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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 Courses, Available 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.
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).
Email Anne Wright (email@example.com) for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program.
Email U.S. Soccer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for general questions about the Learning Center, issues creating your account, background checks, etc.