Northborough Youth Soccer prides itself on being able to provide qualified referees for all matches from U8 and above.  We make sure that all referees are officiating appropriate level matches based upon experience and age.  All levels from U9 and above must be Certified USSF Referees who are trained to officiate the match correctly, fairly, and ensure a safe environment for the players.

NYSA Grade 1/2  Referees – In the Spring of 2015, NYSA created a new tier of referee, a referee that is between the age of 12 – 14 and is specifically trained to officiate the Sunday Grade 1-2 games.  This new group of referees was created in reaction to the MA State Referee Committee changing the minimum age level of USSF Referee from 12 to 14 years old.

This introductory level has been very popular and anyone interested should contact the NYSA Referee Assignor to learn more.

BAYS Grade 3-8  Referees – All referees must be USSF Certified Grassroots Grade 8, to find out more about certification please click here Steps to become a referee.   NYSA’s Referee Assignor will assign all matches using the BAYS system and will assign by age group, divisions of age groups, and positions (AR v. Center) based on experience and age.  The assignor will work with you to make sure you are confident and comfortable as you progress through experience.  NYSA also will almost always have a Mentor that will observe and help your progression in a fair and constructive manner.


BAYS – Pays all referees for Grade 3-8 games, this happens every 2-3 weeks throughout a season.  Payments are only issued if you have completed your game reports. Please refer to BAYS referee pay info for the latest pay information.

NYSA – Pays all Grade 1/2 referees and Mentors at the close of the season.  NYSA will also fully reimburse any Referee Course for Northborough residents provided a minimum number of 3 matches are officiated in a season.

Referee Current Pay Scale (1/7/2016)

Referee Mentor
Grade 1/2  $ 15.00 $30.00

Please contact the NYSA Referee Assignor, Adi Pandit with any additional questions or you would like more information.

US Youth Soccer Laws