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