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Referee Information

Thank you for giving your time and efforts to refereeing at Southern Soccer Academy. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned veteran, or a newly-qualified referee, we want to make sure that we as a club support your efforts and recognize the vital role you play in ensuring that all our players, parents, and coaches have a safe and enjoyable soccer experience.

To assist you in this process, we have an experienced group of staff in place:

SSA North GA (North Floyd Park) - Fernando De Barros ([email protected]
SSA Cartersville (Cartersville Soccer Complex) - Matt Cannon ([email protected]) 770-765-3166
SSA North (Big Shanty, Adams Park, Noonday Park) - Jim Crawford ([email protected]) - 678-234-0448
SSA Northwest (Braly, Taylor Farms) and West (Alexander HS) - Mark Smith ([email protected]), 770-500-9211
SSA Central (Mud Creek, Marathon Park, Tramore) - Jo-Ellen Eiseman ([email protected]), 678-849-3164
SSA South (Whitlock, Central Park) - Steve Briggs ([email protected]) - 770-313-9369
SSA DeKalb and SSA Northside - Scott Samach (
[email protected])

These contacts will be your primary go-to resource when it comes to questions about assignments, Game Officials registration and account management, ongoing assessments, and feedback about your experiences through our Referee Mentor Program.

We also have our Operations Manager, Sean Chamberlain ([email protected]), available as a point of contact for general questions about the club, and as a confidential point-of-contact for issues related to coach misbehavior, in support of the staff listed above. To provide confidential feedback to Sean regarding coach behavior (both good and bad), please click HERE.

ASSIGNING PROCESS

SSA uses the Game Officials system to handle the assigning for all regular season and tournament games. If you are a certified referee and interested in refereeing at SSA, please follow the instructions below.

NEW GAME OFFICIALS ACCOUNT

Go to www.gameofficials.net and click on “New Official?”.  Enter "1094" in the Group Number box and in the Access Code box.  Click continue and compete the registration including selecting your SSA location of preference, adding emergency contact information etc.  Email your local area staff (information above) once you have competed the registration or if you have any questions.

EXISTING GAME OFFICIALS ACCOUNT

Go to www.gameofficials.net and Login.  Go to My Assignor and click on Join a New Group.  Enter "1094" in the Group Number box and in the Access Code box.  Click Join Group and email your local area assignor (information below) that you have joined our group.

ASSIGNMENTS
Referees are booked (5) days in advance.  Each club referee should set his/her availability in Game Officials weekly or e-mail their ref assignor by Sunday of each week with your availability and any other restrictions in your schedule.  Assignments are e-mailed by Wednesday.  Please accept your assignment promptly in Game Official to confirm you are taking the assignment.  Click here for more information on how to get started in Game Officials.

GAME DAY EXPECTATIONS
At SSA we have an elevated game day expectations.  These expectations include and incorporate our referees.  Please click here to print out our game day referee expectations check list.


REFEREE PAYMENT

2018 Ref Pay Rates:

SSA Select/Academy Games

Age

Center

  Assistant Referee

7-a-side Academy   

25

          13

9-a-side Academy

30

          15

U13/14 Select

35

          20

U15/16 Select

45

          25

U17/19 Select

50

          35

U12 NPL

40

          25

U13-U16 NPL

50

          35

U17-U19 NPL

60

          40

U12 SCCL

35

          20

U13-U16 SCCL

65

          40

U17-U19 SCCL

75

          50

   

Rec Games

5-a-side Rec

15


7-a-side Rec

22

          13

9-a-side Rec

25

          15

U14 Rec

28

          18

U16 Rec

35

          23

U19 Rec

45

          30



 

Special Circumstances:

Reason

Officials Pay

Notes



Fields closed per City/County with less than 24 hours notice

100%

For all instances other than weather-related issues



Game Canceled per SSA with less than 24 hours notice

100%

For all instances other than weather-related issues



Cancellation with notice - City/County or SSA with Refs assigned

0%

24 hours or more notice



Team No Show

100%



Weather-related issues with 2 hours or more notice 
(by website, Facebook, or text message)

0%

Rain/Snow or other causing closure of venues and cancellation of games - 2 hours notice due.



Weather-related issues with less than 2 hours notice

100%

Rain/Snow or other causing closure of venues and cancellation of games - less than 2 hours notice given.





  • Payment is made every two weeks through GOPay. The process allows for the referee to choose either payment to go directly into a referee's bank account without a fee, or by a check mailed for a $6 processing fee (per check) deducted from the amount paid.
  • To set your GO account to process payments correctly, please click HERE.
  • It is the responsibility of the Center Referee to post the score of each of their games in Game Officials and list any assignment change(s) or game incidents.
  • Any referee that makes a change to their assignment must contact the assignor within 24 hours.
  • SSA tournament pay to officials is made by GOPay under the same terms above, but payment is processed within one week of the tournament being completed.
NEW REFEREE, RECERTIFICATION, AND CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES

For information on scheduled classes, please click HERE
. Classes cost $90 ($45 for the class, $45 for membership to USSF), though referees typically make this money back in just their first weekend of games.


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