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East Side Soccer Referees

East Side Soccer hires multiple referees to officiate on Saturday mornings for the ESS Recreation program (fall and spring).

Preference is given to current and past ESS players who are WNYSRA certified referees.

The entry level referee course is only offered in the early part of the year (January-April in 2023), so it is important that you take the course in early 2023 even if you don't want to referee until Fall 2023.

Referees officiate in 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 recreation games. Refs must be two years /grades older than the players in the game they are officiating for. While the age requirement for certification is only 13, refs who are at least 15 will be eligible to ref for a greater number of games.

Contact East Side Soccer Referee Coordinator

Contact for information or if interested in reffing.

Certification through Western NYS Referees Association (WNYSRA)

Certification involves taking a refereeing course and obtaining a risk management pass. Annual recertification is required.

You can see the complete listing of entry level courses here. The courses fill up quickly. Closest remaining courses are in Rochester area.


  • Must be at least 13 years of age.
  • $75 is due at time of registration. ($50 registration fee and $25 course fee)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Complete New York West Youth Soccer Risk Management  (18 yrs. and up $35 fee, no fee for 17 and younger, valid for 2 years).
  • All referee candidates 18 years of age or older must complete SafeSport certification through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.


Information about becoming a certified referee (entry level classes and risk managment) and recertification process.

2023 Entry Course Schedule

List of entry level courses offered by WNYSRA for 2023. Note: Courses fill up quickly.