Become a Referee

Welcome to the first step in becoming a soccer referee!

OUR ONLINE CLASSES ARE NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION. (as of 8/25/2020)

Effective July 1, 2019, US Soccer has introduced the name Grassroots Referee to replace the former “grades” of 7, 8, and 9. The US Soccer Digital Learning Center has also became the hub for all registration activities

You must be 13 or older to set up an account in the Learning Center.

Step 1: Create a Profile at US Soccer Referee Learning Center (LC)

Step 2: Register for an Online-Course ($130)

  • Our Online Course consists of 2 parts – Online training thru the LC and a law and field webinar thru zoom. Your online session registration will be hosted on learning.ussoccer.com (will be referred to as the LC).  Your must complete the online training thru your LC account prior to signing up for a webinar.  Webinar session registration will be hosted on njsrc.gameofficials.net (you must set up a separate account here too). 
  • Registration for an online course includes US Soccer licensing and liability insurance. This fee also includes a US Soccer Referee uniform and Starter Kit from Official Sports. Information on ordering will be emailed to you once you complete both the online and webinar requirements.  We do NOT offer full refunds.

Step 3: Complete All 5 Assignments posted in your Assignments Tab Prior to attending your Webinar Session

  • 100% of the Online Grassroots Referee Course MUST be completed before attending the webinar session. Estimated time to complete is 4.5-6 hours. It is suggested that you print out, or save to your computer, a copy of your Certificate of Complete.
  • Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments must be completed prior to the webinar session
  • Grass Roots Quiz must be completed prior to the webinar session
  • Safe Sport Certification (if 18 or older) must be completed prior to the webinar session – Estimated time to complete is 2-2.5 hours
  • Complete the US Soccer NCSI Background Check (if 18 or older) ($30) – Valid for two years. -Takes 7-10 days to clear. Your background check must be cleared before your registration will be processed. We do not accept any other background checks.

Step 4:  Sign up for a Digital Classroom Session Webinar

  • Set up an account as a new user at njsrc.gameofficials.net.  This account must be set up separate from your LC account.
  • There is no additional fee for this session.  This course will require an override code to register. This code is posted in the Communications tab in your LC account under the 1/14/2021 memo I have posted. 
  • This session will last approximately 6 hours.  Classes run on one full day or is split between two week days.  You must attend the entire webinar on the day you register for.  Emails will be sent to all attendees at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled webinar with instructions and links.  You can also find the link to the webinar posted in your njsrc.gameofficials.net account under Confirmed Registration.
  • Laws Webinar – code is posted in your learning.ussoccer.com class registration Communications tab

    Saturday, February 6 at 9am-4pm
    Wed & Thurs, February 10 & 11 at 7pm-10pm
    Saturday, February 13 at 9am-4pm
    Saturday, February 20 at 9am-4pm
    Saturday, February 21 at 9am-4pm

  • More classes will be added on a continual basis

Step 5:  Sign up for a Digital Field Session Webinar

  • Register using your account at njsrc.gameofficials.net.  
  • There is no additional fee for this session.  This course will require an override code to register. This code will be posted in the Communications tab in your LC account shortly.  
  • Session should last approximately 2.5 hours.  You must attend the entire webinar.  Emails will be sent to all attendees at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled webinar with instructions and links.  You can also find the link to the webinar posted in your njsrc.gameofficials.net account under Confirmed Registration.
  • Field Webinar – code is posted in your learning.ussoccer.com class registration Communications tab shortly
    Dates to be posted shortly

Step 6: Download the IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG)

  • The LOTG are also available as an app on both Android and iOS.
  • You can either use the link provided above or find the link in your account under Resources.
  • It is not required to print the LOTG document.

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