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Become a US Soccer Referee

Grassroots Referee In-Person Entry Courses

Congratulations on your interest in becoming a US Soccer Referee. There are many reasons to become a US Soccer Referee:

  • Get Paid! Earn good money to participate in a sport you love.
  • A flexible schedule – Provide your own availability to assignors to work around your busy schedule.
  • A new way to be a part of the game – Continue being involved in the game we love in ways other than playing or coaching.
  • Fitness and health – Where else can you get paid to work out?
  • Challenge yourself – It is no mystery referees make mistakes. Becoming a referee is a rewarding process full of challenges and opportunities to advance to higher level and higher paying games.
  • Develop life skills – Discipline, leadership, organization, communication, professionalism, and confidence.
  • Improve our sport – Think you can do better than that other referee? Prove it!
  • Travel – Sign up for tournaments all over the state of Georgia and the USA.
Details on the US Soccer Referee Pathway can be read here. Please review the Grassroots Referee Profile for general information and expectations of a Grassroots Referee.
Per US Soccer, new referees must be 13 years of age or older at the time they register. State Referee Committees have no discretion in changing this.

Becoming a Grassroots Referee in the US Soccer Referee Program consists of accomplishing the following:

  • Register for an In-Person Grassroots Entry course in the Learning Center. Complete all online coursework, and then attend the In-Person course. ($90)
  • Courses are throughout Georgia between July and early October. New course locations are being added on a continual basis.

If you are 18 years or older, also completing these two mandatory items:

  • US Soccer NCSI Online Background Check ($30) – valid for two years (available inside the Learning Center by end of July)
  • SafeSport Online Training (Federal Law) – valid for two years

Completing these requirements will certify a referee through December 31st, 2020.

What To Do Next

Step 1: Create a Profile at: US Soccer Referee Learning Center (LC).​

  • The unique account identifier is an email address. Parents may not use their lone email address to register multiple referees. Each referee needs their own email address. Parents may add a secondary email address to each account in order to receive any emails their referee is receiving from either US Soccer or the Georgia State Referee Committee.
  • A known issue while creating an account in the LC is a browser timeout. If this occurs for you, the US Soccer recommended steps are to clear your browser history, cache, and cookies. Close your browser, and try again. Alternatively, try a different browser or device to create your account.

Step 2: Register for an In-Person Grassroots Entry Course at: US Soccer Referee Learning Center.

  • After creating an account, the prospective referee must register for an In-Person course in Georgia.
  • List of Available Grassroots In-Person Entry Courses, or:
  • Click Courses - Available Courses - Grassroots Courses - New referee - In-Person Courses. Use the Location drop down and select Georgia to find a course near you. Courses are $90.
  • New courses in various locations are continually being added as local leagues and clubs request to host courses in their area.
  • 100% of the Grassroots Online Course must be completed before attending the In-Person course.
  • The In-Person Course is an eight-hour course.  The course is split between a three-and-a-half-hour classroom session, and a three-and-a-half-hour field training session that takes place outside on a field. There will be a one-hour lunch break in between, usually from 12 PM – 1 PM. 

Step 3: Safe Sport Certification (mandatory if 18 years or older)

  • Access Code: YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
  • Download your certificate, and upload in to the Learning Center through the assignments tab once you have registered for a course.
  • Safe Sport must be completed before attending the In-Person course. Estimated completion time is 2-2.5 hours.
  • Safe Sport is Federal Law passed by the United States Congress and is mandatory for anyone 18 years or older.

Step 4: Complete the US Soccer NCSI Background Check (mandatory if 18 years or older)

  • Available inside the Learning Center by end of July 2019
  • Valid for two years per check
  • Mandatory for all referees 18 years or older

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

  • The LOTG are also available as an app on both Android and iOS.

Email Anne Wright ( for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program.
Email US Soccer ( for general questions about the Learning Center, issues creating your account, background checks, etc.