Referee Instructions


Please follow all of these steps to become a TSC referee (follow links in green)

  1. All Referees must be USSF Grade 8 Certified. Go to the Oregon Referee Committee website for information on new certifications and recertifications. You MUST have an unexpired badge (2019 or 2020) to referee for TSC.
    • New referees
      • You must successfully complete a Grade 8 training course.
      • After registering with Oregon Soccer Central, youth referees (ages 13-18) must contact the TSC Referee Assignor by email to express interest.
    • Existing/Returning referees
      • You must hold an unexpired badge (2019 or 2020). For most returning referees this means renewing yearly.
      • See instructions on the ORC website above. This process can take several weeks, so plan ahead!
  2. TSC uses Oregon Soccer Central for referee scheduling and payment.
    • Register/Login to this website and go to the "List of Orgs" tab. Click Tualatin SC. Click the "Please Add Me" button on the bottom of the page.
    • On your Soccer Central profile (all under the My Info tab), please:
      • Include your USSF certification information and training date(s).
      • Fill out the W-9 Form.
      • Enter your payment preferences (TSC pays via Soccer Central).


Q: I am a youth referee (age 13-18) but don't live in Tualatin or go to school there. Can I referee for TSC?

A: Not at this time. Many years we have so many interested youth referees from our local community that we have chosen to keep our referee pool local only in order to provide this group with enough opportunities. Local means you live in Tualatin or go to school in Tualatin (Hazelbrook MS, Tualatin HS, Horizon Christian, Arbor Arts and Sciences) or have other significant close ties to the community. If you believe you qualify but don't have a Tualatin address, you MUST contact the Referee Assignor to explain your situation. All other requests in Soccer Central from non-Tualatin addresses will be ignored or denied.

Q: I am an adult referee (over 18 and have graduated from high school). Do I need to be from Tualatin to referee?

A: No. Adult referees may live anywhere if they are current with certifications (USSF grade 8 minimum) on Soccer Central. Adult referees are mainly needed to center High School coed games and sometimes older youth games when qualified youth referees are not available. Adults also do not need to attend the youth referee meeting, but it is expected that they will review the "Rules and Reference" tab on this site to enforce local recreational rules.

Q: My certification expired (or I just took the class and my paperwork is still in process). Can I referee right now?

A: No, you cannot. Your current USSF certification is also your source of liability insurance. Additionally, the Oregon Referee Committee collects proof of your yearly concussion certification as required by Oregon law and for those over age 18, their SafeSport certification. We cannot assign referees to games without a current certification as they have no proof of insurance and compliance with the laws.

As soon as USSF approves your application for new certification or renewal (usually takes 2-3 weeks after submission but can be longer - so plan ahead) then Soccer Central will reflect a current certification and you will be made "active" soon after.

As of 2019, referees holding expired badges (1-4 years older than current certification cycle) can still renew by contacting the Oregon Referee Committee (see links above). They will be required to take a test again, but not the full course, do concussion training (if over 18 the SafeSport training) and pay the recertification fee. They will also be eligible to referee immediately once their paperwork is processed by USSF and received by Soccer Central.

Qs: Are their local rules? How do I get assigned games? How do I get paid? What do I get paid? How many games can I do? What uniform do I need? What ages can I referee? How will the TSC referee assignor communicate with me?

As: TSC holds a yearly mandatory meeting for youth referees prior to the season to go over recreational and age specific rule modifications, the assigning process, expectations of referees and to answer all other questions.

This meeting is announced by email to all referees in the TSC referee pool on Soccer Central before August 15th and will take place approximately September 1 (typically there are 2 meetings to catch referees who may be unavailable), just prior to the season starting.

All referees who have followed the above instructions will receive an email confirming they are on our club's referee list in Soccer Central. All communication before and during the season is done by email and whichever email(s) you registered on Soccer Central will be used (therefore it is vitally important that your email be correct, and you frequently monitor your inbox).

If you miss the pre-season meeting for ANY reason, you will be responsible for reviewing the materials. You MUST contact the referee assignor to be sent the complete packet of preseason youth materials or you won't be made active for game assignment.

Adult referees who are familiar with the Soccer Central process (TSC is largely self-assign) do not need to attend the youth referee meeting but it is expected that they will review the "Rules and Reference" tab on this site - see tabs to the left under "For Referees" for local rules and be appropriately prepared for their matches.

If you have other questions, please contact the Referee Assignor.