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Question Number: 3209


Chris Rake of Austin, TX USA asks...

Is there any "sample test material" available on the web for people who are preparing for their first-time USSF referee (grade 8) certification?..How does one best prepare for the test? Must they be able to quote every LOTG word for word, or should they be prepared for really nasty trick questions? Any other advice?

Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

The best preparation is attending the classes and reading the Law book. You will not need to quote line and verse. ..You will need to understand the difference between fouls and misconduct and what constitutes each of those. You should understand the eight mandatory cautions. Read the guide to procedures for referee, ar and 4th officials. You must be able to understand Law 11, offside and most importantly when to stop play and how to restart after all different stoppages...Study the Laws and I'm sure you will pass, good luck and have fun on the pitch.

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