Become an Adult Referee!

Click here for details of upcoming Referee classes.

Top 5 Reasons to Become a WSSL Referee!

  1. It's the one time in the week when you get to tell people what to do and they do it 
  2. It's a fun way to clear your head of day-to-day clutter
  3. Your child will have a better soccer experience if games are officiated by a certified referee
  4. It's a great way to fulfill WSSL's volunteer requirement
  5. All classes, uniforms and gear are provided free of charge

and... Students get credits towards their school's community service requirement.

Whatever reasons motivate you to take the field as a Referee, we try to provide support and encouragement to make this a rewarding experience for you and the players!

How to Get Certified as a WSSL Referee

The process to become a referee has eight steps. The whole process can be completed in about one week, but better to start as early as possible:

1)    Register as a volunteer with / Players / Player and Volunteer Registration. Make sure to volunteer as a Referee (check box) and you can nominate the division(s) that you would like to referee in.

2)    Wait for your background check to clear – around 24 to 72 hours.

3)    On the WSSL Registration page, click on “AYSOU Login” to activate your profile in

4)    Login to using your WSSL email and password. Register for an In-Person Referee class. Please note that online courses are not eligible.

5)    Complete the AYSOU online course “Safe Haven / AYSO's Safe Haven” at

6)    Complete the AYSOU online course “Safe Haven / CDC Concussion” at

7)    Come to the Referee class or Zoom in.

8)    Pass the test!

You are now a certified soccer referee. We will give you a uniform and kit for free: Send an email to including your name and shirt size (Youth, Adult Small, Medium, Large, XL or 2XL) and cut (Men's style or Women's style), and your preferred pick up location (West 79th Street or West 152nd Street, or at 101st Street & Riverside soccer field).

Please email your Division Chief Referee (see below) or with any questions.

Click here for more details on How to Get Certified

Other stuff worth knowing:

Division Chief Referees
Referee Leadership Team

Division Chief Referees

The Chief Referees in each division should be your first point of contact about rules and the practical aspects of refereeing. Please use this website to look for information but if you cannot find what you need, please contact your chief referee if you have questions about:

  • refereeing in your division,
  • how to schedule yourself for games,
  • becoming a referee,
  • the Laws of the Game,
  • requesting mentoring,
  • anything else about referees and their responsibilities.

If you are not sure which Division your child is in, or if you are trying to reach your division's Chief Referee, you can check under DIVISIONS.

We have a manual for the division Chief Referees. To view it, please click here: Chief Referee Manual.

Referee Leadership Team

Stan Ince is the Regional Referee Administrator and makes sure that we have a chief referee for each division and that the chief referees have the resources they need. Stan is supported by two Assistant RRAs, Paul Samarel (U10-U19) and Jay Gross (U6-U9). 

Michael Titowsky is the Regional Director of Referee Instruction and is responsible for scheduling and organizing referee training for all divisions. 

Doug Geary is the Regional Director of Referee Assessment and is responsible for referee mentoring, observations and assessment for certification upgrades for referees in all divisions. 

John Drayton is our Regional Director of Youth Referees. Please contact John for any questions or concerns about the Youth Referee program.