Become a Referee

The purpose of the first-time referee course is to prepare referees to work in a competitive or recreational youth and amateur adult matches. Registration Instructions

On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a Grassroots Referee license for the current registration year. Once the license and badge are received, Grassroots referees can officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth and amateur adult matches.  

First-Time Grassroots Referees completing registration through the Learning Center must complete the following requirements:


  • Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments – 1 hr.  
  • SafeSport (if 18 years or older)- 1 hr.  
  • Online Grassroots Referee Course Module – 4.5 hr.  
  • First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz -  45 mins.  
  • U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (if 18 years or older)  
  • Additional State Assignments as required 


For information please contact for more details. Courses available in English and Spanish.