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