Good Afternoon All,

Below is the process to become a referee.

1. Register

Take and Pass Referee Entry course

This is the first step that must happen.  To register of a class, go to, look on the right side and you will see a black tab that says “Referee Course”.  Open that up and find a course that fits your status:

Grade 9 Course:  This course is for all referees and is designed for brand new refs that has no experience.  You must be 12 years old to register for this course.  It is a one day course.  This will allow only to do rec games only, you will not be able to referee select games.  After a year as a Grade 9, you will be able to upgrade to a grade 8 via Bridge course and will be able to ref all games.

Grade 8 Course:  This is a three day course that will allow you to referee all games.  You must be 14 to register for this course.  If you are 16 and older, I recommend that you spend the extra time and money to sign for this course and don’t take the grade 9.  Grade 9 is design for the younger kids as an introduction to referee.

As of right now there is only two courses online:  Grade 8 Entry 8/12-8/14 in Poplarville.  Just keep going back to the website, at least once a week and checking.  There will eventually be at least one grade 8 and 9 course somewhere on the coast between Bay St Louis to Pascagoula.  Most of the time there will be at least 2 of each, but they go fast.  Classes are only from August til December.  After December, there probably wont be any new entry class and you will have to wait until the following August.  So when you find one, register ASAP.  Usually they don’t give you but a week or  2 notice so check the website often.  Once you attend the class you will be required to pass the test,  If you fail, the instructor will give you instruction on retest.  You will be given several chances, so recommend signing for an early class just in case you have to make up another one.

Once you pass the course, you will be certified for the remainder of 2011 and all of 2012.  Next season in 2012 and each year after you will have to take a recertification course, usually from Aug to Dec. or a bridge course if you were a grade 9.  You must be a grade 9 at least one year before you can take a bridge course.

2.  Contact an Assignor

This is your job to do if you want games, we are not going to look for you.  Half the time we won’t know about you until you make contact.  After you successfully pass, contact one of the assignors below for the area you live:

Gulfport/Pass Christian/ Long Beach/Wiggins/Orange Grove – Thai Huynh Ray Biloxi – Scott Hannah Ocean Springs -Joey Williams Pascagoula/Moss Point – John Grunnigen or Pat Nix Bay St Louis – Julie Lawhead (Unsure if she is going to renew) Gautier – Joe Huynh DIberville – Mike Brolaski Hattiesburg – Gates Weaver You can referee for any assignor you want to as you are an independent contractor.  We just ask you to cover your home area first, and pretty much your local assignor will work with you.  Through out the year, you’ll ref your home area rec games and occasionally there will be tournaments to referee in.  Each tournament will have its own assignor, usually one of the above,  Tournaments can be found also on the mysa website.  Rec  games are usually Saturday only and some leagues have weeknight games.  Tournaments are usually Fri, Sat and Sun but mostly sat/sun.  You can travel anywhere in the state and outside (with travel permission) to referee tournament games, but you will have to contact each individual tournaments assignor to make arrangement.

3.  Find games and Referee

Get with your local assignor or someone you know that is already reffing.

Please feel free to pass this email to anyone that is interested in refffing soccer.  If you have any question, my contact is below.

812 Hwy 90 Lot #8
Bay St Louis, Ms 39520
(251) 533-8956 (CELL)

Other Referee Announcements:

Referees: If you are scheduled to officiate a game this season make sure that you are at the fields 30 minutes before the first game you are scheduled for.  Failure to show up for a game creates major problems and can result in you getting suspended from games.  We do not schedule extra referees so there is no one to fill your spot if you do not show up.  If games are cancelled due to weather you will be contacted.

For more information on referee courses or to register for this course, please go to

If you are interested in refereeing please e-mail Ray Johnson.

SMSC is currently looking for referees. Anyone age 12 and up is eligible to become a referee. No experience is necessary to take the certification course! If you are interested in becoming a referee, please contact our head referee at for more information.

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