on their next registration.

The West Tennessee Soccer Referee Association (WTSRA) oversees all referee certification in our area.  For more information click HERE and for a list of approved classes click HERE

Rec Referees

Collierville Soccer Association runs a large recreational soccer program during the spring & fall and are always in need or qualified referees.  With flexible scheduling, age groups from U8 to U19 and very competitive rates of pay, its an excellent environment for both new and experienced referees.

If interested, please contact our Head Referee, David Delgado via email [email protected]

Tournament Referees

Referee assignment for our 8 annual tournaments is managed by Mark Herrington and

Please visit for more information and to submit your availability.


475 E. South Street, Suite 112
Collierville, Tennessee 38017

Phone: 901-854-8724
Email: [email protected]


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