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 12 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.

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, a Tier 4 Referee can go on to officiate U10+ division games. Certification must be completed through the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL). In order to become certified, please visit the Capital District Referee website by selecting the link below, or reach out to the CDREF’s Instruction Coordinator, Michael Rennick, at mrennic1@nycap.rr.com.

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. You can email the application to afrimsports@gmail.com 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

Equipment

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