Gear for Soccer Referees
Soccer referees need a number of different accessories to be ready for the game. We have the tools you need to be a successful referee.
Helpful list of what you need to have for gear and attire as a soccer referee.
- An approved USSF referee uniform. The gold shirt is the primary jersey color for referees so it should be the one jersey you purchase right away. If you are only getting one jersey, then buy the short sleeved one. You can add the long sleeve jersey later. Once you have more game experience, you should add one of the alternate color jerseys. You do not need to buy all the different colored jerseys right away. However, if you advance as a referee, then you will need to add the alternate colors over the next few years.
- Solid black referee shorts or black shorts with the USSF Referee logo on the leg.
- Black socks with three white stripes at the top or the USSF referee logo on the top. Socks should always be pulled up to your knees and not bunched down around your ankles.
- Your current year USSF badge on the left shirt pocket of your jersey.
- You may need your 16 digit USSF identification number for tournaments. You will find this number on the ID card you receive in the mail after you have taken the course and registered. You will get a new card each year, but the number will always be the same. If you need your ID number before you receive your card, please contact your area referee administrator or your SRA. If they don't have it, then you may contact U.S. Soccer.
A referee bag that should contain the following:
- A watch with stopwatch functions - two watches are preferred, one for starting and stopping and one for keeping a running time in case you forget to start the first one.
- Red and yellow cards.
- Tossing coins.
- Whistles - always have an extra in your bag.
- Flags for the Assistant Referees or Club Linesmen (if you are working alone).
- Cold weather gear when the time of year makes it necessary.
- Street shoes and dry socks.
- A large plastic trash bag (to put your ref bag inside in case of rain).
- Snacks (energy bars are great!) if you are going to be doing more than one game.
- Rubber bands or baggies to hold and separate player/coach cards for each team.
- Water - don't forget to bring water.