Become a Referee

About

WYSA runs one of the strongest referee programs in the state, fielding more than 50 referees per season while the rest of Massachusetts struggles to staff games. Referees in Walpole have the opportunity to make very high hourly rates, give back to the youth soccer program, and learn critical interpersonal skills in a dynamic environment. To get acquainted with the program, new referees receive mentorship during their first few games from experienced members of the team. If interested, read through the steps below on how to get started!

 

New Referees - Certification

1. Fulfill the United States Soccer Association (USSF) certification requirements

1(a). Visit the USSF Registration page and create a USSF referee account.

1(b). Complete the USSF Intro to Safety module on the Learning Center (must be logged in).

1(c). Complete the USSF SafeSport module on the Learning Center (must be logged in).

  • Note: Required only for referees aged 18 and older

1(d). Fulfill the USSF Background Check requirement on the Learning Center (must be logged in).

  • Note: Required only for referees aged 18 and older; valid for 2 years

2. Fulfill the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC) certification requirements

2(a). Visit the MSRC Registration page and create an MSRC referee account.

2(b). Enroll in and attend a New Grassroots Referee Certification Course via the MSRC Course Offerings page (must be logged in).

2(c). Enroll in and attend a New Grassroots Referee Field Session via the MSRC Course Offerings page (must be logged in).

2(d). Pass the MSRC Certification Exam, located on the MSRC My Status page (must be logged in).

2(e). Pay the MSRC Certification fee, located on the MSRC My Status page (must be logged in).

3. Fulfill the Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) certification requirements

3(a). Visit the BAYS Registration page and create a BAYS referee account.

3(b). Apply to Walpole as a referee via the BAYS Apply to Towns page (must be logged in).

3(c). Submit direct deposit paperwork on the BAYS Required Pay Forms page (must be logged in).

4. Fulfill the Walpole Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) certification requirements

4(a). Attend the mandatory WYSA Preseason Meeting to review goals and expectations.

4(b). Purchase required equipment, listed on the WYSA Referee Gear Amazon list.

4(c). Become acquainted with assignment procedures, detailed on the WYSA Referee Resources page.

Congratulations, you're officially established as a WYSA Referee and are ready to receive your first game! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Referee Assignor via the WYSA Contact page.

 

Existing Referees - Recertification

1. Fulfill the United States Soccer Association (USSF) recertification requirements

1(a). Complete the USSF Intro to Safety module on the Learning Center (must be logged in).

1(b). Complete the USSF SafeSport module on the Learning Center (must be logged in).

  • Note: Required only for referees aged 18 and older

1(c). Fulfill the USSF Background Check requirement on the Learning Center every other year (must be logged in).

  • Note: Required only for referees aged 18 and older; valid for 2 years

2. Fulfill the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC) recertification requirements

2(a). Enroll in and attend a Returning Grassroots Referee Recertification Course via the MSRC Course Offerings page (must be logged in). *

2(b). Enroll in and attend a Returning Grassroots Referee Field Session via the MSRC Course Offerings page (must be logged in). *

  • Note: Required only for referees with less than 3 years of experience and who have not attended a field session

2(c). Enroll in and attend a Returning Grassroots Referee Optional Module via the MSRC Course Offerings page (must be logged in). *

  • Note: Referees without a field session requirement (above) must enroll in 2 Optional Modules

2(d). Pass the MSRC Certification Exam, located on the MSRC My Status page (must be logged in).

2(e). Pay the MSRC Certification fee, located on the MSRC My Status page (must be logged in).

3. Fulfill the Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) recertification requirements

3(a). Update direct deposit paperwork on the BAYS Required Pay Forms page if necessary (must be logged in).

4. Fulfill the Walpole Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) recertification requirements

4(a). Attend the mandatory WYSA Preseason Meeting to review goals and expectations.

 

* To view the specific courses you may select, please visit the MSRC My Status page. The required courses vary based on experience.