BECOMING A REFEREE
Follow these three easy steps - becoming a certified U.S. Soccer referee has never been easier!
LICENSING COURSES FOR NEW REFEREES ARE NOW POSTED
Registration is performed online through U.S. Soccer's Learning Center . There is a $65 registration fee to complete the required course work so be sure to have ready your credit or debit card when registering.
NOTE - If you are 18 years of age or older, it is required that you complete the U.S. Soccer NCSI Background Check. The cost of the background check is $30 and it is valid for 2 years.
Certification to be a Grassroots Referee is done through a combination of online course work and in-person field experience. Your registration for the Grassroots - First-time Referee course will include both.
A video illustrating how to begin this process can be found below:
A video for Recertifying Referees can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZiVbXtPaLw&t
This incredible, at your own pace, 4.5 hour e-learning experience unites a variety of videos and learning modules for an exciting educational experience and prepares candidates for their assigned tasks and responsibilities as a Grassroots Referee.
The online learning must be completed before attending the course's associated on-field experience session.
The In-Person portion of a student's coursework includes practical exercises for aspiring candidates wishing to become U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referees. The goal is to prepare the candidates by offering a SAFE, FUN, reality-based, holistic experience preparing the referee candidate for their first game.