Love soccer? Become a soccer referee

Birmingham Alabama
Photo courtesy of Sam Bierster

Alabama needs soccer referees.

The Fall soccer season in Alabama begins in late August. Before the season starts the Central Alabama Referee Association  (CARA) needs to recruit and certify dozens of new soccer referees.

That is why CARA is holding 2 referee classes/clinics for NEW soccer referees in the Birmingham area for the next two Saturdays, August 5th   (Heardmont Park) and August 12th (Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex).

(Before you attend the class you must complete the online referee training course.)

Step by step instructions on becoming a referee- HERE 

Refereeing soccer games pay approximately $20 to $35 an hour depending on the level of the game. Referees can be assigned to 2 – 6 games a day, primarily on weekends. Some refs are part-timers and only occasionally do games. There are refs that actually make officiating games their career.

The beginning age to become a soccer ref in Alabama is 14 years old. There is no age cut-off.

Birmingham Alabama


Follow the 6 step process outlined on the Alabama Soccer Association website (it’s at the bottom of the webpage).

Below are additional details about the two classes, fees, requirements  and contact information from the Central Alabama Referee Association:

New Referee Class
Saturday, August 5, 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Heardmont Park Senior Center
5452 Cahaba Valley Rd Bham Al 35242
Contact: John Clemons

New Referee Class
Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex
4700 Sicard Hollow Rd Bham Al 35242
Contact: John Clemons

Birmingham Alabama
Photo courtesy of Danny Colpo

The class consists of an online class and a classroom class. Both are required.

You must complete the online class before you attend the classroom class.
You do not need to pre-register for the classroom class. Just show up.

The total cost of the class is $100.00. $40.00 cash or check is paid at the class and the remaining $60.00 is paid online when you register.

The class is entirely indoors. You do not need to bring any soccer gear.
We will bring lunch in so you will need about $5.00 – $10.00 for lunch.

If you have any additional questions, contact Joe Gallagher, Central Alabama Referee Association at 205 516-9430.

If you love the game of soccer, this is a great way to “give back” and make a difference.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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