I noticed that non-FIFA referees who are refereeing professional matches are wearing a red badge. Is this the new “professional” referee badge that the federation came out with? Can you provide detail.
Is the color of the badge only being changed for the professional referees, or will the color for national and state referee be changed.
Please shed some light on this topic.
USSF answer (February 21, 2009):
Effective this year, those National Referees working professional games as referee or assistant referee have been given new red and yellow badges. These badges are to be worn only when they are working MLS, WPS, and USL 1 and 2 games. The different colors have no significance other than to complement whichever uniform the referee team wears.