LUSC Referee Support
Current referees can visit the Lexington, MA Soccer Referees site for support resources and information.
Becoming a LUSC Referee
The starter course for travel referees is the “Grassroots Entry Level Course”. You must be at least 14 years old, and complete online and in-classroom training.
How to become a travel referee:
- Set up an account with The Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC) and register to take the Grassroots Entry Level Course. Certification typically is for the calendar year. However, classes offered in the summer allow you to be a referee in the fall and all of the following year. The prospective referee is expected to pay the course registration fee.
- To successfully complete the Grassroots Entry Level Course the candidate must be at least 14 years of age. A good explanation of the certification process is here on the MSRC site. All steps are required.
- After successfully becoming certified, go to the BAYS website and complete the “Referee Registration”. This gives you an account on BAYS to log in. Request to become a referee for Lexington and read the referee procedure handbook letting you know how the system works for accepting/rejecting and reporting games on BAYS.
- Send email to the LUSC In-town and BAYS/travel referee coordinator, Ref-Assignor@LexingtonUnited.org and introduce yourself, provide your email address, let them know that you passed the Grassroots Entry level class, registered with BAYS, and would like to be a referee for LUSC.
- Buy a referee uniform kit with a YELLOW jersey, for example from Official Sports.
- Referees need to take a re-certification course each year. These courses are usually offered starting in July. Sign-up at the MSRC site.
- At the beginning of each season, the LUSC referee coordinator will schedule a mandatory meeting for all certified referees. New referees will be assigned an account with US Officials to manage their referee assignments with LUSC.
- During the season, In-town games are accepted and reported on the US Officials website. BAYS travel games are accepted on BOTH US Officials and BAYS websites, and are reported on the BAYS website.
- Referees are paid by LUSC and/or BAYS depending on the exact nature of their game assignments during the season. BAYS travel games are paid by BAYS. See this BAYS page for rates.
Lexington United Soccer Club offers a free introductory referee course in conjunction with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) Genesis Program for 12 & 13 year olds once a year, usually at the end of the Spring season.
This is a two hour course focused on the laws of the game and referee mechanics. Individuals who complete the course will be eligible to referee Lexington in-town games (3rd and 4th graders). This course is only for 12 and 13 year olds.
This is a great opportunity to start as a soccer referee. The games are easy to referee and are perfect for building confidence and learning the mechanics of refereeing. Referees that are actively participating in the MYSA Genesis program and are deciding to take the Massachusetts State Referee Committee certification course once they turn 14 years old can request some reimbursement from LUSC for their certification course fee (at the Assignor’s discretion).
For questions email the LUSC referee coordinator, at Ref-Assignor@LexingtonUnited.org.
- US Officials website
- Massachusetts State Referee Committee
- Massachusetts Youth Soccer
- IFAB Laws of the Game Book
- BAYS Referee Section
- 30/30 Lightning Rule
Christianne Mager, Ref-Assignor@LexingtonUnited.org, (617) 642-0393