Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association

Referee Philosophy

Steamboat Soccer Club develops its referees through a bottom-up approach, providing instruction, experience, and a referee mentoring program for referees of all level and experience. Steamboat Soccer Club Referee Assignors, Mentors, and Instructors actively participate in observing and nurturing the referees on the fields.

With experience and growth, referees are assigned to competitive level games which match their skills, confidence, and experience levels.

Steamboat Soccer Club makes every effort possible to provide ample opportunity for all of our referees to get as many games as possible while taking careful consideration in matching appropriate referees with the appropriate level of games based on experience.

Steamboat Soccer Club strongly encourages players, parents, and siblings to participate in the U.S. Soccer Referee Program. By refereeing, each competitive member can give back to the Steamboat Soccer Program. And referees are truly in short supply!

Becoming a Referee

Steamboat Soccer Club is always looking for new referees! We know you'll find it to be a rewarding and character building opportunity whether you are 12 or 50+ years old! To become a referee, follow a few simple steps:

Create a Game Officials USER ID: Simply click on "New User?" on the left hand side to complete the setup -

Register for the Appropriate Course: Find what matches you on the handy table and click accordingly under "Online Course" -

For NEW Grade 9 Referees (12 & 13):

For NEW Grade 8 Referees: (14 and older):

After completing your online course, you are ready for our Field Session.

Part 2 - On the field training session

Next field session is coming soon!

See you out there!

Referee Resources

In addition to the below, feel free to contact us at any time! Email us at

Colorado Referees have their own website that includes many, many resources to help you with becoming a referee, staying a referee, and getting the most out of being a referee. Check it out:

Other helpful links:








Referee FAQ's

  • Is there really a need for more referees in the club?

Yes, additional referees are one of our biggest needs currently within our club. This is a large problem not only for our club but for youth soccer throughout Colorado. Please consider becoming a certified referee!!

  • How many games do I have to commit to each weekend? What if I have other commitments on any given day / weekend?

This is really up to you as the referee. Once certified, you will get a log in for a website in which you will be able to see all game days. From there you look at your personal schedule and put in when you're available. You will be assigned games based on your availability and then will have a second opportunity to accept or decline any assigned games.

  • How much do games pay?

Games are paid based on the age group of the game and the position of the referee (Center or Assistant Referee). Most new / younger referees will usually start at U9-10 which pays $10/game regardless of position. Then with experience and comfort level they will progress from there. Most new adult referees will have the opportunity to do U9-10 games if desired, but will be asked to also start in as AR's for U11-12 games as needed, and also then progress from there based on ability, comfort level, and desire. Those games pay:

U11-U12 = $30 C and $20 AR

U13-U14 = $37 C and $25 AR

U15-U16 = $45 C and $31 AR

U17-U19 = $55 C and $35 AR

  • Is there a cost to become certified?

The certification course does have a fee associated with it of $90. However, any certified referee who referees a minimum of 5 games for Steamboat Soccer Club within a calendar year is eligible for reimbursement of their certification costs. Additionally any referee of any age is also available for reimbursement of future years re-certification fees should they continue to referee, and after also fulfilling the 5 game minimum each year.

  • How old do I have to be to become certified?

The minimum age to become a GRADE 9 (recreational) certified referee is 12 years old at the time of the certification course.

The minimum age to become a GRADE 8 certified referee is 14 years old at the time of the certification course.

  • Will I get any on field / in game training?

YES! Part of the cerfitication process now includes a 5 hour field session. This is a great addition, and those who have taken part in it will tell you that the time flys by. The session is very engaging and interactive, and SSC has their own referee instructor here in town to run the courses.

  • What are the physical demands?

Referees must have a basic ability to run up and down the field in order to keep up with the level of play. There are no set measures of fitness that must be passed at the entry level but obviously the demands and speed of the games increase as the age of the game also increases. SSC and our current referee pool are looking into setting up training opportunities/suggestions for any referees that would like to get together occasionally or on their own in order to feel comfortable with the desired level of fitness necessary for games of different ages. However the fitness level required is relatively minimal for the level of play that our referees experience.

  • What does the certification process look like?

The course is completed in 2 parts (online & field session). Participants register online for the course & complete the online training modules & testing prior to attending a 5 hour field session to complete the certification process.

  • Is there a referee group or committee that I can go to for help and advice when needed?

DEFINITELY! We have quite a few experienced referees here in Steamboat, and a couple who are constantly working games and tournaments around the state, and around the country. If you have any needs or questions, don't hesistate to contact us at and we'll get back to you very quickly!

  • Does refereeing count toward my work deposit hours?

Yes each 5 games refereed within a calendar year can be counted as fulfilling one child's work deposit hours.

  • Are there other opportunities for additional refereeing outside of SSC?

Of course!

In addition to our home league games in the fall and spring, referees will have the opportunity to get games if they desire during our Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

Other tournaments in nearby areas are always interested in acquiring more referees as well, and may provide housing depending on the tournament. And don't forget - there are tournaments around the country you can participate in as well...

Parents, when traveling with their kids to tournaments or away league games, can also explore the opportunity of refereeing on the road.

And... there is always a large need for more certified referees in the local adult leagues. All of these games are paid opportunities.

Basically, there are tons of opportunities!

  • Once certified do I have to take another course?

Yes. Yearly recertification is required, and depending on your wishes to upgrade to a higher level of refereeing, you may be required to attend additional field sessions, continuing education, and/or fitness tests. HOWEVER, the basic recertification process is done simply online, and can be done from the relaxing comfort of your own home.