Referee Info


Thank you for your interest in our league, we are always searching for professional, highly qualified referees. To work in our league, please register at and be sure to get on the NUWS User List.

You must be USSF certified to ref in our league. Find more information at Please contact our Referee Assigner with any additional questions.


Our league is recreational adult league and has rules that are unique from youth and other adult leagues. See bylaws for more specifics but here are some highlights:

Rosters are not set in stone:
Teams rosters can change from game to game, and players can be added before or during the game to a roster. Players should be on the roster before entering the field of play. There is no limit to the number of players on a roster.

Players may play for both teams or switch teams during a game. This is primarily to encourage gameplay particularly in the case when a team is short on players and “borrows” players from the opposing team. They can borrow them for the duration of the game or different players throughout the game. Players just need to be listed on the roster for any team(s) they play with.

We are here to play:
Our fields are often in poor condition. Please try to find workarounds and make it work! If a team doesn’t have nets or corner flags, the game should still be played.

Slide Tackling:
Slide Tackling is permitted in all Open divisions.
Slide tackling is prohibited in all Over 30 games. A legal/safe slide tackle should be treated as a dangerous play and an indirect free kick should be awarded. A player sliding for a ball with no other players nearby is always permitted and is not considered a slide tackle.

Player Cards:
Each player must have a current OASA card in order to play. A copy of a card, a photo of their card, or a receipt for their card is not valid. Without a card, a player is prohibited from playing. Referees must note if a player or team attempts to play with an ineligible player and that player will be penalized by the NUWS board.

Game Duration:
Games are scheduled to have 45 minute halves. Adjustments will need to be made at the beginning of the season due to early sunset. Teams are given a 15 minute window after listed start time to get enough players to start (7).


All of our league referees must have a current W9 form on file. If you do not have a W9 on file with our league, or the address on your W9 is not current, we will not be able to pay you for our games. You can download the W9 form here. Complete the form and email the form to the League Treasurer, fax it to us (503.536.6508), or mail it to us at PO Box 19866, Portland 97280.

The NUWS league processes referee payroll and mails checks at the end of each season- in August for the Spring season and December for the Fall season. If you are a league referee and you have not received a check within a month of the end of the season, it is probably because we do not have a valid W9 on file. All payment inquiries can be directed to the League Treasurer.