Interested in being a Soccer Referee?

DCG Soccer is looking for enthusiastic people to join its team of referees. You must be 13 years of age or older, have passed a certified entry-level soccer referee clinic, or recertified within the last 12 months.

Bonus and annual registration fee reimbursement opportunities available.

If you have interest or questions, please contact us at

Referee Resources

Additional information can be found at:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)?

Soccer Ball
U5-U8 Size 3, U9-U12 Size 4, U13 and up Size 5

Shin Guards
are REQUIRED and MUST BE WORN AT EACH PRACTICE & GAME for the player's own protection

Soccer Shoes
May be general athletic shoes or soccer cleats (recommended)


How can I become a soccer referee? 

By attending an Entry-Level Referee course.

What are the requirements of the course?

You should be physically fit, emotionally mature, at least 12 years of age, and have the time available to referee games.

How do I sign up for an entry-level course?

Course dates and times will be posted to the Calendar of Events. Find a clinic that you would like to take and then click on the event to register for it. All courses require pre-registration before attending.

What type of entry-level courses are offered?

Two types of USSF Entry-Level Courses are offered locally by the Soccer Clubs and Referee Associations. They are the Referee Grade 8 and Recreational Referee Grade 9 courses. The Referee Grade 8 course is typically taught over two days. You must attend the full class, and pass a 50-question multiple choice exam (80% correct is needed to pass). The cost of the course is $55. The Recreational Referee Grade 9 course is an 8-hour, single-day course. You must attend the class, and pass a 50-question multiple choice exam (80% correct is needed to pass). The cost of the course is $40. US Soccer also offers on-line pre-course modules found under Training & Tests. They take approximately 2 hours to complete. You can go at your own pace too. They are an excellent resource to prepare you for the Instructor-led Entry-Level Referee Class. Use SDI-mmddyy for the Clinic Number where "mmddyy" is the date you view a module.

What games can I referee once I have completed a course?

For Grade 8, you can be assigned as a Referee or an Assistant Referee for all youth games, including recreational and travel (or select) games. You can also be assigned as a Referee or an Assistant Referee to competitive Youth games, depending on the age and experience of the referee. You will typically start out working the younger age groups; and, as you gain experience, move on to the older age groups. For Grade 9, you can be assigned as a Referee or Assistant Referee on recreational youth games for players 14 years old and younger only.

After I pass the course, how do I get assigned games to referee?

A Referee Assignor will schedule your games. You will be given a list of the local assignors either during or immediately after the referee course. It is your responsibility to contact the Assignor, let them know you completed the course, and are ready to referee games. The most important things the Assignor needs to know are your availability to do games, your e-Mail address, and phone number. Check the Assignment page for a list of registered assignors in Iowa.

How do I continue to referee games after my first year?

All referees must re-certify and re-register each year by attending a single 4-hour instructor-led re-certification class or completing the online version. Referee certification is valid for each calendar year; however, re-certifications can start as early as July for the following year. If you first certified as a referee between July and December, your certification is valid for the remainder of that year and for the entire next calendar year. If you originally became certified in the first half of the year, then your certification is valid through December of that year. There are various re-certification classes conducted throughout the state, and these can be found on the Calendar of Events. In Iowa, referees are expected to re-register for the following year between August 1 and November 1 without a penalty. Referees who miss this 90-day registration window are assessed a late fee. Additionally, if you do not re-register during the normal registration window, you run the risk of not receiving a new Referee Badge.
DCG Soccer Club is organized for the purpose of furthering and promoting the development of soccer in Dallas Center, Grimes, and the surrounding area.
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