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2014 MNSRC Certification Program

The MNSRC site is a tiered approach to training. You cannot advance to the next task until you have completed the one required before it. For example, it will not be possible to take your test until you have paid your 2014 registration fees. You will not be able to sign up for a class until registration fees are paid, your test is completed and passed, and any online training required for your grade is complete. Please do not request exceptions; the site is set up to prevent departures from this protocol. You must finish your certification tasks in order if you wish to be registered and certified for 2014.

If you have questions during the certification process, you may contact your Club Representative. You can designate a Club Representative from the Manage Account, Account Information page. Club representatives have access only to your email address, USSF grade, and your progress through the certification process; they may not change any information in your account, nor do they get any phone number, home address, or age-related information. Choosing a club representative is optional; it allows you to give your local soccer referee administrator limited access to your account, but is not required to complete the registration process.

Please select your grade to jump to your requirements for the coming year:

New referees | Returning Grade 9 Referees | Recertifying Grade 8 Referees

Grade 8 Upgrade to Grade 7 | Grade 7 Referees | Grade 7 Upgrade to Grade 6

Grade 6, 5, & Emeritus Referees | Grade 4 & 3 Referees

New Referees

New referees must start the registration process by paying their 2014 registration fees. These fees include the $40 USSF registration fee and the $20 Minnesota State Administration fee. Once these are paid, the new referee may move on to the next task.

New referees will be eligible for either only the Grade 8 or a choice between Grade 9 and Grade 8. This is dependent on your age. If you do not turn 14 years old by June 1, 2014, you will have the option of entering as a Grade 9 referee. If you are 14 years old by June 1, 2014, you can ONLY enter as a Grade 8 referee. There are NO exceptions to this rule.

The Grade 9 track will result in you receiving the blue Grade 9 Recreational Referee badge. You would be certified to work recreational-level matches as a center referee up to U14, and may work as an AR on any match up to U14. Realistically, as a Grade 9 referee you likely can only expect to work as a center referee for in-house club recreational matches. Assignors are HIGHLY discouraged from placing Grade 9 referees in the center of any competitive match.

The Grade 8 track results in you receiving the black Grade 8 Referee badge. Grade 8 referees are certified to work any youth match.

All new referees must complete seven hours of online work prior to signing up for a class. This seven hours is broken down into 20 online courses, each course being 30 minutes or less.

Upon completing the online work, a new referee then signs up for an Entry Level course. Regardless of whether you are eligible and intend to become a Grade 9 referee or if you are only eligible for or intend to become a Grade 8 referee, all new referee students attend the same Entry Level course. The first 30 minutes of this course will involve a parent talk... if you are under 18 years of age, we ask that you bring a parent along for the first 30 minutes. Students who are eligible and choose to only obtain Grade 9 then would commit to only the next 2 hours of the class. After this is complete, Grade 9-eligible students would receive their badge and would be able to depart. All other students must remain for the full 8 hours of the Entry Level class and will get the Grade 8 black badge at the end.

Once you have completed the online training, your Referee menu will provide you with an option to sign up for your course. Courses will be added through the winter and spring, and odds are your club representative will let you know when his or her courses have been posted.

New Referee Certification Requirements:

  1. Set up a new account on www.minnesotasrc.com.
  2. Pay the $60 registration fee ($40 USSF, $20 State Admin).
  3. Complete the online training.
  4. Sign up for and attend your classroom session.

Grade 9 Referees

Grade 9 referees start the registration process by paying their 2014 registration fees. These fees include the $40 USSF registration fee and the $20 Minnesota State Administration fee. Once these are paid, the Grade 9 referee may move on to the online courses.

All returning Grade 9 referees must complete the seven hours of online courses (20 courses).

If a returning Grade 9 referee is not going to be 14 years old by June 1, 2014, that referee may then contact the SDI by email (use the Contact Us form) and request to remain a Grade 9 referee for 2014. Returning Grade 9 referees who are age-eligible to remain as Grade 9 referees and wish to do so do not have to attend a classroom session. The SDI will mail them their 2014 blue badge.

If you turn 14 years old before June 1, 2014, you MUST upgrade to Grade 8 this year. This means you will have to sign up for an attend an eight-hour Entry Level course in its entirety. You may not remain at the Grade 9 level.

If you do not turn 14 years old before June 1, 2014, you can still upgrade to Grade 8 if you want. There is no age requirement for Grade 8. Simply select and attend an eight-hour Entry Level course.

