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Referee Information

Thank you for giving your time and efforts to refereeing at Southern Soccer Academy. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned veteran, or a newly-qualified referee, we want to make sure that we as a club support your efforts and recognize the vital role you play in ensuring that all our players, parents, and coaches have a safe and enjoyable soccer experience.

To assist you in this process, we have an experienced group of staff in place:

SSA Cartersville (Cartersville Soccer Complex) - Matt Cannon (refmattc@gmail.com) 770-765-3166
SSA North (Big Shanty, Adams Park, Noonday Park) - Jim Crawford (jimcem@bellsouth.net) - 678-234-0448
SSA Northwest (Braly, Taylor Farms) and West (Alexander HS) - Mark Smith (ref1962.ms@gmail.com), 770-500-9211
SSA Central (Mud Creek, Marathon Park, Fair Oaks, Tramore) and SSA DeKalb (Midway Park) - Referee Assignor - Shawn Dennard (shawnsoccer@live.com), 678-923-1791
SSA Central (Mud Creek, Marathon Park, Fair Oaks, Tramore) - Referee Coordinator (mentoring, referee/parent feedback) - Jo-Ellen Eiseman (cateringbyjoellen@gmail.com), 678-849-3164
SSA South (Whitlock, Central Park) - Steve Briggs (stevebriggs@bellsouth.net) - 770-313-9369

These contacts will be your primary go-to resource when it comes to questions about assignments, Game Officials registration and account management, ongoing assessments, and feedback about your experiences through our Referee Mentor Program.

We also have our Operations Manager, Sean Chamberlain (schamberlain@ssaelite.com), available as a point of contact for general questions about the club, and as a confidential point-of-contact for issues related to coach misbehavior, in support of the staff listed above. 

ASSIGNING PROCESS

SSA uses the Game Officials system to handle the assigning for all regular season and tournament games. If you are a certified referee and interested in refereeing at SSA, please follow the instructions below.

NEW GAME OFFICIALS ACCOUNT

Go to www.gameofficials.net and click on “New Official?”.  Enter "1094" in the Group Number box and in the Access Code box.  Click continue and compete the registration.  Email your local area staff (information above) once you have competed the registration or if you have any questions.

EXISTING GAME OFFICIALS ACCOUNT

Go to www.gameofficials.net and Login.  Go to My Assignor and click on Join a New Group.  Enter "1094" in the Group Number box and in the Access Code box.  Click Join Group and email your local area assignor (information below) that you have joined our group.

ASSIGNMENTS
Referees are booked (5) days in advance.  Each club referee should set his/her availability in Game Officials weekly or e-mail their ref assignor by Sunday of each week with your availability and any other restrictions in your schedule.  Assignments are e-mailed by Wednesday.  Please accept your assignment promptly in Game Official to confirm you are taking the assignment.  Click here for more information on how to get started in Game Officials.

GAME DAY EXPECTATIONS
At SSA we have an elevated game day expectations.  These expectations include and incorporate our referees.  Please click here to print out our game day referee expectations check list.


REFEREE PAYMENT


SSA Select/Academy Games

Age

Center         

AR

7-a-side Academy

22

11

9-a-side Academy

24

13

U13/14 Select

30

18

U15/16 Select

40

25

U17/19 Select

46

32

U12 NPL

40

25

U13+ NPL

50

35




Rec Games

7-a-side Rec

20


9-a-side Rec

22

12

U14 Rec

25

16

U16 Rec

33

20

U19 Rec

45

30

  • Payment is made monthly by check based on the referee's actual Game Official assignments for regular season play.
  • It is the responsibility of the Center Referee to post the score of each of their games in Game Officials and list any assignment change(s).
  • Any referee that makes a change to their assignment must contact the assignor within 24 hours.
  • Referees contacted regarding cancellations within 24 hours of the scheduled game time will not be paid for that particular match.
  • SSA tournament pay to officials is made by check.  Checks are issued within one week of the tournament being completed.
NEW REFEREE, RECERTIFICATION, AND CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES

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