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Returning Junior Referees


Each season, MSI trains nearly 100 teenagers as Junior Referees, and utilizes their talents and abilities to officiate nearly 700 games for our 3rd and 4th grade program. These games are 7v7 or 8v8 and are played at locations all across the County. Individuals interested in becoming a Junior Referee must be at least 13 years old, and complete a 9-hour training program, consisting of 6 hours of classroom instruction and 3 hours of "on the field" practical training. Experienced ("returning") Junior Referees must complete 2 hours of refresher training before each season. Detailed information for these training sessions, as well as a link to the online registration form, is provided below on this page.

Assigning of games is primarily accomplished by e-mail communication between the Junior Referee Assignor and the Junior Referees. Before the start of the season, the Junior Referee Coordinator sends a "mass email" to all Junior Referees who have completed the training and asks that they go online and provide their preferences regarding locations, dates, and times for the games they will work during the season. Using that information, the Assignor makes assignments each week. Junior Referees are then asked to respond promptly to confirm or decline their assignment. 

Being a Junior Referee is an exciting, rewarding and fun way for young men and women to develop maturity and confidence and is a great way to give back to the great game of soccer. It is important to note, however, that it is a difficult and challenging job at times and there are some fine young people who may not be comfortable yet interacting in a competitive game environment with adults. For those who welcome a challenging opportunity to become a Junior Referee, MSI provides strong mentoring and remedial support through the season. Parents and candidates are encouraged to consider this prior to registering for the training.

Junior Referees may choose to receive either SSL hours or $10 per game (with a bonus after working a certain number of games).

Thank you to everybody who participates in the Junior Referee Program, including the parents who help make it all possible. Your participation literally makes it possible for several thousand youth to play soccer each season!


Returning Junior Referees must take one 90-minute refresher training each season. There is no fee for returning Junior Refs. Please register for one of the two options below. 

Refresher Training 
  • Option 1:  Tuesday, August 28th, 7:00pm-8:30pm at MSI Office Park conference room (7529 Standish Pl, Rockville)
  •   Update 8/28, 12:30pm ... Please do not select the August 28 session, it now is full!
  • Option 2:  Wednesday, September 5th, 7:00pm-8:30pm at MSI Office Park conference room (7529 Standish Pl, Rockville)

                                                                          Click here to register for the Returning Junior Referee training! 

**Please note that it is preferred to have as many returning Jr ref's  as possible choose Option #1 (Tuesday, August 28), since we will immediately begin scheduling of work assignments for Opening Day on Saturday, September 8).

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