Become a Referee

Welcome, and thank you for wanting to become a soccer referee!

To become a referee, you simply need to be 12 years old or older, be physically able to run for an entire soccer match, have good vision, and apply the Laws of the Game that you will learn when you take and pass the required United States Soccer Federation (USSF) begining referee class.  Its fun, an excellent way to make a some money and improve your health.  Contact us for more details at pleasantonsoccer at or call Frank Pereira at 925 989 8098

Click here if interested in taking a 2016 referee class

Game Officials Sign Up announcement

If you wish to sign up for games in Pleasanton, please go to the Game Officials drop down tab at the top right of this page, click on "Get Setup to Referee in Pleasanton" and follow the instructions posted there. If you have any questions, contact us and we will help you with that.

Here's where you can find: PSRA Contact information.

2016 Registration Important Information

If you are a currently registered 2015 referee, you should have received a note via GameOfficials addressing your 2016 registration. Here are a few highlights:
  • Please wait for a further note to register for 2016. Some have tried to re-register for 2015!
  • You need to carefully select your region during the registration process. Pleasanton is in the WEST region of California North. Here's a link to the Region List by Zip Code. If you don't register in the correct region, you cannot change it until you register for 2017.
  • You should register soon since it takes awhile to get through the system. You must be registered for 2016 to be assigned games by PSRA as of January 1, 2016.

For newer referees, your registration (upon successful completion of training) will cover you through 2016. However you still can change your Region so that it is correct.  Enter your account at

All - If you have any questions, please reach out to the  CNRA REGISTRAR at:
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ECNL Procedures


See the resources link for these ECNL league Matches at
and download the rules handbook here

California Regional League Rules


See the rules for these CalNorth Premier league Matches


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FIFA Laws of the Game Quiz and More
  • What is the minimum distance an opponent has to stand from the corner arc at a corner kick?
    (a)  10 yrds (9.15 meters).
    (b)  12 yrds (10 meters).
    (c)  6 yrds (5 meters).
    (d)  5 yds (4 meters).

  • A goalkeeper holds the ball in the palm of his hand. An opponent heads the ball out of his hand. Is this allowed?
    (a)  Yes, always.
    (b)  No, never.
    (c)  Yes, if not done in a dangerous way.
    (d)  It is left to the discretion of the referee.

  • During the half-time interval, a player changes position with the goalkeeper without informing the referee. The new goalkeeper denies a goal with his hand and the ball goes for a corner kick. What decision should the referee make?
    (a)  The referee awards a penalty kick and sends off the new goalkeeper.
    (b)  The referee awards a goal and sends off the two players involved in the change during the next stoppage in play.
    (c)  The referee awards a corner kick. He sends off the new goalkeeper and cautions the other player involved in the change.
    (d)  The referee awards a corner kick in favour of the attacking team and cautions the two players involved in the change.

  • Of the following infringements, indicate which is stated in the Laws of the Game as an offence punishable with a caution under Law 12.
    (a)  Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee`s permission.
    (b)  Being guilty of unsporting behaviour.
    (c)  Dissent by word or action.
    (d)  All are correct.

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