WANT TO BECOME A REFEREE?
Before Coming to the Referee Class,
Get An Individual Email Address That’s Only For You.
Congratulations! You are interested in becoming a USSF Referee registered in North Carolina. Please visit the referee clinics page for schedule of entry level clinics grade 9 or 8 that are being offered.
Almost all communications about being a soccer referee in this state will be done through your email address. If you do not have a personal email address, you must get one. If you do not have one, read on and we will teach you how to get a personal email address for free!
In addition, in North Carolina, all registered soccer referees are given a referee identity on a statewide World Wide Web assigning system called The Arbiter. To be invited to tournaments and to be assigned soccer matches, every referee must have a unique, individual working email address. Fortunately, access to a web-based email address is both easy and free.
In addition to the price, your free web-based email account has advantages over a home, school or business account:
So where can I find an email account just for me? Easy: Begin with a search of the World Wide Web. You will quickly discover there are perhaps 100 ways to gain a free email account. So look for and consider the following features:
Let’s get started with two examples: AOL Mail and Inbox.Com
It is that easy!
Other free Email services
GMail Requires a mobile phone number to register. Unlimited storage.
Yahoo Mail Excellent Outlook-like look and feel. POP3 access is extra cost feature.
MSN Hotmail Allows for limiting senders
FastMail Limited Storage
Lycos Mail The best spam protection available, but limited features and storage
Write Your Email Address on the Referee Registration Form at the Referee Clinic
Now when you fill out your USSF
Registration Form at the referee clinic you attend, carefully write
your new email address and watch in a few weeks for a “WELCOME to
Arbiter” email. Then follow the instructions you received in your
class about using
You can also learn more about Arbiter by visiting the “Arbiter
viewing the excellent PowerPoint tutorial located there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I don’t bring my new email address to the referee clinic to put on my referee registration form?
A: You must send your correct
email address to the Sate Referee Administrator at
Q. Why don’t I just use my brother’s account?
A. You can, IF your brother isn’t
already or going to be an official with an Arbiter Account.
Each official must have a unique email address of his own on
Q. Mom is helping me out getting started since I am just 14. Shouldn’t I use her email address?
A. Not a bad idea in your first year. And you can change to your own address at The Arbiter easily in the future. But if your brother or sister (or Mother!) wants to become a referee this year or next year, he/she cannot use the same address. One email address per referee only.
Q. My Mindspring account requires every new email sender to register, as a means of spam protection. Can I use my Mindspring account?
A. Yes, but be very aware that you
must in advance submit as approved any email from
and from your
assignor(s). Remember, your assignor(s) may be working with several
hundred officials and several hundred emails every week.
Q. Am I required to have an Email address to be a USSF Soccer Referee in North Carolina?
A. No, but most local assignors use
the Arbiter, and you will most likely miss out on tournament
invitations, class and clinic notices, training information, and
other communications from your State Referee Administrator or your
State Youth Referee Administrator.
Q. Can I change my email address in the future?
A. Certainly! Go to
sign in with your old email address; on your personal information
page change your email address to your new email address; and
SAVE your new information. Exit Arbiter entirely and then come
back in. This time use your new email address (your password stays
the same) and check “Automatically Sign Me In Next Time” if you
wish. It would be wise to notify your assignor(s), too.
Q. How often do I need to check my email account?
A. During the soccer season, you will check for new email messages at least once a day. As you get more active, you should check in several times a day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Finally, it is vital that you check for new messages before leaving home on Saturday morning and again Sunday morning.