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New Referee Training - Saturday, July 20 - Leo Mullen Sports Park


We apologize for any confusion. US Soccer has instituted a number of changes to the referee program that took effect as of July 1 (we were alerted of them on July 2.)

The traditional entry-level GRADE 8 badge is being replaced by a ‘Grassroots’ badge. This will still allow referees access to both recreational and competitive assignments.

The minimum age has been raised to 13. The candidate must be 13 to begin the on-line training. The site will not allow anyone 12 or younger to proceed.

The fee remains $55, but $20 is being paid to US Soccer and $35 now goes directly to Cal South.

To accommodate the changes. we have delayed our field training by a week. The Encinitas field training is now scheduled for SATURDAY, JULY 20 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

  • The Grassroots on-line course is available HERE. ($20 cost)
  • The Field Training classes can be found HERE.  ($35 cost)

What else you’ll need:

1. A starter referee kit (available at Score Sports and other online retailers).

2. Black athletic shoes

3. Digital watch with a countdown function

Who should take the course? Most of our new candidates are youth players looking to create some income. However, we held our tournament at the end of June and you might have come away believing that we needed more adult referees. This is your chance to fill the void, as there simply never enough qualified adult refs available. If you thought it was easy calling the game from your spot on the touchline, just think how much easier it will be if you are in the middle of the field and closer to the action. Take the plunge and sign up. Do it with your child (or children) and you can be a referee crew by this time next year.

Encinitas Express uses the San Diego County Soccer Referees Association ( to assign our games and our referees are members of that association.   Our assignor is Chris White.  If you are a certified referee, please visit their website to join.

To join the association, you must be currently licensed to referee by USSF.  Encinitas Express sponsors one referee certification/recertification class annually in the spring.  Classes in other locations are available most weekends during the spring and summer.  A complete list of classes can be found at Choose the "referees" tab and search for classes and clinics.

We want our sidelines to be the BEST BEHAVED and MOST POSITIVE in all of San Diego.  That means that the parents make positive comments to the players ("Good idea!", "Go Blue", "Unlucky", etc.) as opposed to either coaching their kids or complaining about calls to the referees.  Please enjoy the game and respect our players, coaches and referees.


Rick Lochner

Referee Coordinator