Mt Diablo Soccer Association is an all volunteer league.  Every team 10u and above is expected to have a minimum of two certified referee volunteers designated at the beginning of the season to ensure the matches are properly covered.  If there is no certified referee for the match – there is no match and the goals get put away. Team referees do not have to be directly associated with the team (they do not have to be parents/grandparents/siblings).  However, team referees are expected to referee their teams’ games each weekend (until the World Cup where we will look for neutral referees).

Changes since 2022 season:

  • Removal of requirement for u19 / Reduction in requirement for 14u – due to interleague play and difficulty for new referees to do anything but AR at these upper age levels
  • Revised Bonus points for New referees – who may earn points at age levels below their team to build confidence and competence as a referee

Points Requirements

In order to ensure that all matches are covered by qualified and certified referees, all teams at 10U and older are subject to this policy.  If teams fail to meet this requirement, they will be ineligible to compete in the elimination stages of the World Cup (10u / 12u) or participate in the Area Cup (14u). 19u will not have a referee point requirement.

Required referee point totals by Age Group are listed below (note each team should have 10 matches to earn these points prior to the deadlines below):

10u 12u 14u 19u
Points Required 16 16 12
Deadline End of World Cup Pool Play End of World Cup Pool Play End of Interleague play No Point requirement

  • Referee Points are accumulated as follows per match: 
    • Center Referee (CR) = 2 pts 
    • Assistant Referee (AR) = 1 pt
  • Referees must be listed on the Volunteer Sheet to receive credit as a Team Referee. 
  • Referee points need to be earned in the team’s same age division or older

Earning/Crediting Points

  • Referees should sign up for games on MDSA fields using the Inleague referee schedule, before or after the game (for matches you cover at the field).  Point calculations are based on this schedule.
  • If you cover an Interplay game (12u / 14u / 19u) at an away field, contact to receive credit
  • New Referee Bonus – New referees understandably need experience at a lower level before feeling comfortable at a higher level match.  We have a couple of incentives for new referees (earned Regional Referee badge in last year)
    • Team referees who obtain their Regional Referee certification in the current year will earn 2 bonus pts for their first time as a CR.  This should be for a 10u match or higher.  
    • New referees (certified within last year) can earn up to 4 points for their team supporting a lower level match to build their confidence and competence as a referee.  Refereeing an 8u match will be worth 1 pt.
    • Email to claim these points
  • Point Gifting – a team may have up to 25% of their points allocated to them from a non-team referee in the same age group or higher (4 for 10u / 12u, 2 for 14u).  Email to claim it.
  • You do not receive credit in our reporting until you allocate your earned points to your team in inLeague.  Go to Referees menu (in InLeague)> Allocate Referee Points, assign the credit for each game you worked to your team to receive credit.  Please do this weekly so our referee point reporting is as accurate as possible each week.

Referee Point Reporting

The Ref Admin team will publish the first referee point report by team approximately half way through the season (and weekly after that) to the coaches and referees for each team.  You can email with any questions on that report.