2023 New Referee Grassroots Certification Courses Open

Registration for new referees is now available! A new referee is someone who has not previously been registered as a referee OR is a previous referee whose registration has lapsed (2020 or prior). Candidates successfully completing the course will be eligible to referee games in fall 2022 through fall 2023 (license expiring 12/31/23).

Grassroots Referee courses for new referees require a combination of independent learning and in-person instruction. The independent learning starts in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, is followed by a WisRef live session (either virtual or in-person). Total instruction time is estimated at 12 hours, with the final four hours being the live session. The independent learning content can be completed at your own pace. Dates and times** for the live portion of the course are:

August 6 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Virtual
August 7 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Virtual
August 13 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Neenah High School
August 14 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Oregon High School
August 20 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Waukesha Citizen Bank
August 21 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Virtual
August 27 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Virtual
August 28 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Virtual

**please refer to the Learning Center for most up-to-date dates and times

The total cost of the course is $70; a background check, if 18 or older is an additional $30 (for a 2-yr period). New and lapsed referee candidates who successfully complete all the requirements will receive a full reimbursement of their registration fee and background check fee, plus a 10-piece referee uniform starter kit.

NOTE: U.S. Soccer Policy mandates a minimum age of 13 to start the certification – there are no exceptions or waivers to this U.S. Soccer Policy.

To register to become a 2023 USSF Referee please follow these steps.

Recertification information will be available at a later date.