Become a Referee

Why become a soccer ref?

Soccer’s a great game, and if you’re reading this you probably feel the same way. Reffing soccer lets you be around the game you love and be outside, all while getting paid! Plus, being a ref is an opportunity to develop leadership and decision-making skills that will definitely help you later on.

If you want to become a referee, read on!

Getting certified

To become a referee you will need to take a certification course. Sign up by going to and clicking on “Course Schedule.”

Referee grades explained

  • Grade 9 is the introductory level for refs ages 12-15.  This will allow you to referee in-town games, and, in some cases, U10 travel games.
  • Grade 8 is for refs ages 16 and older.  Grade 8 refs may ref 11v11 games and tournament games.  If you are a Grade 9 ref, you MUST upgrade to Grade 8 when you turn 16.

Grade 9 and Grade 8 have nothing to do with your grade in school.


You must recertify each year to ref again the following year. Recertification classes are offered only during the winter. Initial certification and bridge classes are offered in both the winter and summer. If you get your initial certification during the summer, you won’t need to recertify until the following winter (i.e. a year and a half later).

Next steps 

Once you are certified, email the Hopkinton Referee Director, Jeff Reynolds at to be added to our list of referees. Once you are added to the list, you will get additional information by email as we approach the upcoming season.

You can fill out a Request for Reimbursement for the cost of the certification, recertification, or bridge classes. You can find the form below.  In order to be reimbursed, you must actively ref for Hopkinton the following season.

Mentoring program

Don’t worry, we won’t just throw you out on the field for your first game! You will be mentored by an experienced Hopkinton ref who will help you to smoothly enter into the rewarding world of soccer refereeing. 



If you have any questions, please contact the Hopkinton Referee Director, Jeff Reynolds at