U8 Referee FAQ

Below find answers to questions regarding this program.

What is the minimum age?
Players entering 5th grade, 10-11years old.

What is the maximum age ?
Players entering 8th grade, 14 years old at the time of the game.

Do I have to have previous experience?
You must have had at least one year of playing U10 soccer to be eligible to referee.  We prefer referees who are actively playing soccer – the refereeing helps their game, and their experience as a player is very valuable. If you are not registered with SYSL you need to tell us so we can add you to our insurance.

How do I sign up ?
Please go to the “Referee Application“ and fill up the form . Please use an email that you or your parents check often. The referee coordinator will be communicating with you via email.

Do I need to attend a training program?
Yes. SYSL has its own training program for the U8 refereeing program. Training sessions are held sometime before the beginning of the season and are a 2 hour information session. Once you register, you will receive an email with the exact dates and times of the training session. The dates will be also posted on the web site..

What else do I need to do?
After you’ve registered and completed the training session you are ready to referee. You will need to give the Referee Coordinator your game schedule to avoid conflicts.

How will I know when and where I am supposed to Referee?
Before the season starts you will get a schedule with all of your games to be refereed highlighted for the season. It is your responsibility to check it weekly so you are at the appropriate field at the appropriate time. In general the U8 teams play Saturdays between 8am-2pm at Nunziato, Trum or Triangle Field. (field locations may change depending on approval from the city)

How do we select referees?
We give preference to SYSL registered players and more experienced/older referees. We try to pair experienced referees with novice referees. We try to avoid having two referees that have never refereed before doing a game together. We certainly do not schedule a novice referee for a solo game.

How much do I get paid?
Each referee receives $11 per game. There is normally one referee per game, but sometimes we add a second for training. At the end of the season you will receive a check from the treasurer with the total amount of games that you have refereed.

When do I get paid?
At the end of the season you will receive a check from the treasurer with the total amount that you have reported through the game reporting system (see next entry).

What do I do after the game?
Please go to this page and fill the “Referee Reporting” page and fill the form by Monday evening. It is important to do so, because that is how we track how much to pay you at the end of the season.

I am new to this and I am not sure I can be a good referee. Can you help me?
We don’t throw you in and hope you can swim – instead we have a buddy system where we pair new referees with experienced referees.

I indicated that I will be available but something came up and I can not make it. What do I do ?
Lets us know ASAP so we can make the appropriate arrangements.