If you are at least 13 years old you are eligible to take the entry-level class, which is an 8-hour weekend class typically on Saturday. To register for a class go to the Iowa Soccer Events Calendar and search for "Entry-Level Referee Course" in a location that is convenient for you. WDMSC hosts a class before each season, and once it is scheduled the information is sent out to the entire membership.
The current cost for the entry-level referee class is $55. In addition to that, you will need at least one official USSF referee jersey, a watch and a whistle. A pair of black shorts, black referee socks and black cleats or turf shoes will up your image quite a bit. If you referee at least 15 WDMSC games in your first two seasons as a referee, the Club will reimburse you for the cost of the class.
Each season the Club holds an on-field training session for new referees. When it comes time for that first game, you will be assigned to a U7 or U8 match. The Club tries very hard to coordinate with all new referees so that our Director of Referees or our Referee Assignor can be at their first game.
There are four ways to participate in a soccer match:
Different persons involved in a match in each of these roles see the game from completely different perspectives, and each is able to add -- or detract - from the quality of a match in a unique way. Learning the science, and the art, and of officiating a soccer match will add greatly to one's understanding and appreciation of The Beautiful Game.
Referees will be paid through Arbiter Pay according to the following pay scale:
U9/U10 Rec: $25/game
U9/U10 Academy: $25/game
U11/U12: $30/Center and $25/AR
U13/U14: $35/Center and $25/AR
U15/U16: $40/Center and $30/AR
U17/U18/U19: $50Center and $35/AR