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New Referees

Below, you can find information about refereeing, the benefits, and some helpful hints on how to get started. For new MVSRA members, the information on this page can also provide you with the instructions to get you on your feet and ready to be assigned.

Being a soccer referee is challenging even in the best of times. One needs the inner strength and motivation to do the job and keep doing it over time. Refereeing may not be for everyone. Take a look at the following information to see if you are up to the challenge.

What does it take?


To become a referee with MVSRA, you must meet these qualifications:
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to successfully pass a criminal background check

Traits & Skills

Some helpful traits and skills that will benefit soccer referees include:
  • Patience
  • Unflappability (not easily perturbed or excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure)
  • Optimism
  • A comfort with people
  • Knowledge of the game, laws, rules, and spirit (being a former player is handy but not necessary; this will also come from training)
  • Physical fitness
  • Physical and mental maturity to handle the job


No previous experience required, training is provided by the MVSRA.

Why should I become a referee?

What about the job keeps people engaged to keep doing it? Below are a few responses from new and returning referees when asked why they became a referee.
  • Learn more about soccer
  • For the love of the game
  • Exercise
  • Provide a valuable service
  • Face new challenges everyday to grow
  • Make some money

What does it cost?

The start-up costs for becoming a soccer referee can vary. As a rough estimate, the initial costs include:

How much can I make?

Referees are Independent Contractors and receive game assignments based on availability and rank. The more availability in the afternooons (particularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays,) the more games; the more games, the more money.

The lowest levels pay about $35 per game. The highest levels pay about $68 per game. (Four games can cover your start-up costs.) Please refer to the Referee Pay Scale section for complete details.

How do I join the MVSRA?

Registration & Testing Information

  1. Register with the MVSRA
  2. Register with the OSAA
  3. Attend optional fitness test
  4. Attend meetings
  5. Complete a 10 minute online concussion course
  6. Pass an annual rules exam
Additional information can also be found within the Frequently Asked Questions.