November 19, 2019
Dear Advanced Referee,
As many of you are already aware, U.S. Soccer has made many changes in the referee program since last year. The two biggest that will impact you are the different referee grades and where we register for courses.
The first big change is the referee grades. All 2019 grade 9, 8, and 7 referees will become Grassroots Referees and all grade 6 and 5 referees will become Regional Referees in 2020. Emeritus as well as instructor and assessor grades will follow suit. This means that the number of people attending our normal advanced course held in both August (primary) and November (make-up) will change significantly and only need to be attended by instructors, assessors, and regional referees. Current grade 7's will instead register for the online grassroots recertification course (available now). If you are interested in upgrading to regional referee, you will need to complete a different course. If you would like to attend the regional referee course anyway, please reach out to Tom Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can make sure space is available.
The second big change is that all referees, assignors, assessors, instructors, and even futsal referees will now register for courses and complete content through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center (https://learning.ussoccer.com) instead of GameOfficials. You will need to create an account and link your new account to your registration history within their system. The process is pretty straightforward, but some folks are having trouble getting the system to link to their history. U.S. Soccer has exclusive access to do this and can be reached at email@example.com. A brief instructional video was made to help you through the process (https://youtu.be/g8XoD9T-GQM). That withstanding, everyone that is 18 and older must now complete a background check ($30) through the learning center before it will allow you register for a course. It can take up to 10 days for the results to return. Once the system receives the "green light" from the background check, you will need to complete the online "assignments" within the system. This year they are taking most people about 4 hours to complete.
Like the grassroots entry level course, the regional referee recertification course requires passing an on-field experience. So, it will be important to dress for the weather and be ready to run on the field when preparing for the course.
As many instructors, assessors, and regional referees completed this course in August, Paul Terry is the only person who has successfully registered for this Saturday's course. Way to go Paul! If you did not attend in August and will be recertifying as an assessor, instructor, or regional referee for 2020, please register today. Given the time remaining before Saturday, if you plan to attend but are still waiting for the background check to return, please email Tom Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can plan to see you.
Finally, because there is not yet a mechanism within the new system to publish and allow folks to sign-up for a fitness test, please email Tom Berger (email@example.com) if you plan to participate in Saturday morning's fitness test at Waggener. Here are the logistical details:
Like you, we are adjusting to the change. As with most change, it's tough in the beginning but will work out in the end for the better. Please reach out to us with any questions you have.
Director of Instruction,
KY Soccer Referee Assoc.
Louisville, KY 40207
502-744-5944 (text preferred)