How to Become a Referee

The Central Virginia Referee Association (CVSRA) is responsible for all referees working for the Richmond Strikers.

The Richmond Strikers utilize Grade 8 or higher USSF Certified Soccer Officials for all matches. All referees who work Striker matches are paid for the games they work. Referees are paid on a monthly basis.  

If you would like to become a referee for the Richmond Strikers and any other soccer organization in the area, and are at least 12.5 years of age, please follow the guidelines below:

  1. Click on:
  2. On the left hand side of the page, click on “Registration Instructions”  and follow the prompts.

• The first step will be to register as a “New User”. This is where you register with U.S. Soccer. It takes approximately 24 hours after you complete this step before you will be able to go online to register for a course. You will then be able to go back into the same website and register for a clinic using the link on the left of the page to find the clinics/classes available. 

• The course you will be registering for will be the “New Grade 8 Online Combo”. (Do not register for Grade 9 certification as the Richmond Strikers do not utilize Grade 9s for any matches.  The courses close to this area will be in the Central District. Clinics schedules are posted 4-6 weeks out. You should find one in Richmond almost every weekend in August and February.  During the fall and spring seasons; there may also be one or two offered.

3. Once the course is completed, contact the Central Virginia Soccer Referee Association (CVSRA) assignor Beth Hatchell at

The CVSRA assignor will ensure that you are assigned to games that match your age and certification level. CVSRA is responsible for assigning all Striker matches and all matches under the Strikers Tournament Series umbrella including The Jefferson Cup Tournament Series. In addition, CVSRA assigns for all major clubs and tournaments not only in the Richmond area, but also for other select clubs in the state of Virginia.

If you are already a USSF certified referee and would like to referee games in the Richmond area, please contact one of the CVSRA assignors.

We are ALWAYS in need of referees.