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Montgomery County Soccer Association

Next Referee Course

Next available clinics: 
Available Clinics

All who wish to become referees should:

1.  Access your physical fitness.  Referees are on their feet all day. You are required to stand, sprint, jog, and walk for the entirety of the day.  You will want to be able to run/jog for at least five to six miles continuously.  If you cannot do that at this time, then work on conditioning this summer.  A soccer referee has to run six to eight miles throughout a soccer game. They must follow the action in the game at all times and make sure they are close to the ball to observe any incidents. This requires near-constant movement from referees.

2.  Meet the minimum age to get started.  The United States Soccer Federation requires that you are at least 13 years of age before you can even begin the process of becoming a referee. This includes the online portion.

3.  Go to: Click on the New Referee tab.  Click on the tab: Steps to Becoming A Referee.  You will need to follow these steps in order and completely.  Once in the Officials Management System, click on the New Member Registration.  Create your account for the 2023 year, agree to the terms and conditions, and pay the required fees.  Once you pay these, you are good to go to start the online class.  IF you are over 18-years-old, you will need to complete the background check, so plan accordingly.  These may take up to two weeks to get back.  Check your email often.  You can complete the online portion while waiting.  If you would like to do your field training in Clarksville, then select Clarksville location on 2/5/23.  We will have several representatives there from MCSA local assignor, TN State Assignor, and TN State Trainers. 

4.  The online class, background check (if over 18), and the field training must be completed prior to working as a referee.  You can go head and order your referee uniform while waiting for the field training class and I would recommend doing so.  These can be ordered from  You are looking for Grassroots Soccer Ref uniform kit.  If you are refereeing in Clarksville, please order the green shirt and two striped socks. 

*Must complete the online class prior to in person class.*


General Information for Montgomery County Referees


Officiating USSF affiliated games in Clarksville/Montgomery County requires that the referee is a certified USSF Referee and assigned the game they are officiating by a USSF Assignor.

What to know-
- You must be certified with the United States Soccer Federation in order to officiate all matches
- We pay our referees for each game that they work for our organization
- We wear uniforms that must be purchased prior to working (this will be covered in the certification class in more detail)
- We allow ages 13-99 and encourage all to get certified
- MCSA provides a "Mentor" program that is set up to better all officials
- Select referees will have the opportunity to work higher level matches both in Clarksville and surrounding areas

Any questions or concerns should be sent to:
Sandy Josephs

Referee Beginner & Recertification Classes

Beginner class

Soccer Officials of Tennessee (SOT)

As a referee in "Middle Tennessee" you are supported by a centralized State Wide organization named The Soccer Officials of Tennessee.  This structure  is managed by a State Referee Council.  To help manage referee activities a web site has been created that you may  access by clicking the above hyperlink. 

 Register for "Beginner" & "Recertification" referee classes State Wide 

 Find information on upgrading to a higher referee grade level

 Read the state wide uniform policy on cold weather appearance

 Identify the personnel on the State Referee Council 

Online Misconduct Report System


Link to Online report page:   

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Montgomery County Soccer Association

P.O. Box 131 
Clarksville, Tennessee 37041

Email Us: [email protected]
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