District II Referee Program


The District II Soccer Referee Administration site is an external site designed to be an information resource and to provide assistance to all referees no matter what their experience level. The Referee Administration site is where up-to-date information on referee assignments and clinics can be found.


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What is a referee

You see them at all games. They are the three individuals carrying either a whistle or a flag. Their uniforms up were once black, but now referee fashions include gold, red and blue. They are the referees or more correctly the referee and the assistant referees. Referees are an integral part of the game of soccer. Their primary functions are to ensure that the laws of the game are followed and that the safety of the player is ensured. The duties of the referee are specific and carefully outlined.
The referee has the authority to:
  • Enforce the laws of the game
  • Apply the advantage clause
  • Keep a careful record of the game
  • Terminate a game if deemed necessary
  • Caution players guilty of misconduct or unsporting behavior
  • Stop the game for serious injury
  • Allow no person other than players and assistant referees to enter the field of play
  • Send a player off the field
  • Signal for the game to start after a stoppage of play
  • Decide whether all other conditons are appropriate for play including the ball, field of play and player's equipment.
Referees are proud of their contribution to soccer and take their appointments seriously. Their basic requirements are: an understanding of the spirit and the letter of the laws; good physical condition; cooperation with fellow officials; personal flexibility that allows for a totally unemotional approach to all decisions despite experiencing the myriad of participant emotions during a typical game; and to make the game of soccer enjoyable to play and watch.

How to become a referee

So what does it take to become a referee? The first step is to sign up for an entry level clinic in your league or local area. Many USSF Grade 8 clinics are held throughout the year — with quite a number scheduled right before the spring season in February and March, and many more concentrated in the summer before soccer’s major fall season.
Earning your Grade 8 license requires attending 18 hours of instruction and testing, passing the final exam, and paying appropriate fees. Clinics are also occasionally held for USSF Grade 9 recreational referee licenses, which are primarily attended by youth referees who would like to referee U14 and younger recreational games within their league.

Referee Advancement

Obtaining your entry-level badge is just the start for many dedicated referees. Local leagues often provide mentoring and on-field observation for youth or newer adult referees.
District II offers informative clinics and instruction to help you better understand how the Laws should be interpreted and applied, and to improve your abilities in player management and foul recognition. District II also arranges a number of “fun runs” — typically in late summer and fall — to enable all referees of Grade 7 or above to pass their fitness tests and written tests for maintenance or upgrades.
The District II Soccer Referee Administration site has information of interest to the entire referee community — from scheduled fun runs and assignment opportunities to how to upgrade your license and there are even chat boards.

Latest Law Changes

The latest USSF memoranda, instructions, and advice to referees are available from the US Soccer Referee pages.



The Near Post

2014 District II Spring Cup

Click HERE to apply now and save! After 4/15 teams will be accepted on an as needed basis.
        Date  Age Groups
        6/7 & 6/8
 U8 - U10
        5/31 & 6/1   
 U11 - U19


Early Bird - until 3/11
3/12 to 4/15
After 4/15 (includes late fee) 
U11 - U19
Early Bird - until 3/11
3/12 to 4/15
$500 After 4/15 (inlcudes late fee)


Click on the link for 2013 Past Results.

For the list of accepted teams click here.


CCSL Spring 2014 League

CCSL Spring League registration is now open. Spring 2014 age groups are the same as Fall 2013. Applications close on February 24.  Click here to start the registration process!


District 2 team fees are $100 for U8-U19 and $250 for U11 to U19.

Teams will play a schedule of 8 to 10 games, with first games the weekend of March 29.


For more information on D2 CCSL Spring play, click here.


D2 - Spring 2014

District II and CalNorth Premier Leagues are pleased to offer your teams 2 new Programs/Leagues:


Spring Open Premier

  • U9 through U19  - Registration deadline is February 21
  • Click here for information and to register for this program.


Spring 5v5 - U7-U8

  • Registration deadline is March 9
  • Click here for information and to register for this program.


The two Leagues are designed to address the needs expressed by DOCs in the Bay Area

  • A league for the very young members of their clubs that adds the game factor to their development program - 5v5
  • An un-divided, inclusive League that crosses the boundaries of players registration - OPEN League
  •  Flexibility of mixing players in Premier level teams, of playing in more than one League event and of adding games vs. other interested opponents(i.e. scrimmage games).




District II Coaching Courses

For information about CYSA coaching courses that have been scheduled, click here.




District II Referee Classes and Fun Runs

Click here to view the dates and times when the entry level Grade 8 Referee Clinics are being offered.  This year's dates and additional information for District II "Fun Runs" and written tests for referees who are upgrading to Grade 7 or above can be found here.



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