What is required for a Complete Referee Uniform?

            

A USSF approved Referee Jersey - Required

Yellow USSF Referee Jersey - Primary Color

Black USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color.  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Red USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color.  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Blue USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color.  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Green USSF Referee Jersey - Alternate Color .  May be required as you gain experience and officiate more competitive matches to ensure you have a different color than the teams playing.

Black Referee Shorts - Required 

2 Stripe Black Socks - Required

Current Year US Soccer Referee Badge - Required

Primarily Black Shoes - Required

Referee Badge Velcro - Unless you are going to sew your badge on (not recommended) you will need this to attach the badge to your shirt

 

Equipment to include:  Whistle, Watch with countdown timer, Game cards, Something to write with, a backup to something to write with, Red and Yellow cards, Referee wallet (holds the red and yellow cards and game cards), Flags, Coin, Equipment Bag

Starting in 2019 officials should be wearing the new style uniform jersey - Standards of Dress The biggest change to previous uniforms are shirt and socks.  If you own the old 3 strip socks or old pinstripe and broad stripe shirt, they are no longer part of the official uniform and should not be worn.

These seem to be common questions for new referees "What color shirt do I need? Do I need black shorts?" - for all referees the basic uniform should be a short-sleeve yellow USSF jersey, black referee shorts (these are not player shorts – no stripes or piping), the two stripe USSF referee socks, black or mostly black shoes, and the badge of the current year.  This will cover most games.  As you develop and accept more challenging games, you may need other colors.  I have found that in our area, black is a good alternate then red when you need a third. 

There are several resources online where you can find referee equipment.  Ensure you’re getting the current authorized version as several sites still have the old styles listed.

You are required to be in complete uniform for any match that you are assigned.  Please wear the uniform with pride...shirts tucked in, socks pulled up to below the knee, referee patch etc...

         

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