New (novice) referees
For a schedule of all clinics and events (re-certs, upgrade, instructor, assignor and assessor clinics, logon to GameOfficials.net and click the "Courses" tab.
The cost to register is currently $75 ($40.00 USSF fee, $10.00 State Administrative fee and $25.00 State clinic fee). Sponsoring organizations may charge an additional clinic fee of up to $25.00. Dues to a local referee association are voluntary and cannot be required as a condition of attending a clinic. New Referee Clinics cannot be used to satisfy the annual hours of instruction for currently registered referees. They may be used for current grade 9 referees to advance to grade 8.
Referee Recertification Clinic
Currently registered referees are required to attend a minimum of five (5) hours of instruction each year to maintain their status for the following year. These instructional hours will consist of three hours online and two hours in person at a re-certification clinic. There is no charge for currently licensed referees to attend these clinics but you must pay your annual regisration fee of $65.00. There may be separate clinics for persons 18 and over and for persons under 18.
Many of these meetings and clinics are held in conjunction with Local Referee Associations. Although membership in local referee associations is encouraged, it is not mandatory for a referee to be a member of a local referee association nor to pay local referee association dues.
Grade 7a referees and higher must pass an annual fitness test to register at the advanced grades. Becuase of the requirements for the new fitness tests, Fitness tests for grade 7 referees will no longer be held in the local districts. State level referees are expected to attend the fitness test held at the annual State Referee Re-Certification clinic unless arrangements have been made with the State Director of Instruction.
The State Referee Recertification Clinic is held each year to provide advanced instruction for State Level Referees. The State Referee recertification test is given at this meeting. All State Referees must attend this clinic or make arrangements with the State Director of Instruction to satisfy their in-service instructional requirements and take the State Referee test. Grade 7 referees are encouraged to attend this clinic.
This clinic is used to satisfy the requirements for a referee to upgrade from a Grade 8 to a Grade 7a and from grade 7 to 6. Please see the current Administrative Handbook for the additional requirements to upgrade.
Futsal is played on a hard surface court with a weighted ball. It is an international indoor soccer game and is gaining popularity throughout the United States and Ohio. Persons completing this course will be certified to officiate Futsal tournaments held throughout Ohio and neighboring states.
Referees who desire to become certified to officiate Futsal are required to take the Futsal Novice Course. Currently registered Futsal Referees will need to take an annual Futsal Re-Certification course to maintain their registration.