Grade 8 (Referee) Upgrade

CNRA Requirements

These requirements are for referees wishing to upgrade to Grade 8 (Referee):

  1. Minimum Age: No requirement
  2. Previous Game Experience: No requirement
  3. Previous Grade Experience: No requirement
  4. In-Service Training: Complete the Grade 8 Referee Course
  5. Laws of the Game Test: Pass the Grade 8 Referee Test (online or in-person)
  6. Fitness Test: No requirement
  7. Practical Evaluation: No requirement


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:Entry Level Grade 8 – Competitive Youth Referee
  3. Select and Click on a Number of a Course you wish to register.
  4. If the Dates and Times of each session of works then 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 8 Referee Registration.
  6. Attend the course in person.

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.