Once you have completed the online training, your Referee menu will provide you with an option to sign up for your course. Courses will be added through the winter and spring, and odds are your club representative will let you know when his or her courses have been posted.

The deadline for completion of all requirements for 2014 certification is June 21, 2014.

Grade 9 Recertification Requirements:

  1. Sign into your account on www.minnesotasrc.com.
  2. Pay the $60 registration fee ($40 USSF, $20 State Admin).
  3. Complete the online training.
  4. If under 14 years of age by June 1, 2014, and electing to remain Grade 9 for 2014, contact the SDI to request completion.
  5. If 14 years of age by June 1, 2014, or if under 14 years of age by June 1, 2014 and choosing to upgrade to Grade 8 for 2014, sign up for and attend your classroom session.

Recertifying Grade 8 Referees

Grade 8 referees start the registration process by paying their 2014 registration fees. These fees include the $40 USSF registration fee and the $20 Minnesota State Administration fee. Once these are paid, the Grade 8 referee may move on to the next task.

Grade 8 referees must take and pass the Grade 8 test prior to advancing to the online material. The online recertification test is 50 questions; passing score is 40. You have 60 minutes to complete the test. You will need to watch a brief video review of every question you miss in order to understand why you missed the question. Once you have reviewed every question you have missed, you will receive passing credit for the test.

Upon completing the USSF test, you will gain access to the Online Material. Returning Grade 8 referees must start by completing 2.5 hours of required online topics.

Upon completion of those topics, you will be able to see all of the elective topics. You may use these elective topics to complete the total five (5) hours of CE requirements (your 2.5 hours of required topics count towards this total) for your grade. Alternatively, you can attend one of the classroom sessions (held around the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester throughout the spring) or two-hour Advanced Mentoring sessions (to be held in St. Paul through the spring) to complete the total five hours. Please note, you must simply complete five hours.Whether you choose to do this exlcusively online or combining online and classroom sessions is up to you.

Upon completion of your CE requirements and passing both tests, your 2014 badge and Law Book will be mailed to you by the SRC. Turnaround from completion of work to receiving your badge could be as long as 6-8 weeks, though should hopefully be far less. However, if you need your badge by the end of April, we strongly recommend you complete your recertification requirements by March 15 at the latest. We will try to get badges out quickly once April hits, but we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time.

The deadline for completion of all requirements for 2014 certification is June 21, 2014.

Grade 8 Recertification Requirements:

  1. Sign into your account on www.minnesotasrc.com.
  2. Pay the $60 registration fee ($40 USSF, $20 State Admin).
  3. Complete your 2014 USSF recertification test with a minimum score of 80% (40/50).
  4. Complete the 2.5 hours of required online topics.
  5. Complete a minmum of 2.5 additional hours of CE.

Grade 8 Upgrading to Grade 7

If eligible for upgrade to Grade 7, you must submit your game log to the State Referee Administrator (please use the Upgrade page to do so) and submit your intention to pursue upgrade (also on the Upgrade page). The SRA will then tag your file for upgrade, at which point in addition to paying your 2014 registration fees of $40 USSF and $20 for State Administration, you will need to pay a $50 Upgrade fee. Once you have paid your referee registration fees, you will be able to move on to the next task.

Upgrading Grade 8 referees must take and pass the Grade 7 test prior to advancing to the online material. The test is 50 questions; passing score is 40/50. You have 60 minutes to complete the test.

Upon completing the USSF test, you will gain access to the Online Material. Upgrading Grade 8 referees must start by completing 3.5 hours of required online topics.

Upon completion of those topics, you will be able to see all of the elective topics. You may use these elective topics to complete up to five (5) hours of online towards your total requirement of ten (10) CE hours. Your 2.5 hours of required online topics count towards this total. You will have to attend a minimum of five (5) hours of classroom CE utilizing the classroom sessions (held around the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester throughout the spring) and/or two-hour Advanced Mentoring sessions (to be held in St. Paul through the spring) to complete the total five hours. Please note, your total CE requirement is 10 hours, and no more than five of this may be online work.

Upon completion of your CE requirements and passing both tests, your 2014 badge and Law Book will be mailed to you by the SRC. Turnaround from completion of work to receiving your badge could be 6-8 weeks, though should hopefully be far less. However, if you need your badge by the end of April, we strongly recommend you complete your recertification requirements by March 15 at the latest. We will try to get badges out quickly once April hits, but we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time.

