Why Become A Referee

All PSC Teams, Recreational and Competitive, Need To Fulfill A Referee Requirement

U6 and U8 teams depend on volunteers to officiate matches. The requirement is informal.

All teams, U9 and above, MUST have referee(s) affiliated with their team to fulfill the required number of game credits each season for the team to play. As a member organization of the Jack London Youth Soccer Sports League (JLYSSL), PSC teams and referees follow the guidelines established by JLYSSL. For the latest information on the referee requirements for each team and the credits earned per officiated game:

Because without referees our teams could not play soccer 20 weekends out of every year!

There are three requirements for a sanctioned JLYSL game to count: two teams, a field and a referee. Impartial referees are an integral part of ensuring a safe and fair game can take place. U9 and older games require USSF licensed referees and without a licensed referee or referee crew, games may be cancelled and/or forfeited. To have enough licensed referees to support our youth programs we draw from the families and friends of our players.

Who They Are

PSC has nearly 100 referees that officiate matches throughout the Jack London Youth Soccer League and all over Northern California through the NorCal Premier League. PSC referees are paid volunteers that come from a broad cross-section of our community including current and former club parents, coaches, players and local high school or college players. Individuals who are 14 years of age or older can become a USSF licensed Grassroots referee. The Grassroots license allows a referee to officiate any JLYSSL or NorCal Premier league youth match as a Center or Assistant Referee. The licensing class requires approximately ~5 hours of online work and one – three-hour field session.

Become A Referee

Anyone, 14 years and older, who is looking for a way to get to know the game of soccer better, connect with their child, or help out a team, club, or community can become a referee. Becoming a referee is an excellent way to support youth soccer, learn more about the game, get exercise and get paid to do it. “It’s the best seat in the house.”

  • Learn more about the game.
  • Figure out what all of those calls are that you didn’t understand.
  • Get great exercise.

Teens–You Can Become Refs Too

  • Develop your leadership skills.
  • Earn some extra money while serving your soccer community.

PSC also reimburses the $75 license cost and new referee kit, up to $75, after new referees receive 5 credits (5 games).

For information on how to become a referee go to U.S. Soccer Learning Center – California North Grassroots Info or contact the Club’s Referee Coordinators:

Team Referee Requirements

It’s a requirement.

All teams, U9 and above MUST have referee(s) affiliated with their team to fulfill the required number of game credits each season for the team to play. Quality referees ensure the safety and enhance the quality of the game for our players and families. PSC referees are volunteers from our parent, coaching and player community. Anyone, as young as age 14, can be trained and become a USSF licensed referee.

As a member organization of the Jack London Youth Soccer Sports League (JLYSSL), PSC referees participate and follow the guidelines established by JLYSSL.

JLYSSL Referee Information

For the latest Referee information from JLYSSL:

For the latest on Referee requirements for each team:
Team Referee Requirements – JLYSSL

Referees receive payment from the league for officiating games — the current fee schedule can be found here:
Referee Pay – JLYSSL

Referee Classes

Cal North Area 4 Referee Association

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Each local league sponsors courses during the year. As they are scheduled, information will be posted on the CNRA Clinics web page. The local league pays the cost of the clinic, purchases the books, and obtains and pays for the facility. The district assigns the instructors. For more information or to sign up, contact the local league.

First-time referee training classes in our area — find times and location details here:
U.S. Soccer Learning Center – California North Grassroots Info

How To Affiliate With A Team

Step 1

Register to Referee with JLYSSL

JLYSSL schedules games and assigns referees using SportLynx.

The SportLynx registration process takes about 10-15 minutes and will prompt you to create a Stripe payment account to manage your game payments. You will need your bank account and routing number or ATM/debit card to complete setup.

After your SportLynx account and Stripe payment account have been created, the league referee coordinator will process your registration request in July & August. You will receive an email confirmation once you are approved. Once games are scheduled and published in early August, you will be notified and can begin requesting game assignments.

If you have any questions or need additional support, please contact SportLynx by email: or phone (855) 778-5691.


Step 2

Go to “My Referee Center” in SportLynx and click on “My Team Affiliations.” Then use the search feature to find the PSC team you would like to affiliate with and earn referee credits for.

referee team affiliations

You have successfully affiliated. Your games will now credit your team. You will need to update your affiliation each season.

If you have any questions, please email:

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