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Become a U.S. Soccer Referee

Grassroots Entry Referee Courses for new referees are open.  Completing a course between July 1st, 2021 and June 30th, 2022 will certify a referee to officiate U.S. Soccer sanctioned matches through December 31st, 2022.




Registration will be valid through December 31st, 2022 after completing the requirements.


If 18 years of age or older, this assumes you keep your SafeSport and NCSI background screening current during this time period.

grassroots Referee registration steps

1. Sign up in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center (LC)

Create a Profile through the U.S. Soccer Referee Learning Center (LC).​

  • The unique account identifier is an email address. Each referee profile must have its own email address. Parents/Guardians may add a secondary email address to each account profile.

Create your referee account

2. Complete the NCSI Background Screening and SafeSport Certification (if 18 years of age or older)

  • Mandatory for all referees 18 years of age or older.
    • If the referee turns 18 during the registration year, they will receive an automated email from U.S. Soccer reminding them to return to the Learning Center to complete these requirements. If they are not completed, their license is removed and they will no longer be eligible to referee until completed.


Log in to the Learning center  

Click Courses, click Available Courses, then Supplemental Courses.

  • ​The NCSI background screening may also be completed at the time of course registration.

3. 2022 Entry Grassroots Referee Course - New Referees

register for the New referee Course

  • ​Complete all of the following assignments in the Assignments tab:
    • Online Grassroots Referee Course
    • Intro to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
    • 2022 First Time Grassroots Quiz​

4. Attend a Field Training Event (FTE)

Attend one (1) field training event (FTE) hosted by the State Referee Committee. FTEs are four (4) hours in length.

  • Come prepared to run. Bring running shoes, turfs, or cleats as well as water or other liquids for hydration.
  • Details on the time and location are in each LC course.
  • Do not show up late! Referees should be at each game they are assigned a minimum of thirty (30) minutes before kick-off. Your first course is a good time to get into this habit.

5. Attend Zoom Virtual Training

After completing all of the assignments in the Learning Center course, register for a Zoom Virtual Training session. These sessions will be hosted starting August 5th, and are typically held on Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM and last one (1) hour.
  • ​Must only attend one (1) Zoom session to become certified.
  • Must have video turned on and be present for the entirety of the session to receive credit.
  • Zoom Registration Link - click on this link to view currently scheduled Zoom sessions and register.

6. Find a Grassroots Assignor near you

Use the Georgia Soccer Assignor List to locate an assignor near you. Please note the tabs at the bottom to switch between youth clubs, amateur leagues and tournaments. This document will be updated continuously. 

Send any corrections or updates to State Director of Assignment, Shannon O'Carroll.

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