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Becoming a Referee

We are always looking for intramural  and BAYS referees.  It is a great way to contribute to Newton Soccer, be involved with soccer, and make some money.


The IM referee program is available to Newton 6th through 8th graders only.  The BAYS referee program is available to anyone 14 years or older and 8th grade or older.


Intramural Referees

There is a pre-season Intramural training program in the fall for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is a one-time mandatory event. If you would like to referee games this fall or spring, you must attend this session. No previous referee experience is necessary. You will be assigned to games appropriate to your age and experience. This will improve your understanding of the game, it is fun and you get PAID! Please talk to your friends to join the orientation as well!

BAYS Referees

How to Become a USSF-Certified Referee:

Once you are trained to be an Intramural referee, and meet the age requirements, you may move on to become USSF certified to referee BAYS games.

  • The steps to become a United States Soccer Federation USSF-Certified Referee are listed in the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC) website
  • The steps include taking on-line courses and participating in a Field session ( ) – You need to start 1 June for Fall and 1 January for Spring.
  • Once you sign up and have an account please use the MyStatus Tab for your personal information and status of your progress
  • Sign up fir the “New Referee – Orientation” and “New Referee – Field Sessions” immediately.  These courses tend to fill-in very fast.
  • You will also need to sign up to get started on the Supplemental Courses that are available in the US Soccer’s Learning Center. (you will need to create an account)
  • The course fee is reimbursed by NYS after your name is posted on the referee database and you are signed up to referee Newton BAYS games.  


Refereeing BAYS League Games in Newton


NOTE: You need to start the process early, It usually takes time to complete the process.


IM Referee Workshop

Registration for 2022-2023 is closed.  Please check again mid-July for registration dates for the 2023-2024 year.

In order to referee in the Fall of 2023 or the Spring of 2024, you must attend the IM referee orientation event:

All new referees are required to attend a one-time referee orientation and training.  There are two date options to choose from (Sep 5th or 6th), with a rain date of Sep 7th.  If you do not attend the training, you can not referee in the 2023-2024 soccer year, no exceptions.  The orientation will cover two topics:  The first part will be a training on the rules of refereeing.  The second part will cover administrative logistics such as how to sign up for games and how to get paid.  You MUST attend both sections to become a NYS referee.  


As an option, the second part of the orientation (covering administrative/logistics ONLY) will also be offered over zoom on Aug 30th at 5pm for those finding that more convenient.  If you attend that zoom training, you must still attend one of the in-person trainings on the field, however you would be able to leave the in person orientation early, as soon as the training is complete.  

When: Tuesday September 5th OR Wednesday September 6th.
Rain Date: Thursday September 7th
Where: Oak Hill MS
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Questions: [email protected] 


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