In CLCF there are three (3) levels of Referees: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The determination of assignment of level for each referee rests with the Director of the CLCF Referee Program. Referees are evaluated annually.
- Novice: New Referees including inexperienced second year Referees. All new referees begin at this level.
- Intermediate: Experienced Referees with at least one year at the Novice level. Minimum requirement: Competent refereeing of the most competitive level game in the Under 10 Division. Advanced level referees will be assigned to Under 12 and Under 14 Division games unless they also play in these divisions.
- Advanced: Very experienced referees with at least two years in the CLCF Referee Program. Minimum requirements includes demonstrated ability to competently referee the most competitive Under 14 Division game and one or both of the following qualifications: 1. Successful completion of the USSF Referees Test; 2. Demonstrated competence to instruct Novice Referees on the field during a game.
- Shirt: Short sleeve Gold with Black Stripes.
- Shorts: Black with no white stripes. CLCF player's shorts are acceptable if they are solid black.
- Socks: Black with three (3) white stripes above the calf.
- Whistle: At least two (2) preferably with different sounds.
- Game Record Folder with pen or pencil. (Always carry 2 pens or pencils)
- Caution/Ejection Cards: Red and Yellow (Enclosed in a game record folder is the best.)
- Sweatshirt: Black or Gold to wear under the shirt in cold weather. (polar fleece is best; avoid cotton)
- Warm insulation shorts may be worn under the referee shorts as long as they do not show.
- Wrist watch with a stopwatch in it.
Referees in CLCF are paid to judge games based on position and experience level. A fee schedule is distributed as part of the referee meeting sessions.
- What is a referee?
- What are the responsibilities of a referee?
- What is the authority of a referee?
- What are the limitations of a referee?
- What is the role of the referee before, during and after the game?
- How does the referee demonstrate command of the field and game by his/her very presence?
- What are the rules of soccer?
- How does the referee enforce the rules?
- How does the referee penalize infractions of the rules?
- How does the referee protect players from injury?
- What is the referee's role when a player is injured?
- Where does the referee position himself/herself during different parts of the game?
- How does the referee deal with players? With coaches? With spectators?
- How does the referee deal with disagreements and difficult situations?