On completion of your initial clinic and receipt of your USSF referee badge, you should ask your instructor for the names of your local assignor(s) and his/her email address. You should immediately email your assignor(s) and let them know you are a registered USSF referee ready to work. The assignor will confirm your current registration from the list of referees provided by the State Referee Administrator. The assignor can now assign you games. Always communicate with your assignor and let them know you are or are not available for games. Each assignor may have a system for scheduling referees.
Independent Tournament Assignments
Many clubs host USSF sanctioned tournaments. These are published on the SCYSA website under tournaments. Contact your local assignor, ARA, or check the SCYSA website to find the tournament assignors name. Contact that assignor to let him/her know that you are available to work the tournament. Most tournaments have websites where you can find that info.
State Run Tournaments
Each year the SCYSA (SC Youth Soccer Association) holds state championship tournaments for various youth age groups. To participate as a referee at any of these tournaments, you must be nominated by your Area Referee Administrator (ARA) and accepted by the State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA). Contact your ARA and let him/her know that you are interested.
Other Tournaments and Leagues
Other tournaments and leagues include adult tournaments/leagues, indoor leagues and tournaments, regional youth and adult tournaments, and ODP tournaments. To get more information on these league and tournaments, contact your local ARA.
The completion and submission of reports is an important duty of an official. If required by the competition, the U.S. Soccer Referee Report can be used to submit standard game information.
If needed, and in addition to the U.S. Soccer Referee Report, the U.S. Soccer Supplemental Referee Report can be used for instances of referee assault, referee abuse, dismissal of team officials, sending-off offenses, serious injuries, game abandonment or other substantial occurrences.
Some competitions may provide individualized game, misconduct and supplemental reports.
In addition to the U.S. Soccer Federation Policy 531-9, officials should consider the following when submitting a U.S. Soccer Supplemental Referee Report related to instances of referee assault or referee abuse:
- Complete a U.S. Soccer Referee Report to record the basic game data
- Provide a clear, concise and factual account of what happened
- Include all relevant information to identify the persons involved
- Do not give opinions or recommendations
- Confirm the details in the report with all other officials
- File the report within 48 hours of the incident
- Retain a copy of all reports for future reference
- Multiple incidents may require the use of multiple supplemental reports
At a minimum, supplemental reports related to referee assault or referee abuse should be sent to the following:
- Competition authorities (e.g., local league, tournament director, cup coordinator, etc.)
- State President with jurisdiction for the competition
- State Referee Administrator
After submitting reports related to misconduct, assault or abuse, an official should acknowledge all correspondences related to the report and advise any authorized panel of availability to attend a disciplinary hearing if requested. If requested to participate in a disciplinary hearing, either in person or by phone, an official should cooperate fully throughout the proceedings.