BRYC hosts certification classes at the Kings Park Community Room in Springfield and a spring after-school program at Frost Middle School in Fairfax. These classes are for new referees and are usually scheduled in March and August. Our instructors are certified by the US Soccer Federation (USSF).
The best class for new referees is referred to as the "New Grade 8 Combo." After registering and paying the the fee to USSF, you will complete a series of online modules to become familiar with the Laws of the Game, then attend classroom sessions for 5-6 hours of instruction plus 2-3 hours of on-field sessions. Upon successful completion of the referee certification class, you will be certified as a USSF Grade 8 referee. This certification is appropriate for officiating all youth soccer games. After two seasons or upon turning age 16, you may take another class to upgrade to USSF Grade 7 referee. The upgrade class is about 7 hours and prepares you for officiating more competitive youth games plus amateur adult games.
New referees must attend the entire instructional program to receive certification. Parents of youth referees may audit BRYC-sponsored classes for free. There is no minimum age to attend the class and be certified to officiate games. However, Virginia child-labor laws prohibit youth referees from working for pay until they are 12 years old.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost for all classes is $70.00.
For a list of available classes in Northern Virginia, see www.vadcsoccerref.com. The BRYC-sponsored classes will appear on the list in early March and early August.