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Uniforms & Equipment

The following information pertains to referee uniforms and equipment governed by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and furthermore with details specific to Loudoun Soccer. Other governing bodies such as AYSO, National Federation of High Schools, and the NCAA have different standards.

Required Items:

The following items are REQUIRED for referees to officiate matches:

  • Referee jersey (gold) – see below regarding Additional Details on Jerseys
  • Black shorts – see below regarding Additional Details on Uniforms
  • Black referee socks – see below regarding Additional Details on Uniforms
  • watch – digital wristwatch with timer or stopwatch – use of a mobile phone as a watch is NOT permitted
  • set of disciplinary cards (red and yellow cards)
  • whistle
  • set of Assistant Referee’s flags
  • Red/Yellow cards
  • Score pad (can be an official report document, a Loudoun Soccer issued score card, a 3×5 index card, etc.) to record game data (goals, bookings, etc.)
  • writing instrument (pen or pencil)
  • Velcro disk sticker (to affix your USSF patch to your jersey)
  • coin for the coin toss

Starter kits containing most of these items are available for sale for approximately $50 plus shipping (see below regarding How to Purchase Uniforms and Equipment).

Additional, suggested items are:

  • Alternate referee jerseys (color and/or sleeve length – see below regarding Additional Details on Jerseys)
  • Bag or backpack to carry equipment
  • Spare whistle
  • Spare writing instrument
  • Spare watch
  • Air pump and inflation needle
  • Sunscreen
  • Black hat (referees may wear a hat to protect against the sun but should not wear sunglasses; prescription glasses with transition lenses are permitted)
  • Water or sports drinks
  • Healthy snacks (ideally nonperishable items in case you forget about them in your bag)
  • A garbage bag to cover your referee bag in the event it rains
  • Foldable chair to sit on in between matches.

Additional Details on Jerseys

Jerseys must conform to USSF standards. Currently, there are ten (10) versions of jerseys in use: five different colors, and two versions of each color (short or long-sleeved). Please visit this page to see USSF guidelines and uniform provider information.

Jersey styles changed in July 2016, with a new, sleeker look implemented. Referees were given till 2018 to phase out the old style from their wardrobe; referees purchasing jerseys (either as new officials acquiring a jersey for the first time, or current referees adding or replacing jerseys in their collection) should purchase the new style.

The primary color for all referees is gold (or yellow). All new referees should acquire a gold short-sleeved jersey first. Referees who only desire to officiate Loudoun Soccer Recreation matches (Grades 8 and younger) can manage to do so only with a gold referee jersey.

Referees who plan to officiate for several years, aspire to work Travel matches, and/or accept games outside of Loudoun Soccer should acquire other colors in the following suggested order: Black, Blue, Green, Red (red is last due to the likelihood of a Loudoun Soccer team wearing that color for matches).

Referees who work higher level matches and/or work year-round may wish to acquire long-sleeved versions of the jerseys too.

Jerseys (all colors and both sleeve lengths) typically come in two price points: Pro and Economy. Pro jerseys feature zipper collars, mesh vents, and velcro-closed pockets; Economy jerseys are less expensive, and feature open collars and open pockets. More serious and committed referees should invest in Pro jerseys.

Referees may wear a black undershirt underneath their jersey (many referees wear a performance, wicking fabric to help keep them cool). This undershirt if worn MUST be black. In lieu of long-sleeve jerseys, referees may wear a long-sleeved black undershirt under their short-sleeved jersey in colder temperatures.

Additional Details on Uniforms

The purpose of a referee’s uniform is to distinguish themselves from the players on the field. To achieve this, take note and follow through on details regarding shorts, socks, and shoes. Newly certified referees and those who are only working Recreational matches have more leeway with these items; however, looking professional is part of the expectation for all referees, so all referees regardless of level should take note and act accordingly:

Shorts:

Shorts should be all black, except for a manufacturer’s logo (if applicable). Referee shorts often have pockets, too. Referees should not wear shorts like the players, which often include a white trim or piping and do not have pockets.

