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We are always looking for new referees. The new pay rate for 2017 is $15 - $60 per game, depending on age group, level of play and reffing position. You must be 12 years old as of August 1st of the current season in order to referee. Adults are always welcome.  Referees must complete a Grade 8 class and the GCYSL New Ref orientation. Please see the information below. 
  • Grade 8 - This license is required if you want to ref games above the U6 level.  Training is required and is scheduled to take place the weekend of July 8-9, 2017 from 9am - 5pm at Mt. St. Mary's school in Grass Valley. This is a combination class of online, classroom and field training. Online video modules must be completed prior to the start of the first classroom session. Class hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm both days and are required. The class meets for 12 hours in person with a USSF exam at the end.

    If you are interested in attending the class, do the following...
    • Email Eleni Rodgers, Referee Coordinator at referee@goldcountrysoccer.org. 
    • Open the Registration Signup Instructions  (link) You must register to attend this class. There are a few "gotchas", so read through all of instructions before you register!

  • GCYSL - New Referee orientation. After completing their Grade 8 license, all referees must attend a GCYSL new referee orientation. This is a mandatory training. There will be two dates offered but you only have to attend one.  Tentative dates are Tue August 1st 5:30 - 8:30pm and Sunday Aug 6th 2pm - 5pm. 
If you have any questions about becoming a referee please contact referee@goldcountrysoccer.org.

Returning Referees:  

All Referees must have a Grade 8 License.  
  • New Licenses
    See the information at the top of the page for Grade 8.
  • Expired Grade 8 Licenses
    If you already have your Grade 8 license, but it expired in 2016, then you need to renew it online.  Follow these Renewal Instructions  (click)
  • Current/Valid Licenses
    If you got a Grade 8 license from GCYSL in our class last summer, then your license should be good for this year. Your badge should be a 2017 version.  You still must attend one In-Service training. See dates below.
All Returning Referees - Mandatory In Service Training  

All returning referees are required to participate in an in-service training each year. There will be two dates offered. This is a mandatory meeting but you only need to attend one.  
    IN SERVICE DATES - you must attend 1
    Wed. July 19th 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    TBA: Weekend date in August 

    The purpose of these meetings is to:
    • Explain any changes in the Laws for the upcoming season
    • Address any issues from the previous season or upcoming issues for this season
    • Provide an opportunity for you to ask questions, make suggestion or discuss any problems you’ve experienced
    • Improve the overall level of officiating in our league
    Among the significant issues for our league are:
      • Concussions – how to recognize when a player may have received one and the protocol for handling it. This is a major focus for the District, the State and the Nation. Referees will be required to determine if a player must be removed from a game and ensure that the proper paperwork is completed. This will be explained and reviewed in detail.
      • Condition of the fields 
      • New rules
        As usual, a test given at the end of the class. How well you perform on this test influences our decision on the number and level of the games you will be assigned.
          If anyone has any topics or issues that they would like covered at the meetings, please email me and let me know. In the meantime, be sure to mark down the dates and plan on attending one of these two meetings.
            Lastly, if you have not renewed your referee license for the upcoming season, you will not be able to ref during the season. If you plan to ref , but have not yet renewed, you need to get that taken care of immediately. The turnaround time is not very quick.