High school and college soccer games are played using slightly different rule books prepared by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  These organizations each require a separate referee registration process.

If you’re interested in refereeing high school or college soccer games in Oregon, you should contact the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) or the Oregon Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (OISOA).


Although the national high school and college associations are affiliated with USSF, high school and college games themselves are not affiliated. That means, of course, that you should never wear your USSF badge at a high school or college game. Also, your USSF liability insurance won’t be in effect while you work high school or college games.


High School Referees

High school soccer occurs in Oregon in the fall, with the season running from September through October and play-offs through mid-November. Games are usually played on weekday afternoons and early evenings, with games beginning as early as 3:30PM and starting as late as 8PM in some cases.  There may also be some weekend games.

Most USSF officials over the age of 17 are also high school referees.  Games are played in accordance to the National Federation of High School (NFHS) Rules.

High school requires a separate training and written test and is regulated by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).

Most high school officials associations offer training in late August.


College Referees

Requirements for college officiating are set by the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA).  The NISOA provides referees to the NCAA, the NAIA and local community college soccer programs.

In order to become a college soccer official, you must:

  • have at least 3 years of high school varsity or equal experience and refereed at least 25 games;
  • have two letters of recommendation from current NISOA members and one from a college coach or a NISOA instructor or assessor;
  • take and pass a written and a physical exam, after passing two field performance assessments.