Capital District Referee Association (CD Ref) offers referee courses, for information please contact Michael Rennick, CDREF’s Instruction Coordinator, at

Application for new Courses for Grade 8 referees below is now open. 

All new referees need to be at least 15 years of age to register for the course


Course dates and Location dates:

Prospective Referees: 

You are receiving this email since you requested to take the next Grassroots US Soccer Referee Course. 

We are announcing that you can now take the US Soccer new Grassroot Soccer Referee course via US Soccer on-line site and then sign up to take the one day in person class being held on February 29, 2020 at CBA from 9:00pm to about 3:30pm.

The cost of the in-person class is $190.00 paid online on the ENY Game Officials Site which includes the full uniforms that you will be ordered and sent to your address after the course completes.  Please do this as soon as possible, if you wait, the class can get filled up or you won’t have time to complete the on-line part before the course is closed.

Instructions as how to do this:

This letter is instructions for new referees to sign up with US Soccer to take their on-line Grassroot Referee course and take the SafeSport training. These two things are prerequisites to signing up for the ENY In-person Grassroot Referee class to be held February 29, 2020. You will need at least a 4 hour window to take the on-line Grassroot class and at least a block of 1.5 hours for the SafeSport Training from US Soccer.

The in-person class will be held on February 29 at CBA at 12 Airline Dr, Albany, NY 12205. The class starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm, you must be there from 9:00 to 3:30, no exceptions.

All prospective students must:

Create a profile with US Soccer

Complete the online Grassroots training (4 hours)

  • If 18 or older complete SafeSport training (1.5 hours)
  • Register for in-person training via Game Officials and download Liability Waiver and have it signed by parents if under 18 and signed if 18 and older. 

Instructions for students to complete class prerequisites and register for in-person course can be found here, please read instructions and follow them closely:  

Our course is 30814.

There is no walk on day of class, and all new referees must do each piece in the proper order. Please print your certificates from US Soccer for the completion of the course and those 18 and older, must have the SafeSport training printed certificate to show at the class. 

Look forward to seeing you at our next class,

Michael Rennick