The 2019-2020 changes to the Laws of the Game are much more extensive than in most years. If you will be refereeing in the Fall of 2019, it is of utmost importance that you complete the Grassroots Recertification Online Course.
The 2019-2020 Laws of the Game became effective June 1st, 2019; you have likely seen them live in action during the Women's World Cup, Gold Cup and other competitions this summer.
Instructions to Recertify
U.S. Soccer has recently eliminated the mandatory in-person course requirement to recertify as a Grassroots Referee. The registration fee to recertify as a Grassroots Referee through December 31st, 2020 is $90.
The Georgia State Referee Committee will also be hosting the following training and development opportunities, at no additional cost:
Field Training Sessions
Expanded Mentoring (formerly referred to as assessments)
Referee Academies during tournaments and other sanctioned events
Webinars led by current FIFA Referees and National Referee Coaches
- Traditional In-Service Classroom Sessions
These programs and initiatives align with the U.S. Soccer Referee Program's goal of providing more practical training on the field as opposed to the previous mandatory classroom sessions. U.S. Soccer and the SRC believe these programs and opportunities will better train and develop Grassroots Referees for the modern game. Free registration for these events will be in the Learning Center and also posted here on the website.
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 U.S. Soccer or the Georgia State Referee Committee.
The Learning Center will attempt to migrate your old registration data (lifetime). Accept when prompted.
If your full license history does not migrate in to your new Learning Center profile, email firstname.lastname@example.org the following details:
A known issue while creating an account in the LC is a browser timeout. If this occurs for you, the U.S. 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.
While new referees must be 13 years of age or older to register, any current referees that are younger than 13 are grandfathered in. If the Learning Center prevents registration due to Date of Birth, email email@example.com for assistance in creating your profile.
4. Complete the U.S. Soccer NCSI Background Check (mandatory if 18 years or older)
GAReferees.Gameofficials.net is no longer in use for courses or registration. The State Referee Committee will continue to use this platform for some administrative functions, including sending blast emails to referees and other groups.
Email Anne Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program.
Email U.S. Soccer (email@example.com) for general questions about the Learning Center, issues creating your account, background checks, etc.