How to Become A High School Soccer Referee

To become eligible to referee high school soccer for schools affiliated to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), you must complete the following requirements checklist:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  2. Check our operating area to make sure we cover the geography where you want to work
  3. Register with the FHSAA. This gets you on the NFSOA mailing list
  4. Pass a criminal background check
  5. Attend an NFSOA clinic (we will email you details)
  6. Pass an FHSAA-administered online exam
  7. Prepare the forms you will be required to submit to each school (the first time you work at a school, each season)
  8. Purchase your uniform and gear
  9. Be sure to to check the calendar for the registration deadline

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Recommended But Not Required

Previous soccer officiating experience is not strictly required, but is strongly recommended. If you have no experience, we will assign you to middle school games to build your experience.

While we do not have a physical fitness requirement, officiating high school soccer demands good fitness levels. Officials in high school soccer typically cover between 2 and 5 miles per game. That means you can expect to run 4-10 miles in a typical double-header assignment.