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GSSA Referee Program

Ref Training

GSSA holds an annual referee training class in the winter just prior to the spring soccer season (late February or early March). Details on the class, including dates & times, registration procedures, and the small fee to offset classroom materials is available around late-January each year. GSSA also accepts training and certification from other SAY communities. Several communities offer training classes in the summer. Search for “SAY referee training Cincinnati” on the web or go to the SAY soccer websites for nearby communities for more information. If you have successfully completed a course in another community, please have the instructor or other official from the class email [email protected] to verify completion of the course and we can add you to the roster of referees for upcoming seasons.

GSSA does not require returning referees to take the course again each year--but they, and coaches, are welcome to audit the class, free of charge.  Sycamore SAY soccer does provide continuing education, quizzes and other rules refresher opportunities prior to the start of the season.  

2024 Referee Class Information

Instructions for registering on the GSSA website as well as for referees

Ref classes from additional SAY North Organizations

Age Groups and Referees

Upon successful completion of a referee training course, all new referees begin by working Instructional (U6) and Passers (U8) games. Following two seasons of experience in Instructional/Passers, a ref can request to begin refereeing Wings (U10) games. With two additional seasons of the Wings level experience, a referee can move to upper level games. See the table below for a summary.


Soccer LevelReferee Minimum AgeReferee Experience
Instructional (U6)12* None Required
Passers (U8)12*None Required
Wings (U10)132 Seasons
Strikers (U12)144 Seasons
Kickers (U14)165 Seasons
Minors (U16)186+ Seasons
Seniors (U18)Adults6+ Seasons

* New referees must turn 12 by April 1 to be eligible to begin reffing in the spring; if you turn 12 by September 1, you can still take the class and begin to ref in the fall season.

Rules of Play
2022 SAY Playing Rules: current SAY rules which are used for all GSSA levels; note that as of late January 2024 the same rule book from 2022 was still posted on the SAY Soccer website. 

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