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Referee Program - FAQs
*How do I become a referee?
The Great Falls Reston SC Referee Program requires its officials to be at least 13 years of age.  To become a referee, you must complete the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) certification course for Grassroots Referees.  The course is a combination of online modules and a field training session of practical instruction for Entry Referee candidates, and both must be passed to get your referee badge.

To register for the Entry course, go to the Metro DC - Virginia State Referee Program website and read the directions to register to become a referee.  This is a two-step process and will take some time.

*At which level should I start?
The Great Falls Reston Referee Program recommends all new Referees begin at the Entry level.  This refers to the level of officiating you qualify for through the certification course. 

*How much will it cost?
Initial registration with the State of Virginia is $85.  Your gear will be approximately $50-$75.  At the end of each calendar registration year, in order to remain a registered official, you have to re-certify–presently also $85.  There is no cost to register with the Great Falls Reston SC Referee Program.  Fees are subject to change and are set by the State Referee Program, and not set by the Great Falls Reston SC Referee Program.

*What gear do I need?
You will need referee shorts (not basketball shorts), a yellow referee jersey, black referee socks with 2 white stripes, black shoes (black sneakers or black cleats), a watch with a stop-watch function, a set of flags, referee data wallet with red and yellow cards, game report forms, and a whistle.  A bag to put all this in is also helpful.

*How are games assigned to me?
All games are obtained through the Club’s official Referee Assignor.  To work with the Great Falls Reston Referee Program, you will need to register separately as a Referee on the Club website at  Click on the ‘Register’ tab and follow the prompts on the page.  Log-in to your account, or create a New Account.  On the 'My Account' page, check the Programs Available tab (if shown), or the Volunteer Opportunities box.  Complete the registration procedure as indicated.  You do not need to upload a picture or a copy of your birth certificate when registering as a Referee.  Games are assigned based on the age level of the teams playing and your level of experience.  The Referee Program’s Assignor is Ian Winstanley at [email protected].

*Is there a mentoring program? 
Yes.  The Referee Program’s mentors are at the fields on game days to offer advice and support to all our officials.  Each season (Spring and Fall) begins with a pre-season meeting, and all of our referees are expected to attend, especially newly-certified officials. 

*How much will I get paid? 
This depends on both the age level of the game to which you are assigned, and the role you are undertaking - whether you are a center referee or an assistant referee.  The Great Falls Reston Referee Program pay scale is distributed to all attendees at the pre-season meetings.  The center referee on each game is required to submit a game report online to the Assignor in order to get paid. 

*When will I get paid?
Each season, the Great Falls Reston SC Referee Program issues a mid-season payment (usually 2-3 weeks following Week 4 of the season), and an end of season payment (usually 2-3 weeks after the season ends).  Payments are deposited directly into the bank account nominated by the referee, at no charge. 

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Please reach out to GFR Referee Assignor, Ian Winstanley, at [email protected] if you have any other questions.  

Great Falls Reston Soccer Club PO Box 836 
Great Falls, Virginia 22066 Phone: 703-859-6267
Email: [email protected]


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