2023 Referee Camp InformationPrintable

Registration opens March 1, 2024


We are excited to offer a week-long soccer referee clinic targeted to youth  - who would like to become soccer referees.   Funding for the camp is subsidized with a grant from the United States Soccer Federation as part of the USSF "Innovate to Grow" initiative.   The camp is designed to produce

Competent and Confident Youth Referees

This summer referee clinic is designed for youth 13 to 16 years old.   In order to become a registered United States Soccer Federation referee, the minimum age is 13 years old.    Those campers that are under 13 years of age will NOT be eligible to become a USSF Referee.   

San Francisco:  McCoppin Square Park or Beach Chalet Park : June 24 - June 28, 2024
Palo Alto : Cubberley Community Center:  Middlefield Road: July 22 - July 26, 2024


Attending a referee camp such as this is NOT a requirement to become a certified USSF referee.   The minimum requirements to become a certified USSF referee are outlined on the website of the California North Referee Association www.cnra.net 

Camp attendees that also register with the United States Soccer Federation will become USSF Grassroots referees.   Requirements are:

·        Minimum age 13 years old.

·        Register with the USSF and pay a separate $75 fee.

·        Complete approximately 5 hours of on-line referee instruction.   Ideally this would be accomplished before the referee camp.   

·        Referees that finish the on-line USSF material before the end of camp will be awarded their referee license at the end of the week. 

We will be providing you with a code to select the correct USSF registration class.   We will be sending information about USSF registration to those individuals that are part of the camp.    Rest assured we will help you through the process.    

Mature 12 year old youth have been accepted in the camp in limited numbers in the past.   These referees will take on-line training on the pensra.org website.   Once they turn 13, they can then register with for a USSF course and take the 5-hours of on-line training.  With special arrangement, if is possible, but not guaranteed, that the camp attendance can be credited toward the field session training required to become a USSF referee.   


DAYS - Bay Area Camps
Five days (Monday thru Friday)  9 AM to 4 PM  



·        Referees will be provided with an entire referee kit (valued at over $125), including all the uniform and all the accessories needed to be an experienced referee.

·        Campers will have 25 - 30 hours of instruction from certified instructors from the United States Soccer Federation or the American Youth Soccer Organization or SAY Soccer. 

·        All instruction will be outdoors, on the soccer pitch, interacting with players and developing the mechanics and skills to become competent and confident soccer referees. 

COST - Bay Area Camps
$300 per referee  
An additional $75 paid to the United States Soccer Federation for the referee license.

Partial scholarships ($150 discount) are available to deserving youth.   To apply for a scholarship, please submit a letter outlining your situation along with a supporting letter from your school counselor/soccer coach/soccer club or similar individual familiar with your situation.   

Water, sun screen, a hat, a backpack/string bag/small duffle, lunch.  Positive attitude.   

Register for Bay Area Summer Clinic


Contact president@pensra.org

For Bay Area Camps, no refunds after 21 days before the first day of camp.   

SAY Soccer, Peninsula Soccer Club, San Francisco Youth Soccer and the Peninsula Soccer Referee Association