Officiating Overview

Our games are officiated by volunteers (parents & siblings), club referees or city association referees, depending on the age division.

WSC wants to improve the playing environment for our youth players to enhance both player and character development. Our club aims to change the climate of youth soccer and elevate our conduct as players, coaches, spectators, and referees to a higher level. Find out more about Respect, Fair Play & Conduct at our club.

 
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u06/U07 Volunteer Referees

Games are officiated by volunteers (usually parents, older siblings or coaches.

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U08/U09 Mod Referees

Home games are officiated by WSC-trained and scheduled "Mod" Referees.

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U10+ SSRA Referees

Games are officiated by referees provided through the Seattle Soccer Referee Association (SSRA) and coordinated by SYSA.

Volunteer Referee (U06/U07)

Refereeing Mod games is not difficult. It is suggested that the coach does not referee their own games. If a U9 Mod Referee is not provided for your game, it is important to grab a volunteer for this task. This allows the coach to focus on coaching. A volunteer can be a parent or an older teenage kid; and no certification is required.

Need Help? Refer to our Officiating Fundamentals for this age group

 

Club “Mod” Referee (U08/U09)

In 2013 the club established a program to give 11-13 year olds an opportunity to learn how to officiate U08 & U09 games. The games for these two age groups are interclub (against Ballard, Queen Anne, & Lake City club teams), where each club is responsible for providing trained/mentored referees to officiate games conducted on their home fields. The goal is to see those kids continue on to officiate U10+ games (scheduled & managed by SYSA, with officials assigned though the SSRA) as well as extend their referee credentials to high levels.

More information on the Club Referee Program is available

What if your game has no assigned Referee?

If a referee from WSC or another club is not provided for your game, identify a willing and capable volunteer, such as a parent or older youth, for this task (It is recommended that the coaches do not referee their own games). This allows the coach to focus on coaching.

 

SSRA Referee (U10+)

Games are officiated by referees provided through the Seattle Soccer Referee Association (SSRA) and coordinated by SYSA.

  • U-10 to U-11 games are officiated by referees that are a minimum of 11 years old; mentoring is provided.

  • U-12 to U-19 games require Grade 8 level certification which is assessed by the Washington State Referee Committee (WSRC).