Grassroots Referee Recertification

This course is NOT for any 2020 licensed New Jersey referees. Any referee registered for 2020 will have their registration carried over to 2021.

If you were registered in 2019 or 2018 but not registered for 2020 or 2019 or both, this is your 2021 Re-certification instructions and requirements

The 2021 Grassroots Referee Re-Certification Course includes the following:

  • Grassroots Re-certification Refresher + LOTG Update
  • Grassroots Quiz
  • Safe and Healthy Playing Environment

Also, If you are 18 years or older, you must complete:

  1. US Soccer NCSI Background Check ($30) – valid for two years
  2. SafeSport Training (Free) – Required by federal law

*** Badges for re-certifying referees will be mailed out by the NJ Office.  Make sure your mailing address in your learning.ussoccer.com account is up to date and includes your PO Box or appartment # if applicable.***

All questions, please send to the NJ Office (office@njrefs.com) not US Soccer.

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

  • If you have not set up your account yet, sign up as a “new user” and your registration history will be imported from US Soccer automatically. Information MUST be EXACTLY as in your njsrc.gameofficials.net account (name, address, email…). You can update your contact information after you connect your account.
  • Email must be unique to each user.

Step 2: Register for 2021 Grassroots Re-certification ($60)

  • Choose Courses>Available Courses (at the top)
  • Choose Grassroots Re-certifying Referee (on the left, under License Pathway)
  • Click on Go to Course List (in red) to register and pay

Step 3: Complete all 5 Assignments posted in your Assignments Tab

I. Grass Roots Online Training – Estimated time to complete is 4.5-6 hours.
II. Grass Roots Quiz
III. Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
IV. Safe Sport Certification (if 18 or older) (Free)

  • If you have already completed Safe Sport training, log in to your account, click on the Menu in the top left corner, Update Account, change tab to Profile, scroll down and ensure US Soccer is listed under Memberships. If not, just add it.
  • Estimated time to complete is 2-2.5 hours.
  • 7 days before you turn 18, US Soccer will send you an email to complete your Safe Sport Training.  You have a 10 day grace period from the time you turn 18 to complete. If not completed within the time frame, US Soccer will suspend your account until completed.

V. 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 is now listed as an assignment.  Your background check has to be cleared in order for your registration to be completed.
  • We do not accept any other background checks.
  • 2 weeks prior to turning 18, US Soccer will send you an email to complete your Background check.  You have a 45 day grace period from your birthday to complete.  If not completed within the time frame, US Soccer will suspend your account until completed.

Step 4: Download the IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG)

  • The LOTG are also available as an app on both Android and iOS.
  • It is not required to print the LOTG document.
  • Link to the download can be found in your learning.ussoccer.com account under the Resources tab.
  • If you would like to listen to a recording of one of the NJSRC presented 2019-2020 changes in the Laws webinars it may be viewed here

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