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Why Become a Referee?

Why Become a Referee


Flexible Schedule: 
Determine your schedule around your availability.


Be Part of the Game:
Continue to be part of the game you love.


Develop Life Skills: 
Discipline, leadership, organization, communication, professionalism and confidence.

Icon_-_challenge_opportunity Challenge Yourself: 
Being a Referee is rewarding. Opportunities to advance to higher level games and post season tournaments.


Get Paid: 
Earn good money to participate in a sport you love.

Player Health & Fitness:
Great way to be active and improve your fitness.

Details on the U.S. Soccer Referee Pathway can be read here.  Per U.S. Soccer, new referees must be 13 years of age or older at the time of registration.

Email Anne Wright for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program.


Course requirements



Minimum Age Requirement

  • The national eligibility standard for a Grassroots course is that the minimum age is 13 years or older. 



Entry Grassroots Online Course

  • Learn how to facilitate a fair, fun and safe game for the players by enforcing and applying the laws of the game.



SafeSport Certification & Background Screening

  • SafeSport Certification and background screening is required by federal law for those that are 18 years and older. Background screening is done through US Soccer. 



Providing a safe playing environment

  • This training prepares referees to deal with player injuries and emergency situations. Mandated by US Soccer for all referees. 



First Time Grassroots Quiz

  • This exam will be taken after completing the Grassroots Online Course. 



Field Training 

  • This last step to becoming a referee is to attend a field training course where you will work with instructors on drills designed to prepare you for your first game as a referee.