The first step is to become certified with USSF. There are two levels for beginners to choose from a grade 9 (recreational referee), which is an 8 hour class, or grade 8 referee, which is a 16 hour class. Go to www.kyreferee.com to register for a class. The Northern KY area is district one. The Kyreferee website is updated with class information about a month before the classes are held which is February/March and July/August for new ref classes.