Madera Roja FC
 Madera Roja FC

Referee Coordinator / USSF Assignor

Darrell Ringman
(Contact information listed below)

Madera Roja FC
Referee Assignments

PensraMadera Roja FC and many area clubs use the PENSRA referee assignment system for both league games & tournaments.  Register & request games through this system.

PENSRA is a powerful and easy to use system that provides the ability for referees to SELF-ASSIGN to matches for those matches they are rated for.  You can manually request others.  Force-North offers hundreds of assignments each year and referees are expected to be independent and highly reliable.  No show, no call situations are dealt with harsh consequences.

To get games, be sure to keep your profile updated with a correct and accurate e-mail address, then, mark your profile with the MRFC ‘availability’ check-box.  This way you will get the Assignor's messages.  Make sure your rating is up to date and accurate and contact the assignor to request rating changes.  Leverage self assign as often as you possibly can.  Read the PENSRA failure codes to determine why you can’t self assign.

Games are released for self assign about three weeks in advance, but other short-notice opportunities also pop up.  Keep your Pensra account Referee-->Inquiry window handy to monitor for matches.

The Assignor's Top 10 Advisories…

1.) Do not return assignments back in my lap; when you’re contacting me because you cannot make a match, be responsible and have a back-up identified – I need to be in the loop and make adjustments in Pensra 
2.) While the CR typically provides flags, all officials should have all equipment necessary to carry out the match, including ARs*! 
3.) Arrival time is a MINIMUM of 15 minutes prior to kick-off, you need this time for a pre-game conference, check-in and field inspection 
4.) Red cards must be reported promptly, each league has it’s own requirements – do NOT delay! 
5.) Referees who are awarded matches with conditions to complete training, etc. MUST follow-through and fulfill the conditions before working the match!
6.) There are multiple ways to reach me; use Pensra SiteMail for issues which are not time sensitive, e-mail for important issues, SMS messaging for urgent issues and CALL ME if something critical comes up. 
7.) Be responsive. If you don’t reply to me, I will stop using you for assignments. 
8.) Do not have others represent you – all officials must be responsible and keep in touch with me, just like a real job! 
9.) Do NOT sit on unaccepted assignments, accept them promptly! 
10.) SHOW-UP for your assignments – no show/no call situations will be treated harshly. 

While I appreciate all officials specific and unique needs and circumstances, please resist the temptation to contact me until after you have consumed all the terrific resources on this page, in PENSRA’s FAQs and on

Referee Equipment

Referees are expected to coordinate their colors; as a crew, they too should be ‘uniform’.  Referees should bring back-up kits to ensure they match.  Referees should be able to reliably wear yellow, red, blue, green or black.  Visible undergarments should match the color of the item covering them.  Referees are encouraged to reach out to each other in advance to ensure each match is properly presided over.

Referee systems

All official USSF 11v11 matches must have a three-referee crew.   A ‘Club linesman’ is allowed, with limited responsibilities, to cover for an assistant referee in the event of an absence.  U.S. Soccer reiterated in Spring of 2016 that the two-referee system should not be used.  Although 9v9 matches are allowed to have single-referee assignments per some League rules, Juventus continues to assign three referees to these matches.

4v4 1 CR
7v7 1 CR
9v9 1 CR, 2 AR
11v11 1 CR, 2 AR

League Game Pay Rates

(effective 3/1/2022) *

Age - length of half  CR Pay AR Pay
U08-U10 - 25 min $45 $30
U11 - 30 min $50 $35
U12 - 30 min $50 $40
U13 - 35 min $55 $45
U14-U16 - 40 min $60 $50
U17-U19 - 45 min $65 $55

* Pay rates for tournaments are different and can vary

Note that CYSA & NorCal match lengths can vary.  At the moment, there are now different lengths for U14 games (effective 2016):

  • NorCal League & Cup U14’s – 40 min halves 
  • CYSA Fall League U14s – 35 min halves

League Rules

Important Links

License Information

You cannot referee games without a current license.  The LATEST process (effective, September, '19) for new and renewing referees can be found at: (new) (renewals)

There is expected to be an extreme shortage of referees when play resumes following the pandemic; if you are interested in becoming a referee, now is an excellent time to get trained and certified so you can help with coverage and make some money while enabling the kids to play!

Please refer to US Soccer's Referee Learning Center for detailed information about becoming a referee at .  For questions, contact the appropriate representatives on the CNRA website.

Darrell Ringman

Madera Roja FC Referee Coordinator
e-mail: Use for non-assignment inquiries
e-mail: Use Pensra Site Mail for all group and individual assignment inquiries (Pensra–>Services–>Mail–>Compose)

Important – e-mail or site-mail
Urgent – text 650-575-1881
Critical – call 650-575-1881


Madera Roja Futbol Club

Po Box 7062
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650 716.3110 650 716.3110


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