Become a Referee

Needham Soccer club offers opportunity to referee in 2 of our core programs during both Fall and Spring seasons.

  • NSCCL (Needham Soccer Club Champions League) – ‘in-town’ program for players in grades 3-6.
  • BAYS Travel Program (Boston Area Youth Soccer) – Travel soccer league for players in grades 3 – 12

NSCCL (‘in town’ program, recommended for new referees, aged 12+)

  • Must be age 12 or older on June 30th
  • Free entry level courses offered by NSC (see below for latest dates)
  • Recommended for new referees to gain experience
  • ‘in-town’ league played in Needham on Saturdays & Sundays
  • 3rd/4th grade(7v7) and 5th/6th grade (9v9) divisions (boys & girls), allowing new/young refs to gain experience with 7v7 before moving into 9v9 games.
  • New referees receive a full uniform, referee book and laws of the game upon completion of the introductory course*
  • Weekly paid game assignments
  • NSCCL Certification allows refereeing ONLY in NSCCL games here in Needham.


*Referees are expected to complete at least 5 games over the course of their first season

For any questions about refereeing in the NSCCL program contact


Spring 2021 Introductory Course

Thursday April 1st: 6pm – Course Zoom Link Will Be Sent To New Referees

Spring 2021 Returning Referees

Must watch the refresher video below. 


BAYS Travel League Referees (State Certified, FIFA Affiliated)

  • Must be at least 14 years old
  • Recommended for referees after getting prior referee experience in NSCCL
  • Must have taken the Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS –
  • For a list of Grade 8 Entry Level Course options in MA – CLICK HERE
  • Course fee reimbursed by NSC, and a full referee uniform provided upon completion
  • Upon completion of course, referees will be qualified to referee or assistant referee BAYS league games
  • Referees paid per game by BAYS during the season.
  • Assistant Referees are paid by NSC at the end of the season
  • Growing pay scale for bigger game formats/older age groups – Make more money as you gain more experience!
  • Travel game assignments from NSC are all in Needham. However state certified referees are able to branch out into other towns, leagues, tournaments on their own accord.

Contact upon completion of the course, or with any questions.


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