Becoming an assessor requires possessing a certain personality in addition to the assessing program having a need for additional Assessor personnel.


Must be at least 25 years old and a Grade 7 Referee at some point in referee career. For more information on how to certify to become an assessor, please contact the SDA. The contact information is on the Administrators page.

Experienced officials who possess the necessary technical and "people" skills are invited to become part of their state's assessment program.

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Annual Assessor Clinic

Assessors are required to attend 5 hours of in-service training annually and pass the State Referee Examination test with a score of 85% or better.

Risk Management

All assessors are required to complete a background check once every 2 years.


All Referee assessments are now required to be submitted using the USSF on-line system.

In 2011, a simplified assessment form was introduced at the professional level to replace the 2009 Assessment Criteria form. The form has reduced the time required to complete the form, while still allowing the major elements of the previous form to be consolidated into fewer criteria and feedback received from the referees, administrators and assessors has been positive. No changes have been made to the grading system, rating of game difficulty and sufficient test criteria.

Effective October 1, 2012, this new form will replace the 2009 Assessment Criteria form for use on all formal assessments completed as part of the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program. Please note that no changes have been made to the Development and Guidance Form.

Below are the current (as of 2012) USSF documents and forms:

icon Expectations for Referee Performance by Grade

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All assessments are reported via web site. After the assessment is completed the referee should automatically receive the feedback form. Assessments must be completed within 72 hours of the assessment.Guidelines and criteria for maintenance and upgrade assessments are defined in the Alabama Soccer Manual.