DDYSC requires all referees to be certified by USSF (United States Soccer Federation). Licensing classes are held locally in February and August at the Decatur Family YMCA each year, as well as year round at various locations throughout the state. You will learn the rules of soccer (Laws of the Game) for FIFA and Georgia Youth soccer.

Advantages to becoming a USSF referee: 

  • Earn money! Pay rate varies with age level of players.
  • Work only when available. You are an independent contractor.
  • Great professional history for a college application or resume.
  • Develop skills to make decisions, execute planned actions under game conditions.
  • Confidence building with experience gained handling complex situations. 
  • Maturity gained by job duties - maintaining attire, being at job on time, and acting professional.
  • Opportunity to advance to higher level challenges (Referee a College/Pro game).
  • Experienced referees are in demand. And there is only one way to get there. Try it!

Table of Georgia Youth Modifications

U4 Recreational Rules 

U5 & U6 Recreational Rules

U7 & U8 Recreational Rules

U10 & U12 Recreational Rules

For more information about officiating with DDYSC, please contact our Referee Assignor, John Herrmann at