Wakefield has a long tradition of having a great referee program, and we need your help to continue it.

To maintain a successful soccer program, it is vital to have a large number of local referees. In addition to needing center referees for U10, U12, and U14 games in the fall and U10 games in the spring, assistant referees are needed in both the fall and the spring for U12 and U14 games.

Referees are paid for each game they ref. Pay rates are dependent on the age group of the game, the type of game (travel vs intramural), and the assignment type (center vs assistant). Travel center referees are paid by MYSL, while intramural refs and assistant refs are paid by WSA. MYSL sends out payments at the end of each season (fall and spring).  WSA pays refs twice per season at the midway point and at the end of each season.

Individuals must be at least 14 years of age to become a Grade 8, entry level referee. Training is provided by the Massachusetts State Referee Committee, MASSREF, which administers training, certification, assessment and registration of referees in MA. Additionally, WSA will provide some in-house training for its referees.

WSA will provide new referees with a uniform package including a shirt, shorts and socks. Also, WSA will reimburse active referees for their initial course fees and recertification courses as long as they continue to referee for Wakefield.

Individuals interested in becoming a referee should review the MASSREF web site,, for additional information. Once a course has been selected, notify the referee director, [email protected], so he/she is aware of a new Wakefield referee coming along.

Additional questions can be sent to [email protected].