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 and a webinar. 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). This course will require an override code to register. This code will be emailed to your once you complete all your LC assignments.  Emails will be sent out during office hours M-F 9-2, as this is a manual process.
  • Prior to attending the Webinar session you MUST complete all the training posted in your Assignments Tab on the LC – Online Training, Safe and Healthy Playing Environment, Safesport, Quiz and approved Background. If all assignments are not completed, you will NOT be permitted to register for the webinar. Your webinar will last approximately 2 hours.
  • Registration for an this 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 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 will be emailed to your once you complete all your LC assignments.  Emails will be sent out during office hours M-F 9-2, as this is a manual process.
  • 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.
  • Webinar Dates:  Code can be found in your learning.ussoccer.com Communications tab once you register and pay for the class.
    Tuesday 9/29 – 7:00-9:30pm EST
    Wednesday 9/30  – 7:00-9:30pm EST
    Thursday 10/1 –  7:00-9:30pm EST
    Sunday 10/4  – 8:00-10:30am EST

Step 5: 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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