Grade 5 (State Referee) Recertification

Effective immediately, all referees who wish to register with US Soccer Federation as a Grade 5 for 2018 and beyond will be required to satisfy the annual requirements listed below. These standards incorporate and extend beyond the minimum expectations established by the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program. All requirements must be met prior to December 1 of each year.

Grade 5 Referee Annual Requirements

Previous Game Experience
Ten (10) total matches combined at any of the following levels:

  • MLS, MLS Pre-season, NASL, USL
  • Category B International friendlies
  • Any US Soccer Open Cup match featuring a team from one of the above leagues
  • International friendlies featuring a team from one of the above leagues

Previous Grade Experience
Minimum one (1) year as a Grade 6 Referee or above

2018 Registration: Attend at least one (1) Elite Referee Training session, Attend at least one (1) U.S. Soccer hosted event*

2019 and after: Attend at least three (3) Elite Referee Training sessions, Attend at least one (1) U.S. Soccer hosted event*

* Accepted events include

  • U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase
  • U.S. Soccer Development Academy Summer Showcase and Playoffs
  • U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals
  • USASA Amateur Regional or National Championships
  • Other events as approved by the CNRA Director of Referee Development

Laws of the Game Test
Pass the National Referee Laws of the Game Test

Fitness Test
Pass the appropriate National Referee or National Assistant Referee fitness test

Practical Evaluation
Minimum of three (3) passing assessments from three (3) different National Referee Coaches in the calendar year preceding the intended registration year

The mission of this policy is to promote the very best match officials to the professional soccer level. It is imperative that these officials command understanding and correctly interpret the FIFA Laws of the Game.

Requesting Assessments

Additionally, the policy for requesting an assessment from a National Referee Coach (formerly National Assessor) has been revised to reflect the modifications to the Referee Academy.

Any questions regarding the new Grade 5 Referee Standard or National Referee Coach Policy should be directed to Matthew Buckman, Director of Referee Development.

Download a copy of the PDF Grade 5 Standards


Before you renew your registration please determine which CNRA Region you live. You will need to enter your Region within your Registration Form.

ALL Grade 5 Referees MUST login to their account at to renew their annual registration. Downloadable instructions are available here: CNRA Registration Instructions

A PDF registration form is available for download if you need to pay by check. Please mail the completed form along with your check (payable to CNRA) to: CNRA, P.O. Box 848, Rocklin CA 95677. Allow 3-4 weeks for processing.


  1. Enter the CNRA Registration System:
  2. Login to your CNRA GameOfficials Account (Don’t know how? Click HERE)
  3. From the Main Menu on the left, Click on “Courses”
  4. Select and click on “Referee Courses” – (This will bring up several available Registration choices.)
  5. Select and click on USSF REGISTRATION RENEWAL – GRADE 5
  6. Continue to follow and fill out the remaining Registration and Payment procedures until all is completed.
  7. Continue with the Confirmation Page. Your Registration will be processed by the State and then the National Office.
  8. You may check upon your status by returning to your Account at The Main Page of your account will list your USSF Registration History and indicate your Status.
  9. You may also refer or confirm your Registration Payment by entering your Account and clicking on “Confirmed Reg” under the Main Menu on the left.

You should receive your new USSF referee packet (Badge & Referee Card) from United States Soccer Federation within 8 to 12 weeks. Law books are mailed only to State and National Referees. You may download your e-book copy from CNRA.

Should you need any assistance with registration, email our CNRA Registrar.