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To sign up as a referee, please visit the U. S. Soccer Learning Website.




Learning Center Certification Guide PDF 




This course is for new, first time referees that have not previously certified or registered. Grassroots referees can officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth and amateur adult matches. 


In order to certify as a first-time grassroots referee, you must be 13 years or older. 

Course Requirements 

First time Grassroots referees must complete four (4) assignments in the Learning Center, attend an in-person  field session and, if over the age of 18, complete an NCSI background check. 



This course is for returning Grassroots referees who have previously certified. Grassroots referees can officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth and amateur adult matches. 


In order to recertify  as a Grassroots referee, you must meet the following eligibility standards 

  • 13 years or older 
  • Have held a grassroots license for a minimum of one (1) year within the last 3 years. 

Course Requirements 

Re-certifying Grassroots referees must pass a Grassroots re-certification quiz, complete the Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments and, if over the age of 18, pass an NCSI background check. Some state referee associations may require  an in-person component to the re-certification process. Please read the course details and contact your course administrator if you have any questions regarding an in-person vs. online certification requirements.