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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Daily Referee Quiz

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FIFA Laws of the Game Quiz and More
  • An attacker with an obvious goalscoring opportunity heads the ball. At this moment, his shirt is pulled by an opponent. The referee applies advantage. The ball is passed directly to a team-mate who scores a goal. What decision should the referee make?
    (a)  The referee allows the goal and does not take any disciplinary action.
    (b)  The referee disallows the goal, cautions the opponent for preventing the attacker gaining possession of the ball by holding on to his shirt and awards a direct free kick or penalty kick.
    (c)  The referee allows the goal and cautions the opponent for unsporting behaviour.
    (d)  The answers a) and c) are correct.

  • Which is correct? At a corner kick, the opponents should be a minimum of 10 yds (9.15 metres) from...
    (a)  the corner arc until the ball is in play.
    (b)  the corner flag until the ball is in play.
    (c)  the ball until it is in play.
    (d)  None of the answers are correct.

  • A player is cautioned if he commits one of the following offences. Which is not correct?
    (a)  Being guilty of unsporting behaviour.
    (b)  Persistently infringing the Laws of the Game.
    (c)  Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and or gestures.
    (d)  Delaying the restart of play.

  • What are the maximum and minimum number of players and substitutes allowed in any one team that can be listed to participate in an official match?
    (a)  A maximum of 16 and a minimum of 7.
    (b)  A maximum of 23 and a minimum of 7, depending on the maximum number stipulated by the rules of the competition .
    (c)  The maximum and minimum number is established by each of the member associations.
    (d)  A maximum of 11 and a minimum of 7.

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