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Make It Your New Year Resolution to Become a Soccer Referee

By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
December 29, 2021-There are many wonderful things that happen when a person starts to ref including earning money, learning to manage people, learning more about the game, staying fit, expanding yourself by leaving your comfort zone as well as meeting the greatest people on soccer fields, including your new officiating colleagues. Becoming a youth soccer ref could be one of the best decisions you ever make so make it your New Year’s resolution to get certified.

Randy Vogt (in green) has been a referee since 1978, long before he was Eastern New York’s Public Relations Director too. Photo by Michael Blackton.

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is currently seeking new referees to be in the middle and/or on the line as assistant referees in youth soccer games throughout the state. The minimum age is 14 years old to become certified. Below is the link to register:

The certification course starts online and then follows with a field session. You can contact the Area Coordinator of Instruction in your area should you have questions:
With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with nine leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer. For more information, please log on to