Grade 6 (State Referee) Upgrade

CNRA Requirements

The purpose of the State Referee Course is to prepare officials for the most competitive matches within their state and region. Based on the level of training provided, U.S. Soccer recommends that these officials be assigned accordingly to best service the game.

These requirements are for referees wishing to upgrade to Grade 6 (State Referee).

Note: Please make sure your assessments and fitness test are completed PRIOR to completing your registration.
  1. Minimum Age: 18 years old
  2. Previous Game Experience: Minimum of 100 games
    • Game experience must come from affiliated competitive youth and amateur adult games
  3. Previous Grade Experience: Minimum of 1 year as a Grade 7 Referee
  4. In-Service Training: Complete the US Soccer Grade 6 State Referee Course
  5. Laws of the Game Test: Pass the Grade 6 State Referee Test
  6. Fitness Test: Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
    • Sprint Test: Maximum of 9 seconds per sprint
    • Interval Test: Maximum of 45 seconds for the 150 meter run. Maximum of 45 seconds for the 50 meter walk.
  7. Practical Evaluation: Minimum of 2 completed by State Assessors
    • Minimum of 2 passing assessments (70% or better) as Center Referee that meet the sufficient test criteria (from affiliated games with a minimum of 40 minute halves)
    • Assessments must be completed by two different State Assessors
    • At least 1 of these assessments must be from an adult game


Before you register please determine which CNRA Region you live. You may register for an Entry Level Referee Course by clicking on

  1. Select: “Sign Up For Course”
  2. Select: “Upgrade to Grade 6: USSF Anual Registration”
  3. Select and Click on a Number of a Course you wish to register.
  4. Click on: “To register for this course, please Click Here
  5. Complete the rest of the Course Registration Process and submit an online credit card payment for the Grade 6 State Referee Registration.

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.

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.