Afrim's Sports' Referees

Afrim’s Sports' Referees


Why should you become an Afrim’s Sports’ referee?  Referees are critical to soccer - the game can’t be played without them.  The referee’s job is to be the official in charge of the game.  They are the independent arbiter and manager of the game.  Their authority extends to everyone on the field, including players, substitutes, team officials and spectators.


The referee’s number 1 concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for all players on the field.  While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions to equipment to spectators and players.


The referee is responsible for enforcing the rules of the game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone.


Employment Opportunities:

Afrim's Sports is always looking to recruit qualified referees at all levels of play. There are 4 Tiers available. Your Tier will be determined based on your qualifications and level of experience.


To become qualified as one of our Tier 4 referees, you must be at least 13 years of age or older. There will be an in-house training class that will last for a duration of 2 hours: 1 hour in a classroom setting, 1 hour on the field. For field training, you must wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can run in.  A written assessment will follow the field session to conclude your training. The next "in-house" U8 referee class will be held on Friday, January 12th from 7pm-9pm at Afrim's Colonie and is free of charge. This is a great introduction to reffing for beginners and we typically recommend this for kids, ages 13-17.  To register for this class, please call our office at (518) 438-3131 and ask to register for the “U8 Referee Class - January 12.”


This training prepares you to officiate regulation soccer matches at the U8 level, without certification. As needed, an experienced referee will be assigned to support new referees to learn game-day procedures and how to apply the rules of the game. As an experienced referee, you will also help ensure that coaches, parents and other referees work together to give players a positive soccer experience.


Once you obtain an official certification in refereeing (ex: USSF Grade 8/9 certification), you can go on to officiate U10 and older division games. The next USSF Grade 8 Entry Level Referee course will be held the weekend of January 6th-7th. Any person, age 14 and older, can register to become a USSF Grade 8 Entry Level Referee by registering for the course the weekend of January 6th-7th, from 9am to 5pm.  This is an 18-hour course (some of which is done online) and you are required to attend all 14 hours of class time to qualify.  For more information and to register, please visit the CDYSL website or contact CDREF’s Instruction Coordinator, Michael Rennick, at


Capital District Referee Offered Courses


Already certified:

If you are currently a CDYSL certified referee and are interested in refereeing Tier 1 through Tier 3, you must show proof of certification and fill out an employment application on our website. You can email the application to or return it to our Colonie facility (636 Albany Shaker Rd.) with the following:

⃞  Afrim’s Sports’ application

⃞  I-9

⃞  Copy of Social Security card

⃞  Copy of license or picture ID

⃞  Working papers (ages 14-16)

⃞  Proof of your referee certification



All referees must come equipped with their own uniform and equipment.  All referees are required to be in proper uniform to officiate each game.  Proper uniform consists of:

  • Referee jersey (we recommend you have 2 different colors)

  • Black pants/shorts

  • Black socks (if visible)

  • Athletic shoes

  • Whistle

  • Stopwatch or wristwatch with timer

  • Red/Yellow cards




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Additional questions:

For more information on how to become an Afrim’s Sports’ referee, please contact the referee administrator by emailing ATTN: Ali Wiltshire