2021 Referee Recertification is open: Grassroots Recertification Online Course
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Details on the new U.S. Soccer Referee Pathway can be read here.
If you were certified in 2018 or 2019 and your certification has lapsed, you can recertify by completing the below online only requirements. Once all requirements are completed and a Grassroots Referee license appears in your profile, you are certified from that date through December 31st, 2021.
You can download and print your Grassroots Referee License directly from your profile in the Learning Center. To view your profile, hover your cursor above your name in the top right, and click Profile.
Please review the Grassroots Referee Profile for general information and expectations of a Grassroots Referee.
Please consult the Learning Center FAQ page if you have any questions.
2021 Referee Badges
If you completed recertification between August 1, 2020 - December 14, 2020, your 2021 Referee badge was mailed on December 15, 2020 to the mailing address in your Learning Center profile. If you did not receive a badge and you re-certified during this time period (check your profile to reference your license issue date), email Anne Wright.
If you competed recertification between December 15, 2020 - January 12, 2021, your 2021 Referee badge was mailed on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Badges will continue to be mailed once per week after this date.
You must be wearing a 2021 badge and in proper uniform to officiate U.S. Soccer sanctioned matches. Make sure your address in the Learning Center is up to date and accurate. Badges are mailed to this address.
Instructions to Recertify
The recertification process is completed entirely online.
Once registered, click on the "Assignments" tab and complete the following:
Grassroots Recertification Refresher + LOTG Update
2020 Intro to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
2021 Re-certifying Grassroots Referee Quiz
Assignments may be accessed after registration by logging back in to the Learning Center - clicking Courses (top left) - click My Courses - Go To Classroom - Assignments (tab)
If the referee is 18 years of age or older, they must also have a current Background Screening and SafeSport completed.
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, the license is removed and the referee is no longer be eligible to referee until they are completed.
Once all assignments are completed (they will say "Satisfactory" and turn green in the assignments tab) you will be granted a Grassroots Referee license. This can be viewed and downloaded directly from your profile. You may also view the status of your Background Screening and SafeSport in your profile.
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Email Anne Wright for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program, or any assistance with registration.
Also email (CC) U.S. Soccer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for general questions about the Learning Center, issues creating your account, background checks, etc.