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ADVANCED GRADE REQUIREMENTS

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Here you can find all the requirements that need to be met in order to be upgraded to a higher grade. The Massachusetts State Referee Committee, with the approval of the Massachusetts adult and youth soccer associations, has published the Requirements for Advanced Grades. Some of these requirements are already contained in the USSF Administrative Documents, while others are specific to Massachusetts. In publishing the Requirements for Advanced Grades, we hope to consolidate and clarify certain minimum standards for referees who seek to achieve or maintain an advanced referee grade. These requirements are intended to be supplementary to established USSF guidelines. Contained in this document are specific elements for each grade. This paper is provided to give referees guidance and an explanation as to the essential components.

Upgrade to Grade 7 (from Grade 8)

Minimum Age:

17

Game Experience:

30 as Referee
10 as Assistant Referee

Game level to be counted for
advancement:

Affiliated Adult League or higher

Time in present Grade:

3 years as a Referee *

Training course requirements:

Complete and pass the Grade 7 Training Course

Physical Fitness Test:

None required

Written Test:

Minimum score of 80 on Grade 7 Test

Assessments:

None required

Minimum annual games for renewal:

10 at the Adult level

Recommended assignment level:

Age Restricted Adult Matches through the 2nd Division



Upgrade to Grade 6 (from Grade 7)

Minimum Age:

17

Game Experience:

30 as Referee
10 as Assistant Referee

Game level to be counted for
advancement:

Affiliated Adult Division 2 or higher

Time in present Grade:

12 months as Grade 7 Referee *

Training course requirements:

Complete and pass Advanced Level Training

Physical Fitness Test:

Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

Written Test:

Minimum score of 80 on State Referee Test

Assessments:

Minimum of 2 passing assessments as Referee, completed by two different State Assessors
(at least one at the Adult Division 2 level or higher)
1 as AR in Adult game

Minimum annual games for renewal:

10 at the Adult 2nd Division or higher

Recommended assignment level:

All Adult Games



Upgrade to Grade 5 (from Grade 6)

Minimum Age:

18

Game Experience:

150 as Referee
50 as Assistant Referee

Game level to be counted for
Advancement:

Of the 150 games a minimum of 50 must be on adult Division 1 league games

Time in present Grade:

12 Months as Grade 6 Referee

Training course requirements:

Attend State Referee Recertification Training

Physical Fitness Test:

Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests

Written Test:

Minimum score of 80 on State Referee Test

Assessments:

Minimum of 2 passing assessments as Referee, completed by two different State Assessors
(at least one at the Adult Division 1 level or higher)

* Time in Grade requirement may be waived upon successful completion of the FIFA Sprint and Interval tests, and upon a passing assessment in an Adult Division game by an assessor approved by the SDA; or by recommendation of the State Referee Committee.



GLOSSARY OF TERMS FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Grade:

The grade to which the referee aspires, or wishes to maintain. (e.g. A grade 7 referee who seeks upgrade should consult the standards for the grade 6 official.)

Assessments required for
upgrade:

The number of successful assessments required to successfully upgrade to that level.

Level of match to be evaluated:

The level of match that will be required to complete the upgrade.

Essential criteria to determine
pass or fail:

The qualities for which an assessor will be looking when evaluating an official's performance. In some cases it may be possible for a referee to be deficient on one or two areas by compensating with superior skills in others.

Minimum annual games refereed
for renewal:

The number and level of games a referee must officiate annually in order to maintain the advanced grade. (*) In the case of U-19, U-17 and U-18 may be considered as equivalent.

Recommended assignment level:

The level of matches for which the referee will be judged qualified. Although it is likely that any referee will occasionally encounter a match, regardless of the level of play, which proves difficult to handle, this is the level for which the referee is expected to comfortably perform in most cases.

Maintenance assessment
required:

The number and level of assessments required annually in order to maintain the advanced grade.



ESSENTIAL CRITERIA TO DETERMINE PASS/FAIL

Criteria/Grade

Grade 7

Grade 6

Grade 5

Control of the match:

YES

YES

YES

Man-management skills commensurate with:

ADULT

ADULT Div 1

ADULT AND PROFESSIONAL

Fitness:

ADEQUATE

GOOD

SUPERIOR

Understanding and application of the three man
system:

BASIC

GOOD

SUPERIOR

Ability to recognize and deal with fouls and
misconduct, retaliation and gamesmanship:

ADEQUATE

GOOD

SUPERIOR

Application of advantage:

---

GOOD

SUPERIOR

Understanding of team tactics:

BASIC

GOOD

SUPERIOR

Identify Key Players:

---

GOOD

SUPERIOR

Relate a sequence of events in a match to overall
game management:

---

GOOD

SUPERIOR



NOTES

NOTE: Assessments for upgrade must be approved by the State Director of Assessment.

NOTE: The determination for passing or failing a maintenance assessment is no different than that for upgrading to that grade.