Monday, August 21, 2017

Gulf Coast Soccer offers an in-house Club Referee Program to provide training and mentoring of new referees on a year round basis. This program is a supplement to the STSR Certified Referee Program. Most in-house club referees should be ready to certify through STSR as a Grade 8 referee within 12-24 months. In-house club referees are limited to in-house Recreational and Academy games.  

Why do we have an in-house Club Referee Program?

In the past, we have relied on the South Texas Referee Committee (and its designate, South Texas Soccer Referees) to provide all referee training for referees in our association. However, it became clear in our internal club review that STSR had not been able to recruit, train, and mentor an adequate number of referees to meet the growing demands of our club. The in-frequent referee course and certification offerings was identified as the key limiting factor in bringing new referees into the program. This program will serve as an entry point to supplement the existing training for higher-levels of referee certification. With this new program we aim to improve both the quantity and quality of our referees both Club and Certified Referees.

If you wish to sign up for the in-house Club Referee Program, you can do so by following the instructions below...

  1. Send an email to GCS Referee Assignor Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the referee program or to sign up. Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and date of birth in your email to him. 
  2. Read the current Laws of the Game
  3. Complete the online "Grade 9 Referee Course" training (in either English or Spanish), and print out the completion certificate and email to Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Send another email to Calvin to let him know you have completed the online training. He will schedule a 2-hour, in person Club Referee Orientation that will cover some important game management topics (how to get game assignments, pre-game check-in procedures, how to work together as a referee crew, post-game duties, etc.). Once you have attended this orientation, you will then be assigned as a referee for an entry-level match (such as the center referee for a U8 game or to work on the lines of a U9 game), with an experienced referee there to serve as your personal mentor. 

There is no cost to participate in this program, and you will be able to start earning money as a referee as soon as your have completed your training. As an added incentive, we will give a FREE Referee jersey to each person who becomes a Certified Club Referee! Help us make soccer better for all our players, and get started on your referee training today!

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Annual referee certification/recertification
  • Pre-game team check-in 10 minutes prior to game
  • Game officiating
  • Fair and courteous treatment of all participants and spectators

Required Qualifications:

  • Background check (for those 18 years and older)
  • Good communication skills
  • Physically fit to handle the games

Who do I contact for additional information about becoming a referee or refereeing?

Our club Referee Assignor facilitates training, mentoring, certifications and scheduling of referees. If you are interesting in becoming a referee, please email Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Information for New Referees

Once you successfully complete a referee course and register with the USSF, you will receive your badge and will need to get appropriate referee gear, including a soccer referee uniform, soccer referee flags, referee cards, whistle, watch and shoes. Contact our Referee Assignor Adam Vannett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advice for New Referees - (Welcome Packet from the Referee Community from U.S. Soccer)

Video - USSF Advice to New Referees