Follow these three easy steps - becoming a certified U.S. Soccer referee has never been easier! Once you complete your certification process, make sure to setup your Gameofficials Profile so you can be assigned games.
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
2. LEARN ONLINE
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.
3. LEARN IN-PERSON
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.