You will have to attend and pass a Physical Fitness Test. The SRC will host a minimum of six tests in late May. If you cannot attend these sessions, you may have to pay a $30 fee online to schedule an independently scheduled fitness test.

You will be scheduled for an Upgrade Assessment over the spring/summer of 2014, and you must pass this to complete the upgrade.

The deadline for completion of all requirements, except the assessment, for 2014 certification is June 21, 2014. The assessment must be completed by August 31, 2014.

Upgrade to Grade 7 Certification Requirements:

  1. Sign into your account on www.minnesotasrc.com. Use the Upgrade page to announce your intent to pursue upgrade.
  2. Pay the $60 registration fee ($40 USSF, $20 State Admin) and the $50 Upgrade fee.
  3. Complete the 2014 Grade 7 test with a minimum score of 80% (40/50).
  4. Complete the online training requirement (minimum 2.5 hours, up to 5 hours).
  5. Sign up for and attend classroom sessions (minimum of 5 hours, total CE including both online and classroom must equal 10 hours).
  6. Complete the Physical Test.
  7. Pass an Upgrade Assessment.

Grade 7 Referees

Grade 7 referees start the registration process by paying their 2014 registration fees. These fees include the $45 USSF registration fee and the $20 Minnesota State Administration fee. Once these are paid, the Grade 7 referee may move on to the next task.

Grade 7 referees must take and pass the Grade 7 test prior to advancing to the classroom signup menu. The online test is 50 questions; passing score is 40/50. You have 60 minutes to complete the test.

Upon completing the USSF test, you will gain access to the Online Material. Returning Grade 7 referees must start by completing 2.5 hours of required online topics.

Upon completion of those topics, you will be able to see all of the elective topics. Additional online topic work is optional for returning Grade 7 officials, but you cannot use additional online work as credit toward your requirements.

You will have to attend a minimum of three (3) hours of classroom CE utilizing the classroom sessions (held around the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester throughout the spring) and/or two-hour Advanced Mentoring sessions (to be held in St. Paul through the spring) to complete the total five hours.

Upon completion of your CE requirements and passing both tests, your 2014 badge and Law Book will be mailed to you by the SRC. Turnaround from completion of work to receiving your badge could be 6-8 weeks, though should hopefully be far less. However, if you need your badge by the end of April, we strongly recommend you complete your recertification requirements by March 15 at the latest. We will try to get badges out quickly once April hits, but we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time.

You will have to attend and pass a Physical Fitness Test. The SRC will host a minimum of six tests in late May. If you cannot attend these sessions, you may have to pay a $30 fee online to schedule an independently scheduled fitness test.

The deadline for completion of all requirements for 2014 certification is June 21, 2014.

Grade 7 Recertification Requirements:

  1. Sign into your account on www.minnesotasrc.com.
  2. Pay the $65 registration fee ($45 USSF, $20 State Admin).
  3. Complete the 2014 Grade 7 test with a minimum score of 80% (40/50).
  4. Complete the 2.5 required hours of online training.
  5. Sign up for and attend a minimum of 3 hours of classroom work.
  6. Complete the Physical Test.

Grade 7 Upgrading to Grade 6

If eligible for upgrade to Grade 6, you must submit your game log to the State Referee Administrator (please use the Upgrade page to do so) and submit your intention to pursue upgrade (also on the Upgrade page). The SRA will then tag your file for upgrade, at which point in addition to paying your 2014 registration fees of $45 USSF and $20 for State Administration, you will need to pay a $100 Upgrade fee. Once you have paid your referee registration fees, you will be able to move on to the next task.

Upgrading Grade 7 referees must take and pass the State test prior to advancing to the online material. The online state test is 100 questions; passing score is 80. You have 90 minutes to complete the test. A score of less than 80 results in a "Fail" grade. You may retake the test, however.

Upon completing the USSF test, you will gain access to the Online Material. Upgrading Grade 7 referees must start by completing 3.5 hours of required online topics.

Upon completion of those topics, you will be able to see all of the elective topics. You may use these elective topics to complete up to ten (10) hours of online towards your total requirement of nineteen (19) CE hours. Your 3.5 hours of required online topics count towards this total. You will have to attend a minimum of nine (9) hours of classroom CE utilizing the classroom sessions (held around the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester throughout the spring), the two-hour Advanced Mentoring sessions (to be held in St. Paul through the spring), or US Soccer Regional Training Seminars* held around the United States to complete the total nineteen hours. Please note, your total CE requirement is 19 hours, and no more than ten of this may be online work.

