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Become a U.S. Soccer Referee

Entry referee courses for new referees are not yet open at this time. Please continue to check back on this page periodically for updates. Due to Covid-19, entry referee courses will no longer have a required In-Person component for the remainder of 2020. All work will be completed online to become a new U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee.

Note: The minimum age to register for a course and become a referee is 13. Please add to your safe senders list or to your email's contact list to ensure you receive email communications from the State Referee Committee. Otherwise, these emails may go to your Spam folder.

Becoming a licensed Grassroots Referees requires completing the following:

  • Online Grassroots Referee Course
  • 2020 Intro to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
  • 2021 First Time Grassroots Quiz
  • Participate in an online Georgia Soccer Referee Program course.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must also complete these two (2) mandatory items:

  • US Soccer NCSI Online Background Check ($30)
    • Valid for two (2) years
  • SafeSport Online Training (Required by Federal Law)

Completing these requirements will certify a Grassroots Referee through December 31, 2021.

What To Do Next

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

  • The unique account identifier is an email address. Parents may not use their personal or work email address to register multiple referees; each referee profile must have their own email address. Parents may add a secondary email address to each account profile.
  • If you are experiencing technical issues with creating an account or completing the online assignments, the U.S. Soccer recommended steps are to clear your browser history, cache and cookies, then close and restart your browser. If this does not solve the issue, try a different browser and/or device to create your account.

2. Complete the US Soccer NCSI Background Check and SafeSport (if 18 years of age or older)

  • Open the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.
  • ​Click CoursesAvailable Courses and then Background Screening or SafeSport  under or Supplemental Courses (on the left-hand side).
  • 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.

3. Register for the Entry Grassroots Referee Course - New Referees through the U.S. Soccer Referee Learning Center.

  • ​Complete all of the following assignments in the Assignments tab:
    • Online Grassroots Referee Course
    • 2020 Intro to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
    • 2020 First Time Grassroots Quiz
    • Attend an online Georgia Soccer Referee Program course.
    • Assignments may be accessed after registration by logging back in to the Learning Center - clicking Courses (top left) - My Courses - Go To Classroom - Assignments (tab)

4. Safe Sport Training (mandatory if 18 years of age or older)

  • Click "Courses," "Available Courses" and then "SafeSport" under "Supplemental Courses" on the left​-hand side.
  • Safe Sport is a Federal Law passed by the United States Congress and is mandatory for anyone 18 years or older.

5. Download the IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG).

  • The LOTG are also available as an app in both the App Store and Google Play. All referees should download and have the LOTG app available with them at the fields.

Email Anne Wright ( for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program.

Email U.S. Soccer ( for general questions about the Learning Center, issues creating your account, background checks, etc.