Referee Certification and Recertification Paths for 2021

Our referee instructional year begins July 1 and ends in early April. Referees who certify or recertify now will receive a 2021 badge, may begin officiating immediately and will remain certified through December 2021.  Referees with 2020 badges may wear them through December 2020, though we highly recommend that you recertify now to receive instruction on the recent changes to the Laws of the Game.

We are offering six paths to certification and recertification for 2021, though only one of these paths will be appropriate for you, so choose wisely.

PATH #1: You want to become a referee for the first time and have not registered or started the online training yet.  Welcome!  You will complete a combination of online lessons and an in-person field training session.  The registration and clinic fee is $80.  Click here to begin your referee journey.

PATH #2: You want to become a referee for the first time and started the training in the spring, but did not complete it due to the COVID shutdown.  We transferred you into a temporary clinic so you can complete the online lessons, then attend the field training session, and be certified for 2021.  There is no additional registration fee or clinic fee for you for 2021.  Click here to continue your training as a new referee.

PATH #3: You started to recertify for 2020 but did not complete it. We transferred you to a 2021 recertification clinic so you can complete the online sessions.  No classroom or field training for you, and no additional registration or clinic fee.  Click here to continue your recertification. 

PATH #4: You were certified for 2020 and awarded a 2020 badge.  Congratulations! Your registration and certification have been extended through 2021.  However, you need to complete the annual online training.  Your fee for 2021 is only $10. No field or classroom sessions for you.  Click here to recertify for 2021.

PATH #5: You were certified for 2018 or 2019 but did not register to recertify for 2020.  You are a lapsed referee, but can still complete the recertification process for 2021 online; no classroom or field session.  The registration and clinic fee is $80.  Click here to recertify as a lapsed referee.

PATH #6: You were certified as a referee in 2017 or earlier, but have not recertified during the past three years.  Welcome back!  You will recertify for 2021 by completing the same online lessons as the new referees and an in-person field training session.  The registration and clinic fee is $80.  Click here to begin.

For more information regarding certification and recertification, please contact your Area Director of Instruction.  Their names and contact information can be found by clicking here.

Important: Read the procedures for completing certification/recertification BEFORE registering for a clinic.  

Posted Nov 1, 2020

2021 Referee Certification Requirements Summary

Certification and annual recertification requirements for all referees.

New Referees:

Online Grassroots Referee Instruction
Online Grassroots Referee Test
Safe Soccer Training/Healthy and Safe Playing Environment
SafeSports Training (18 and older)
Background Check/Risk Management (18 and older)
Classroom Instruction - 2 hours  (Canceled due to COVID)
Field Instruction Session - 4 hours

Mentoring:  After initial certification, new referees should be mentored at/after games

Recertification Grassroots Referees:

Online Grassroots Referee Instruction
Online Grassroots Referee Recertification Test 
Safe Soccer Training/Healthy and Safe Playing Environment
SafeSports Training (18 and older)
Background Check/Risk Management (18 and older)
Classroom Instruction - 2.5 hours  (Canceled due to COVID)

Mentoring:  Periodically, referees should be mentored at/after games

New Regional Referee:

Minimum three years as a grassroots referee
At least 18 years old
Minimum adult game count, 11v11, two 45-minute halves (must be documented):

  • USSF affiliated
  • 50 as a referee
  • 25 as an assistant referee

Online Regional Referee Test
Safe Soccer Training/Healthy and Safe Playing Environment
SafeSports Training
Background Check/Risk Management
Regional Referee Course and Field Instruction (after game count and assessment requirements have been met)
Annual recertification instruction - 4 hours
Assessments:

  • Three (3) Passing Evaluations as a Referee

- Two at the Adult Amateur Level, 11v11, two 45-minute halves
- One at the Highest Youth Level (U18 or U19), 11v11, two 45-minute halves
- Evaluations must be done by three different Referee Coaches

  • One (1) passing Evaluation as an Assistant Referee at the Adult Amateur Level

Physical Fitness Test

     - Male – 40-meter sprints, 6.40 seconds; 75/25-meter interval run/walk, 17/20 seconds
     - Female – 40-meter sprints, 6.6 seconds; 75/25-meter interval run/walk, 17/24 seconds

Regional Referee Recertification:

Online Regional Referee Test
Safe Soccer Training/Healthy and Safe Playing Environment
SafeSports Training
Background Check/Risk Management
Annual recertification instruction - 4 hours  
Assessments

     - Three (3) Passing Evaluations as a Referee
     - Two at the Adult Amateur Level, 11v11, two 45-minute halves
     - One at the Highest Youth Level (U18 or U19), 11v11, two 45-minute halves
     - Evaluations must be done by three different Referee Coaches

     - One (1) passing Evaluation as an Assistant Referee at the Adult Amateur Level

Physical Fitness Test

     - Male – 40-meter sprints, 6.40 seconds; 75/25-meter interval run/walk, 17/20 seconds
     - Female – 40-meter sprints, 6.6 seconds; 75/25-meter interval run/walk, 17/24 seconds

Emeritus Referee Recertification:

Emeritus referees will complete the online annual training.  No in-person training is required this year due to COVID restrictions. 

Futsal Referee:

Futsal referee certification and recertification requirements can be found here.

Posted Nov 1, 2020

Refund Policy

Refunds for referee registration will be 50% and can only be requested and paid out during the registration period for the year for which payment was submitted.  Registration begins July 1 and ends June 30 for each certification year. 

If you cannot attend a scheduled course and/or are unable to complete any required advance online training and would like to switch to another course, you may do so without incurring any additional charge. You do that by “cancelling the registration” in the original course. The system will apply both the fees and any online work completed in the first course to the new course.

Note: You must cancel a registration before the instructor closes the course. This usually happens within a few days of the course ending.

If a clinic is cancelled due to low enrollment and no other clinics are available, a refund for the total fee can be provided, less the $5 fee for the background check on adult registrations.  You must request a refund before June 30.

Information For Instructors

Instructor Resources

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Interactive Polling - Richy Serota

 

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