Soccer Referee Information

Updated Monday November 28, 2016 by Mike Cahill.

UPDATED on August 6th with additional referee training date - see below

2016 Soccer Referee Information

For the 2016 CYC St. Charles Soccer season, to be eligible to referee games, each referee must complete the written test which you can access from this page. The completed answer sheet is to be mailed, per the instructions on the test paperwork. The other option for submission of the written test answer sheet is to bring it to one of the three referee training sessions that we will have this summer.

We will hold three different referee training sessions this summer for new referees and all referees who want to improve their knowledge of referee mechanics. At these training sessions, which will last between 2 to 2.5 hours, we will spend a short time going over a few administrative parts of being a referee, then we will spend the bulk of the time working on the pitch. The time on the field will include proper referee positioning in the two man system, application of the rules of the game and anything else that needs to be covered while we are on the pitch. Since we will be spending the bulk of our time on the pitch, each participant should wear clothing that will be comfortable, based on the weather conditions and bring something to drink. There are no guarantees that drinks will be provided, although we plan to do so. ALL REFEREES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE TRAINING AS IT WILL BE MOSTLY MECHANICS WORK THIS YEAR. New referees are required to attend the training. Training dates, times and locations are listed below.

Additionally, each referee is required to join the CYC-SOA (Sport Officials Association), at a cost of $5.00 per referee. The $5.00 cost covers each referee's premium payment for the liability insurance coverage received by joining the CYC-SOA. This is needed, as each referee is considered an independent contractor. Each referee is required to join the CYC-SOA to make sure that all of our referees have insurance coverage, and to keep the cost of the insurance down for each referee. So, even if you referee games for MSHSAA, you still need to joint the CYC-SOA.

Most parish require referees that work games at their fields to be compliant with Archdiocesan child safety requirements, so anyone that is 18 years old and graduated from high school will likely be required to have completed the PGC program and background check requirements. The parishes and/or sport associations should be requiring each referee to submit a completed W-9 form for tax purposes too.  

Soccer Referee Training session dates:

Sunday, July 17th from 6:00PM to 8:30PM at the Knights of Columbus soccer fields on Hwy N, just west of Cottleville

Wednesday, July 20th, from 6:00PM to 8:30PM at the Knights of Columbus soccer fields on Hwy N, just west of Cottleville

Wednesday, August 3rd, from 6:00PM to 8:30PM at the Knights of Columbus soccer fields on Hwy N, just west of Cottleville

​Sunday, August 21st, from ​6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Knights of Columbus soccer fields on Hwy N, just west of Cottleville. (meet at concession stand pavillion)

If you have questions regarding the soccer referee training or testing, contact Mike Cahill @

2016 St. Charles CYC Soccer referee test
FIFA offside presentation.pdf