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If you are smart and confident, why get locked into a retail job?  As a referee, you can pick your hours and work out in the sunshine.  Pay rates range from $13 per game for in-town through $60 per game for U18/U19.

Opportunities exist for 14 year olds on up, and we always need adult referees as well.  See details at the bottom of this page.


So you think you may want to be a referee?  Here are the three steps:

  1. Read the information below, and see the recruiting flyer.
  2. Go to www.massref.net and sign up for a Grade 8 certification course.
  3. Notify the Littleton Referee Coordinator, Pat Stearns, at when you complete your course so he can assign you to games.



All referees affiliated with FIFA have a designated referee grade. The grade indicates the qualification of the referee to officiate at various levels of local, national and international soccer competition. There is a common misconception that these grades are related to elementary or secondary school grades - they're not, they are assigned by USSF.

Grade 8 Referees: Referees begin their careers as Grade 8 having taken the entry training course.

Grade 7 Referees: Grade 7 is an experienced referee in the state qualified to officiate all but the highest levels of amateur soccer​.

Grade 5 & 6 Referees: The highest level of competition within a state (amateur leagues beyond youth) requires a Grade 5 or 6 where Grade 5 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for national service.

Grade 3 & 4 Referees: In the United States competition at the national level (including professional soccer and MLS) requires Grade 3 or 4. Grade 3 indicates the referee's readiness to be considered for international service.

Grade 2 Referees: Assistant Referees to Grade 1 Referees are designated as Grade 2.

Grade 1 Referees: Referees who officiate in the World Cup and international matches are designated as Grade 1.



New recruits who referee at least 3 games receive a $130 bonus to cover course and $80 bonus to cover new referee kit.

Returning referees are eligible for return incentive bonus each season.

Additional bonus can be accrued by attending league and town referee meetings each season as well.