Youth Referee Camp
​(USSF Referee Grassroots Certification)


Note: Participants 12 years of age are not eligible for the USSF Grassroots License. As a participant s who are 12 years old will be SAY and AYSO certified; which will grant the ability to officiate SFYS House Leagues (Recreational and Upper House).

Youth Referee Camp  | English

Online Registration Begins Here

Course type: classroom (online modules required) + field training 


Proposed Summer Dates:

June 8th - June 12th | San Francisco

July 13th - July 17th |Redwood City

July 27th - July 31st | Palo Alto 

August 3rd - August 7th | San Francisco

  • Pre- and After-Care Available

Class Location : SF Youth Soccer Community Room, 1434 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116

Field Training Location: McCoppin Square

  • ​Bring Water
  • Bring Lunch (or money for lunch)
  • Dress to Ref (you'll be in the class and then on the pitch)

Can't make all the dates?

Email questions or clarifications: 

David Reardon -

Last summer, 27 youth participants took the inaugural SF Youth Referee Summer Camp and over 80% did not only their first game but also referee'd consistently for more than 5 of the 10 week season SFYS runs. These are unparalleled retention numbers that have not been seen in a youth referee pool, ever.
Building on the success of last summer's camp, SF Youth Soccer is holding a 5-day Spring Youth Referee Camp  Monday March 30th through Friday April 3rd). All participants will receive a full uniform on the first day of camp that will be required of them to wear during the camp. By the end of the week, your child will be a United States Soccer Federation certified referee, as well as an AYSO certified referee + be USYS, US Club and SAY Soccer certified [Subject to passing the USSF and AYSO referee test(s)].

Note* If you are a participant that is under the age of 13 you are not eligible to take the US Soccer Grassroots training per US Soccer mandates. You will, however, be able to be AYSO and SAY badged; granting you licensed referee status to officiate either SFYS Recreational or SFYS Upper House leagues, as well as AYSO or SAY local tournaments in the Greater Bay Area.
Multi-certifications, 30 hours of lecture/field training/ game scenarios, 1 week of spring break... Endless opportunities to officiate the beautiful game and create some income for oneself. Where else can a kid sign up for a camp over spring break and immediately start earning money just after it?! 

Important Logistical Clarifications

re: USSF Grassroots Referee Training vs. Youth Ref Camp

  • Attending the camp is NOT a requirement to become a licensed referee.
  • The ONLY requirement to become a USSF referee is the US Soccer Digital Learning Center online class and a single 3-hour field session. Any youth 13+ or adult may choose this option. A list of upcoming non-Ref Camp field sessions is available at the US Soccer Digital Learning Center website.
  • Youth Ref Camp involves additional training beyond the USSF Grassroots requirements. (This is the precise purpose of the camp format for youth!)  

Last Summer's Youth Referee Camp Video


* Participants will have the option to filter directly into Spring 2020 games on mentor fields at the 2nd - 3rd Grade level at local fields such as West Sunset, Grattan, and Palega.



Youth Referee Summer Camps