Chelmsford Youth Soccer Association

Becoming a Referee

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Want to become a referee?

If you are interested in become a referee for Chelmsford Youth Soccer you must meet the following requirements:

1)      You are at least 12 years old

2)      Have a basic understanding of the Laws of the Game

3)      Are willing to undergo the required training and maintain your certification each year


The following three steps are required to be eligible to referee for CYSA:

1)      Take a referee certification course with the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC)

2)      Register to referee with the CYSA Referee Director

3)      Obtain a uniform

4)      Attend a one hour CYSA training session on our in town U8 program


Take a referee certification course with MSRC

Referees who work for Chelmsford Youth Soccer are certified by the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC).  This is a requirement to referee for any organization registered and insured through Massachusetts Youth Soccer.  To certify go to the MSRC website at and register for a grade 8 or grade 9 certification course.  Grade 9 referees are between the ages of 12 and 15, while grade 8 referees are 16 years old and older.  A couple of important points about MSRC courses:

1)      The courses are offered from January to March and again from July to August

2)      Courses fill up quickly, so plan ahead to find a course local to Chelmsford

3)      Certification is good for one year

4)      Upon completion you will receive a patch with your grade and year of certification

Register to referee with the CYSA Referee Director

To register as a referee email the CYSA Referee Director at  Provide the referee director with the following information:

1)      Name

2)      Age

3)      Date of MSRC Course (completed or planned date of course)

4)      Email address

5)      Phone Number

The referee director will add you to the CYSA referee database.  You will then receive important CYSA referee news along with emails asking for your availability to work games during the season.

Obtain a uniform

The uniform is an important part of your tool kit when working as a referee for CYSA.  The CYSA uniform for in town program consists of a yellow referee shirt, black shorts, referee socks (tall black w/ three stripes), a whistle and a time keeping device.  Cell phones, ipods, ipads are not acceptable time keeping devices.  Most referees find that a wrist watch with the ‘stopwatch’ function works best but basic stop watches work well also.  Uniforms can be obtained any many local sporting good stores such as Soccer Stuff in Acton.  There are also many online sites to purchase a uniform.

Attend a one hour CYSA training session on our in town U8 program

The CYSA Referee Director will hold one or two training sessions at the beginning of each season on our in town U8 program.  The CYSA U8 program is where all youth referees will begin working games.  U8 games are played with a 4v4 format and no keepers.  All new grade 9 referees must attend this training session.  New grade 8 referees will work with the CYSA Referee Director to determine the appropriate competition level to begin their referee career.