WARREN — A course is being offered in the Midcoast for those who want to become a USSF/FIFA (United States Soccer Federation) referee.

The course will gain one an official certification and allow one to referee games played under USSF rules, said Stephen Peats.

“There are different requirements if you would like to referee either high school or college games,” he said.

The course is offered at the PITCH on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. The course will cover rules of the game, mechanics of how to referee, equipment needed and how to obtain assignments, Peats said.

This course will be a grassroots course, the starting level, and will cost $115.

The season for club (USSF) soccer mainly is in the spring and fall, and games are played locally. A referee is paid for the games worked, as the amount depends on the age group and place in the referee team.

There will be opportunities, as referees become more experienced, to advance and to do more challenging games further afield.

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

For more information, email Peats at peats@gwi.net.

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