Lapsed Recertification (no certification in 2020) – Recertification for 2021


You are a lapsed referee if you did not register and certify as a referee for 2020,  If you were certified as a referee in 2018 or 2019, you can complete referee recertification, following this path.  The registration and clinic fee is $80.

If 2017 or earlier was the last time you were certified as a referee, you must register for and complete the Referee Entry level requirements.  You cannot complete a recertification clinic.  

All of the requirements for your recertification are online.  

TO START.  Go to our Officials Management System (OMS): 

Select “Member Sign In.”  Enter username: your USSF ID# beginning with the letter “R” with no dashes or spaces (for example, R2019123412341234).  Your password might be your last name.  If you do not know your password, we can reset it for you.

On your Member Home Page, under “I want to:” select “Register for Clinic.”  Under Soccer Official Type, select “Referee.”  Under “Registration Type” select “Recertification.”

Follow the directions and select the Referee Grassroots Recertification clinic.  Pay your registration and clinic fee of $80.

On your Member Home Page, to the right of your reserved clinic, click on “Online Lesson.”

ONLINE LESSONS.  There are six online lessons.

1.  2021 Introduction to the Learning Center  (4 hours, 30 minutes)   
2.  2019-2020 LOTG Changes  (25 minutes)
3   2021 Law Changes - USSF  (45 minutes)
4.  2021 Grassroots Referee Recert Quiz  (60 minutes)
5.  2021 Learning Center Intro to Safety  (15 minutes)
6.  2021 Learning Center SafeSport  (90 minutes)        

If you already completed the Grassroots Referee Course at the US Soccer Learning Center, you will have credit for the course.  The course is a one-time requirement.  The Introduction to the Learning Center will show Complete if the course is completed.  If the Introduction does not show Complete, start the lesson.  Click Start to start the lesson, then click the Learning Center button to go to the Learning Center.

The Introduction to the Learning Center lesson is both an introduction on how to sign up and log in to the US Soccer Learning Center, and the 4.5-hour Grassroots Referee Course.

Part 1 of the Introduction to the Learning Center explains how to Sign Up and create a profile, username, and password at the Learning Center.  BE CAREFUL TO ENTER YOUR NAME THE SAME AS YOUR NAME IN OMS.  If your name does not match, the Learning Center will not match your referee history to your account; instead the Learning Center will create a new account.

Part 2 of the Introduction to the Learning Center explains how to Log In and start and complete the Grassroots Referee Course.  BE CAREFUL TO USE LOG IN.  If you use Sign Up, you will create another account at the Learning Center.

There are five Parts to the Learning Center course.  You must complete each Part in sequence.

As you progress through the Grassroots Referee Course, you must view everything on a page/slide.  You will have to click on each option to read or watch a video.  Sometimes you will have to scroll down or to the right to see everything on a page/slide.  If you do not see the CONTINUE button, you have not viewed everything on the page/slide.

If you need to stop the course to resume later, select CLOSE, so your progress will be saved and you can resume where you left the course.

When you complete the course, go back to OMS to complete the other lessons.

REMAINING LESSONS.   Complete the remaining online lessons by selecting “Start” beside each lesson, in order.

Everyone must complete Lessons 2 – 5.

Lesson 6, SafeSport Training, is required for referees 18 years or older.  Lesson 6 will show Complete for referees who are not 18.  The first time SafeSport Training takes about 90 minutes to complete.  Subsequent annual SafeSport Training takes about 15 minutes to complete.

When you complete the online lessons, we can approve your 2021 referee certification.  Your badge will be mailed to you in about two weeks.

Revised January 24, 2021

Related Links