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Become a U.S. Soccer Referee

Register for a Grassroots Entry In-Person course in the Learning Center and then attend a four (4) hour in-person course ($90 Registration Fee).​ Note: The minimum age to register for a course and become a referee is 13.

To view a list of currently available entry courses, click hereScroll to the bottom of the page and switch to the next page to see the earliest available courses. New course locations are added on a continual basis as local clubs request to host courses.  

In order to be certified and receive a badge at the end of your in-person course, all of the following online assignments must be completed before the course:

  • Grassroots online course
  • 2020 Intro to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
  • 2020 Grassroots Referee Certification quiz
  • SafeSport Training (if 18 years of age or older)

If you do not complete the online assignments, you may still attend the class. Email Anne Wright at awright@georgiasoccer.org once you have completed all assignments to be mailed a badge.

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
    • If you are 18 years of age or older, you will not be able to register for a course until the Background Check is completed.
  • SafeSport Online Training (Required by Federal Law)
    • Valid for two (2) years

Completing these requirements will certify a Grassroots Referee through December 31, 2020.

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 lone email address to register multiple referees; each referee needs their own email address. Parents may add a secondary email address to each account.
  • A known issue while creating an account in the LC is a browser timeout. If this occurs, U.S. Soccer recommends that you clear your browser history, cache and cookies, close your browser and try again. 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 (if 18 years of age or older)

  • Open the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.
  • ​Click CoursesAvailable Courses and then Background Screening under Supplemental Courses (on the left-hand side).
     
  • Valid for two (2) years per check
  • Mandatory for all referees 18 years of age or older

3. Register for an In-Person Grassroots Entry Course through the U.S. Soccer Referee Learning Center.

Register for a Grassroots Entry In-Person  course in the Learning Center, and then attend the four (4) hour course ($90).

  • ​Complete all of the following assignments in the Assignments tab before attending the In-Person Course:
    • ​Grassroots online course
    • 2020 Intro to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
    • 2020 Grassroots Referee Certification quiz
    • SafeSport Training (if 18 years of age or older)
    • Assignments may be accessed after registration by logging back in to the Learning Center - clicking Courses (top left) - My Courses (tab) - Go To Classroom - Assignments (tab)
  • Click here to access a list of available Grassroots In-Person Entry Courses or:
    • In the Learning Center, click CoursesAvailable Courses and then Grassroots First-Time Referees.
      • Use the Location drop down menu and select Georgia to find a course near you.  Scroll to the bottom and go to the next page to see the earliest available courses. New courses are continuously being added as local leagues and clubs request to host courses in their area.
  • The In-Person Course is a four (4) hours long and held entirely outside. It consists of field training sessions and a group discussion.

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

  • Click CoursesAvailable Courses and then SafeSport.
  • Safe Sport is Federal Law passed by the United States Congress and is mandatory for anyone 18 years of age or older. You can read more about it here.
  • The LOTG are available as an app on both Android and iOS.

Email Anne Wright (awright@georgiasoccer.org) for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program.

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

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