Already certified?
If you’re a referee that wants to work at Cincy SC tournaments, please fill out this Referee Form to get into our database.

Becoming a USSF Referee
There is a shortage of refs in the Cincinnati area. It’s s a great way to learn about the game, earn some money, and have fun!

Age Requirements
U.S. Soccer requires all new referees to be at least 13 years of age.
USSF Referee Uniform
Check out these all-inclusive referee kits, or pick up the pieces you need online or at your favorite soccer shop. The default color is supposed to be yellow, but in Cincinnati the default tends to be green. 
Here’s how you can help, and make some $$$:
  1. Start here: New Grassroots Referee
    • Courses are run by state referee associations, including Ohio South, Ohio North, and Kentucky. Some may require an on-field session, and others may be all-virtual (in which case it doesn’t matter what state you register in — the patch is from USSF, not the state association)
  2. Create an account with the US Soccer Learning Center and Ohio South (
  3. Complete the online course and other requirements
  4. Connect with referee assignors to get placed on games of the appropriate level
    • Cardinal and Buckeye league games at Clear Creek are assigned using Game Officials, Here are two groups to join:
      • 1618 (SOSC : Southern Ohio Soccer Council
        – this is for Cardinal Premier League games)
        – group code and access code are both 1618
        – Assignor is Tom Vanderloo,, (513) 448-9868
      • 1184 (Joel Hughes Assigning: BPYSL – this is Buckeye games), access code = referee
    • Several other referee assignors in the Cincy area use

More Information:
For more information, visit the official site for Ohio Soccer Association,, the official site for US Soccer Referees,, and the official site for Ohio South State Referees,