HOW TO BECOME A REFEREE
Thank you for your willingness to help strengthen the soccer community in the Chattanooga area. Southeastern Soccer Officials Association is your one-stop-shop for soccer officiating in the Greater Chattanooga area.
A separate registration is required for Middle and High School in Tennessee (TSSAA) and Georgia (GHSA). Recreation and select games (USSF) also require a certification. We can guide you through each of these and connect you with the local assignors. To referee middle or high school you must be a member of SSOA. SSOA assignors also cover all local select games.
US Soccer Referee Registration
(recreation & select)
For US Soccer Federation referee registration you must take the Grade 8 Entry Level Course. The reference to grade has nothing to do with grades in school, it's the way USSF ranks the level of referee.
To register for one of the upcoming classes this season please go to www.soccerofficialstn.org click on Approved Classes and look under the class types listed below. All classes have a video portion that MUST be completed prior to attending the in class session. The cost for all classes is $78.00 payable online at the time of registration.
We are offering four choices in classes this fall with each class limited to 30 students maximum. If you show up at a class without pre-registering you will run the risk of being turned away due to the class size limit. The classes are listed below:
We will have two 1-day course. This course includes both online work (part 1) and classroom work (part 2). The online portion of the course is made up of two sessions, and so, the entire course is made up of three: 1. Part 1a: First online session 2. Part 1b: Second online session 3. Part 2: In-class learning You must
complete the online sessions before attending the classroom session.
Sat, Aug 19 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sat, Sep 16 9:00am - 5:30pm
We have two 2-day courses. This course includes two online sessions: Part 1a: First online session and Part 1b: Second online session. Part 2: In-class learning You must complete the online sessions before attending the classroom session. You must attend both Friday and Sunday sessions.
Fri, Aug 18 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun, Aug 20 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Fri, Sep 15 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun, Sep 17 1:00pm - 5:30pm
High School/Middle School Referee Registration
To referee high or middle school in Tennessee you will need to register with TSSAA.
Go to: http://tssaa.org/officials/registration/ select the link to Arbiter Sports and start the registration. At one point you will be asked to select an association. Select SESOA (Southeastern Soccer Officials Association).
For high school students only: Skip the payment and send an email to Terry Hillier at stating you are a student.
(there is no registration fee for students in high school).
You will then be directed to take an open-book online exam.
Go to select “Officials’ Exams” this will take you to the NFHS website where you will need to create an account and take the soccer exam.
The National Federation of High Schools rule book will be mailed to you when you register with TSSAA or given out at the first association meeting in the Spring if registering with GHSA.
To register for Georgia high or middle school you will need to register with GHSA.
To register with GHSA send an email to and let him know the you want to referee in Georgia.
The best training is from US Soccer Federation and every member is encouraged to take a USSF Grade 8 Entry Level course during their first year as a member of SSOA. Local courses are taught by Kenny Seagroves and Gary Welch. There are various formats and lengths of the classes that are offered in the late Summer/early Fall and Spring prior to the start of the local recreation seasons.
If you have any questions or problems getting registered please email me.