Socks:

Referees should wear black socks, pulled up high below the knee. Official socks typically come in two styles: three stripes (along the top of the sock) or two stripes, which typically are available through Official Sports (see below regarding ordering your uniform).

Referees should wear designated referee socks, and not black socks worn by players (e.g. the socks their Travel team wears, or branded socks from Adidas or Nike).

Shoes: 

Referee footwear (cleats, turfs, etc.) should be all black, save for any branding. It’s important that referee footwear is black so it’s distinguishable from players’ footwear, as players often have their heads down toward the ground. Player footwear tends to be bright colors and styles, which means wearing black footwear is preferable.

How and Where to Purchase Uniforms and Equipment

Referees may purchase uniforms and equipment from any vendor that is convenient. Some may wish to purchase them from local brick-and-mortar stores, while others may choose to purchase from online retailers.

Official Sports is the exclusive referee uniform supplier to US Soccer, and uniforms and equipment can be ordered directly from their website: http://officialsports.com/

Newly certified referees can purchase Starter Kits from them, which include the following in both Pro and Economy styles in both men’s and women’s cut jerseys:

  • 7 Piece: jersey (gold), black shorts, black socks, whistle, wrist lanyard, red/yellow cards,  Velcro disk patch
  • 10 Piece (pictured, and recommended): same as 7 piece with data wallet, scorepad, and AR flags
  • 11 Piece: same as 10 piece with bag or stringsack

Individual uniform and equipment pieces (e.g. another jersey, or a second pair of socks, etc.) can also be purchased.

Local retailers who may carry referee equipment:

Sterling Soccer – 47100 Community Plaza #128, Sterling, VA 2016, 703.430.2566
Dick’s Sporting Goods – locations in Leesburg, Dulles Towne Center, and Stone Ridge


Referee Payment

  • Referees are paid the following per-game rate for matches hosted by and assigned by Loudoun Soccer.

  • Payment is issued electronically via each referee’s GO Pay account at the end of each season (e.g. in June or July following the Spring season, and in December or January following the Fall season)

  •  Referees who are paid $600 or more by Loudoun Soccer in a calendar year will receive a tax form from the club to submit with their annual tax return.

  • Referees who officiate large number of games are awarded bonuses (each game is worth a different amount of bonus points; total bonus points equal additional payment).
Recreational and SFLCCL
AgeCenterAssistantBonus PointsAgeCenterAssistantBonus Points
GR120n/a0.509U44n/a0.75
GR220n/a0.5010U44n/a0.75
GR325150.5011U44251.00
GR425150.5012U49291.00
GR530200.7513U49291.25
GR635250.7514U57401.25
GR740301.0015U57401.25
GR840301.0016U61451.25
U1647371.2517U61451.50
U1955451.2518/19U65551.50

Adult League

Winter League
AgeCenterAssistantBonus PointsAgeCenterAssistantBonus Points
1-ref45n/a1.00u13/1436201.00
2-refs35 eachn/a1.00u15/1641241.00
u17/18/1945281.00

Other
AgeCenterAssistantBonus Points
Leesburg Christian (MS Level) 2-ref40 eachn/a0.75
Leesburg Christian (HS Level)50271.25
Patrick Henry (College Level)65421.50

ODSL

New Bonus Structure
AgeBonus
Points

Game
Length

Bonus PointsTotal
Bonus
Points
Bonus Amount
9U0.7540 min0.506$ 50
10U0.7550 min0.7510$ 65
11U1.0060 min0.7515$ 85
12U1.0070 min1.0020$ 115
13U1.0080 min1.2525$ 145
14U1.0090 min1.5030$ 175
15U1.25Adult1.0035$ 210
16U1.2540$ 245
17U+1.5045$ 280
50$ 315
55$ 350



 

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