Upgrade Process (Effective 2015)

Please review the Referee Advancement Policy in order to familiarize yourself with the upgrade process.There are 5 steps involved in the upgrade process. You MUST complete the first step and receive approval before proceeding. The other steps can be completed in any order. Once started, the Intermediate Clinic/exam, Fitness Test and Assessment(s) MUST be completed within a 12 month period. The clock starts with the completion of any one element. Criteria for upgrade are described below.

Fill the application for upgrade and the Match Log. Send an e-mail to the SRA and SDA attaching these 2 documents.

icon Application For Upgrade

icon Referee Upgrade Match Log

Your application for upgrade will be reviewed by the SRA and SDA for:
  • Appropriate game count per USSF policy
  • Re-certification requirements have been met
  • There are no outstanding disciplinary actions against you
Once the review process has been completed, you will be notified either that your application has been approved or it has been denied. If approved, you can proceed with the upgrade process. If denied, you will be notified as to the reason(s) for the denial.
Referees upgrading to Grade 7A,Grade 6 or Grade 5, must complete the FIFA Sprint and Interval Fitness Test. Alabama's Grade 7A Fitness Times are:
  • Sprint times are: 40M sprint, 8 seconds per sprint. 6 Sprints Required
  • Interval times are: 2x150M interval run, 40 seconds per run. 10 laps required
  • Recovery: 2x50M recovery walk 45 seconds. 10 recovery laps required
  • Progression is 150M run in 40 seconds, followed by 45 second recovery walk
Alabama's Grade 6 Fitness Times are:
  • Sprint times are: 40M sprint, 8 seconds per sprint. 6 Sprints Required
  • Interval times are: 2x150M interval run, 35 seconds per run. 10 laps required
  • Recovery: 2x50M recovery walk 40 seconds. 10 recovery laps required
  • Progression is 150M run in 35 seconds, followed by 40 second recovery walk
Grade 5 Fitness Times are:
  • Sprint times are: 40M sprint, 6.4 seconds per sprint. 6 Sprints Required
  • Interval times are: 4x75M interval run, 17 seconds per run. 10 laps required
  • Recovery: 4x25M recovery walk 20 seconds. 10 recovery laps required
  • Progression is 75M run in 17 seconds, followed by 25M in 20 second recovery walk
Look under the "Clinics" tab for Fitness Tests scheduled by the SRC.

icon Finess Test for Grade 7A and Grade 6 (Alabama Times are shorter)

You MUST complete the required clinic hours and pass appropriate written exam as follows:
  • Grade 8 to 7A: Intermdiate 5 hour Clinic. 85% on Grade 7 Referee Exam
  • Grade 7A to 6: 19 hours of Advanced classroom training. 80% on State Exam. The SDI will approve the attendance at any particular advanced clinic and the number of hours credited for said clinic. Such clinics may include a State Referee Certification Clinic given in another state; the Annual Alabama State Referee Clinic; US Soccer Referee Training Seminars (Pro Clinics); some of the training at the Region III Tournament; some of the training at Region III ODP Summer Camps
  • Grade 6 to Grade 5: TBD
You MUST complete the required assessment(s) for your grade. Mail a Request Form for each assessment to the SDA 150 Heritage Lane Madison, AL 35758, along with a check or money for the appropriate amount. A minimum of 2 weeks notice is required to schedule and ensure availability of assessor. Request forms may be e-mailed as an attachment, with stipulation that payment and original form are to be mailed immediately. The SDA will appoint an assessor and communicate this to the referee. If particulars of the match change, the referee is responsible for contacting the assessor directly.
Any out-of-state upgrade assessments MUST have prior approval by the SDA.

Games which the assessor deems as non-competitive or not a “test” of the referee’s abilities, do not count for an upgrade, even if the referee’s performance was satisfactory. You will still have to pay for the assessor – through the SDA. If the referee fails a non-competitive match, the game counts as a failure, and will need to be replaced (for State Referee only).

icon Request for Uprade to Grade 7A Form

icon Request for Uprade to Grade 6 Form

Upgrade Requirements
Subject to Alabama Referee Assessment/Upgrade Criteria

Current Level

Referee Grade 8
Current Level
Referee Grade 8
UPGRADING TO
Referee Grade 7
Current Level
Referee Grade 7
UPGRADING TO
State Referee 6
Current Level
State Referee 6
UPGRADING TO
State Referee 5
1. Minimum Age 14 17 18 18
2a. Experience (minimum cumulative career outdoor games at designated level) Not Required Referee: 75
Assistant Ref: 25
Level: USSF games
Referee: 100
Assistant Ref: 25
Level: USSF U19 competitive leagues or higher level
Referee: 150
Assistant Ref: 25
Level: USSF U19 competitive leagues or higher level
2b. Time in present grade Not Required 12 months as grade 8 12 months as grade 7 12 months as grade 6
3. Training course requirements Grade 8 5 hours of USSF Intermediate Level Training (Advanced Recert) 19 hours of Advanced Referee Training (19 Hour Upgrade Clinic) 19 hours of Advanced Referee Training (19 Hour Upgrade Clinic)
4. Written Exam 80% minimum score on USSF Referee Exam 80% minimum score on USSF Grade 7 Exam 80% minimum score on USSF State Level Exam Pass the National Test
5. Field Evaluation by Registered USSF Assessor Not Required Pass one evaluation as referee on U18B or higher level game employing the DSC Pass two field assessments as referee and one as assistant referee in U17 competitive leagues or higher Pass three field assessments as referee and one as assistant referee in U17 competitive leagues or higher
6. Fitness Test Not Required Required – see below Required – see below Required – see below

 

Physical Fitness Test Requirements – Upgrade and Grade Maintenance

CURRENT LEVEL
Level 8
CURRENT / NEW LEVEL
Level 7
CURRENT / NEW LEVEL
State Ref Grade 6
CURRENT / NEW LEVEL
State Ref Grade 5
Interval Test None Required 150M sprint (40sec)
50M walk (45sec)
20 Repititions
150M sprint (40sec)
50M walk (45sec)
20 Repititions
75M sprint (17 sec)
25M walk (20 sec)
40 Repititions
40Meter Sprint None Required 8.0 sec 6 times 8.0 sec 6 times 6.4 sec 6 times

 

Annual Grade Maintenance Requirements

Current Level
Grade 8 & 9
Current Level
Grade 7
Current Level
State Ref Grade 6
Current Level
State Ref Grade 5
Recert Clinic / Course 7-8 Recert 7-8 Recert State Referee Recert State Referee Recert
Interval Test None Required As above As above As above
Field Assessment None Required 1 Ref U18B or above 2 Ref U18B or above 3 Ref U18B or above
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