(*RTS clinics are limited only to individuals who will be working professional matches and thus require the approval of the SRA and the LAC.)

Upon completion of your CE requirements and passing both tests, your 2014 badge and Law Book will be mailed to you by the SRC. Turnaround from completion of work to receiving your badge could be 6-8 weeks, though should hopefully be far less. However, if you need your badge by the end of April, we strongly recommend you complete your recertification requirements by March 15 at the latest. We will try to get badges out quickly once April hits, but we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time.

You will have to attend and pass a Physical Fitness Test. The SRC will host a minimum of six tests in late May. If you cannot attend these sessions, you may have to pay a $30 fee online to schedule an independently scheduled fitness test.

You will be first scheduled for a Referee Mentor assignment where you will be evaluated by a USSF Assessor and advised whether you are prepared to upgrade to State Referee. From this you will proceed to be assessed in two Referee Upgrade Assessments and one Assistant Referee Upgrade Assessment over the spring/summer of 2014, and you must pass these to complete the upgrade.

The deadline for completion of all requirements, except the assessments, for 2014 certification is June 21, 2014. The assessments must be completed by August 31, 2014.

Upgrade to Grade 6 Certification Requirements:

  1. Sign into your account on www.minnesotasrc.com. Use the Upgrade page to announce your intent to pursue upgrade.
  2. Pay the $65 registration fee ($45 USSF, $20 State Admin) and the $100 Upgrade fee.
  3. Complete your 2014 State test with a minimum score of 80% (80/100).
  4. Complete the online training requirement (3.5 hours required, maximum of 10 hours).
  5. Sign up for and attend your classroom sessions (minimum of 9 hours, total CE including both online and classroom must equal 19 hours).
  6. Complete the Physical Test.
  7. Pass a Mentor Evaluation and two Referee Upgrade Assessments.

Grade 6 & Grade 5 State Referees & Emeritus Referees

State referees start the registration process by paying their 2014 registration fees. These fees include the $75 USSF registration fee and the $20 Minnesota State Administration fee. Once these are paid, the state referee may move on to the next task.

State and Emeritus referees must take and pass their State test prior to advancing to the online material. The online recertification test is 100 questions; passing score is 80/100. You have 90 minutes to complete the test.

Upon completing the USSF test, you will gain access to the Online Material. Returning State and Emeritus referees must start by completing 2.5 hours of required online topics.

Upon completion of those topics, you will be able to see all of the elective topics. Additional online topic work is optional for returning State and Emeritus officials, but you cannot use additional online work as credit toward your requirements.

You will have to attend a minimum of three (3) hours of classroom CE utilizing the classroom sessions (held around the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester throughout the spring) and/or two-hour Advanced Mentoring sessions (to be held in St. Paul through the spring) to complete the total five hours.

Upon completion of your CE requirements and passing both tests, your 2014 badge and Law Book will be mailed to you by the SRC. Turnaround from completion of work to receiving your badge could be 6-8 weeks, though should hopefully be far less. However, if you need your badge by the end of April, we strongly recommend you complete your recertification requirements by March 15 at the latest. We will try to get badges out quickly once April hits, but we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time.

If an active State referee, you will have to attend and pass a Physical Fitness Test (not required for Emeritus). The SRC will host a minimum of six tests in late May. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will have to pay a $30 fee online to schedule an independently scheduled fitness test.

Active Grade 6 referees must receive one Maintenance Referee Assessment during the spring/summer season. Active Grade 5 referees must receive two Maintenance Referee Assessments during the spring/summer season.

The deadline for completion of all requirements, except the assessments, for 2014 certification is June 21, 2014. The assessments must be completed by August 31, 2014.

Grade 5/6/Emeritus Recertification Requirements:

  1. Sign into your account on www.minnesotasrc.com.
  2. Pay the $95 registration fee ($75 USSF, $20 State Admin).
  3. Complete your 2014 State test with a minimum score of 80% (80/100).
  4. Complete the 2.5 required hours of online training.
  5. Sign up for and attend a minimum of 3 hours of classroom work.
  6. Complete the Physical Test (if an active State Referee).
  7. If an active State referee, pass one/two Referee Maintenance Assessments.

Grade 4 and Grade 3 National Referees and Grade 5 National Candidates

Certification requirements for National Referees are set by the national office in Chicago. You will need to contact the State Referee Administrator to coordinate your requirements for the coming year, if you have not done so already.


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