WARREN — If one would like to become a USSF/FIFA (United States Soccer Federation) soccer referee, a course is available. The course will gain one official certification and allow that person to referee games played under USSF rules.

There are different requirements if one wants to referee high school or college games.

The course is offered on Friday, Aug. 27 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 29 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the PITCH on Rt. 90.

The course will cover the rules of the game, mechanics of how to referee, equipment needed and how to get assignments. It is a grassroots, starting-level course, and will cost $115.

The season for club (USSF) soccer is mainly in the spring and fall, with games played locally.

Officials are paid for games they work, as the amount depends on the age group and the person’s place in the officiating team. There will be opportunities, as referees gain experience, to advance in level and work more challenging games further afield.

One can sign-up at mainerefs.gameofficials.net and following the link to referee and new referee classes. Learning modules will be sent once one signs-up.

For more information, contact Stephen Peats at peats@gwi.net.

MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com.