Referee Resources

Interested in becoming a Referee for Sterling Youth Soccer Association?

Check out our Referee FAQ’s on How To Become A Referee.

If you are already a Referee for us, below are resources pertinent to referees. The items range from rules of the game to training resources, to how you get paid.


Game Rules

FIFA Laws of the Game Online booklet – Position Papers, Ask a Referee, Downloadable Laws of the game books — all that great stuff in one place.

U6 – U10 Game Rules and Guidelines

U6-U10 Game Rules and Team Formats (PDF version)

U9 – 10 Build Out Rules for Coaches and Referees  – includes YouTube Video explanation

Simple Video Instruction of the Build Out Line

U11-U19 SFL Rules (Game Requirements start on page 16)


Referee Training

Ref-IT Training 8.30.17

Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program – This website was founded by a soccer enthusiast, and “is designed to provide fun and UNOFFICIAL advice” to the coaches, players and the player’s parents — although refs will find it a fun resource as well. What I like about this site is that it gives a lot of practical advice and guidance for many common situations in which you, the ref, will likely find yourself.


Game Assignment

Currently, SYSA uses an online self-assignment system called SINC Sports (link to login is below). Upon request, a new referee is granted an ID and password, giving them access into the system. Referees are then free to click on the games they wish to work. Certain limits are placed upon self-assignments to make sure that referees select only those games for which they are approved. (To request your ID and password, contact SYSA’s Referee Assignor & Coordinator at

SINC Sports


Referee Pay

At SYSA, referees receive pay checks twice per season: once during the mid-season referee meeting, and again within 2 weeks following the final games of the season. You will need to submit a W9 form. One can be obtained from the IRS website here.

Pay Scale

Spring 2018 SYSARefiTPaySheet (2)


Uniform Requirements

Note: caps may be worn but must be solid black with no emblems

U6-U8 Rec Game Referees:

  • Gold referee shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Official referee socks (black with 3 white stripes)
  • Referee whistle (suggest having a spare in case one breaks or is lost)
  • A watch or stopwatch to keep time


U9-U19 Rec Game Referees and all Travel Game Referees:

  • Above items
  • Pair of referee flags
  • Set of red/yellow cards
  • Score keeping sheets



SYSA has adopted the following Code of Conduct, expected of all spectators at SYSA sponsored recreational events. This ensures we create the best possible environment for our children and to foster sportsmanship by positive example.



For any additional questions, please contact your referee resources via one of the options below.

Referee Assignor & Referee Mentor Coordinator, Mark Hall:

Club Administrator, Tara Koehler: