Referee Program

Hello and welcome to the joint recreational referee program for Cardiff Soccer League and Solana Beach Soccer Club.

This page was updated on 6/4/2019 with details for the 2019/20 season.


Our primary goal is to provide quality referees for recreational home games for teams from Cardiff Soccer League and Solana Beach Soccer Club.  In keeping with the educational mission of these leagues, we also strive to provide a training ground for young referees to gain experience so they can move on to refereeing higher level games in competitive leagues.

Referee Licensing Requirements

You must be a USSF licensed referee to referee in our program.  At a minimum, our recreational games require a Grade 9 license, though higher licensing levels are welcome and encouraged.  For instance, a Grade 8 license is required to referee in competitive games (which this program does not administer).

If you already have a USSF license that will be valid through the end of November, you are already qualified to referee for our program.  If you do not have an license, or your license is expiring, you will need to participate in a sanctioned USSF training session.  

If you need a license (or renewal), the following link will take you to CalSouth’s referee training website, where you can find all of the information you need to get licensed.  A Grade 9 license only requires an on-line training session, while Grade 8 or above requires attending an on-field session.  

CalSouth Referee Certification Site

Grade 9 (online) training is sufficient for new referees.  Referees with Grade 8 training or prior experience will be given more responsibility.

Note that USSF charges fees for its courses, which the you (the referee) is responsible for paying.  Also, you will be required to refresh your license every two years if you wish to continue refereeing.

Supplemental Referee Training

Our recreational leagues operate under a modified “Laws of the Game”, which is available at the link below.  All of our referees are responsible for knowing these modifications.

Modified Rules for Cardiff Soccer and Solana Beach games

We MAY offer a supplemental training in August 2019 to go over the specifics of refereeing in our leagues.  This will be announced to referees who have registered with us below.  

Game Assignment Process

The fall 2019 season will start on September 7th.

Schedules are due to be finalized by the end of August 2019. As with prior seasons, a game availability form will be sent to all registered referees each week for the following weekend’s games.  Referees should identify all games that they are available to referee using this form.  Referees will only be considered for games if they have submitted this form.

Games will be assigned to registered referees with a focus on an equitable assignment to all referees, but using a variety of determining factors that include:

  • Experience
  • License level
  • Age
  • Number of games at each age level you have refereed this season in each role (HR/AR)

Game Reporting Process

Referees will submit a brief report for each game they referee.  Every referee (HR and ARs) who participates will need to do this in order to be paid for their time.  In addition, this process will allow referees to get practice doing game reports.  Additional details will be sent to registered referees.


Referees are responsible for providing their own equipment.  All referees should be prepared with:

  1. Referee uniform: available at most soccer stores and online: Shirt, black socks, black shoes.
  2. Flags: Each referee should own a set of 2 flags to be used by the linespeople.  All referees (HR or AR) should being a complete set of equipment to cover situations where others forget theirs or do not show up.
  3. Whistle: As with the flags, every referee should bring a whistle in case they need to step in as HR.

Referee Pay 2019/20

The referee pay scale will be the same as last year and will be shared with registered referees.

Contact information

The Referee Coordinator is Craig Rindt and he can be contacted at:

Referee Registration

If you wish to register to referee Cardiff Soccer League and/or Solana Beach Soccer Club games for the 2019/20 soccer season, please click on the link below to fill out a registration form.  Please register even if you have refereed for us in past seasons.

Register to be a 2019/20 Referee

Note: This form should be filled out by the referee, or by a legal guardian with the referee present.  It is the referee’s responsibility to understand the commitment he or she is making.