For those who would like to become a USSF/FIFA (United States Soccer Federation) soccer referee, a course is being offered locally.

The course is being offered at the PITCH on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. The March 9 class is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on March 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This course will gain a person official certification and will allow one to referee games played under USSF rules. There are different requirements if one would like to referee high school or college games.

The course will cover the rules of the game, the mechanics of how to referee, the equipment needed and how to get assignments. The course will be a grade-8 course, the starting grade, and will cost $115.

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

One is paid for the games worked, the amount depends on the age group and place in the referee team. There will be opportunities, as referees become more experienced, to go up in grade and to do more challenging games further afield.

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

Sign-up and introductory learning modules appear online. Sign-up online can be achieved by going to mainesoccerreferee.com and following the link to referee and then new referee classes.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.