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Minnesota State
Referee Committee

Latest News

On-Field Training Opportunities

Updated January 28, 2022

Shakopee will be hosting an on-field training opportunity for new and inexperienced officials on Saturday, April 22 at Vaughn Field (200 10th Avenue E) in Shakopee from 9 AM to 2 PM. 80 spots are available for officials. If interested, please email Shaji Varghese at​

MNSRC Inducts Three into Hall of Fame

Updated January 8, 2023

On the evening of January 7, 2023 the Minnesota State Referee Committee inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame: Gentry Thatcher of Edina, Wayne Lemens of Rochester, and Jim Roy of Mankato.

Gentry is a longtime referee, assessor, and mentor in Minnesota. In addition to serving the US Soccer commnuity, he has been a key contributor to both college and high school soccer.

Wayne has been instrumental in the growth of officiating in the Rochester area, spearheading the development of the Southern Minnesota Soccer Referee Association.

Jim has been a longtime instructor and mentor, helping to devleop officials in the Mankato area and developing a mentoring group to help officials improve and grow in that area

Information on these three new members and all of the members of the MNSRC Hall of Fame can be seen on our Hall of Fame page. Congratulations to Gentry, Wayne, and Jim!​


Please Refer to the FAQ Before Contacting Us

Updated December 29, 2022

A large number of the questions we receive through our Contact portal have answers posted in either our site's FAQ or on the US Soccer Learning Center FAQ. We strongly recommend using these resources to get more timely answers. If you do have questions on registration and licensure, please contact the SRC to ensure you get accurate information. We are getting a lot of reports of duplicate accounts being set up on the USSLC due to erroneous instructions to create new accounts there instead of linking to existing ones!

Assignor List Now Available

Updated September 6, 2022

A current list of referee assignors, with contact information, is now posted on our site for officials to connect to assignors and be assigned matches. This list is also available from "More" on the drop-down menu at the top of the pages on the site.

2022-2023 Registration Now Open for Referees, Futsal Officials, and Assignors

Updated September 6, 2022

The registration process for the 2022-2023 registration year is now open.

New officials may register in preparation for attending clinics to be held in winter 2022 or spring 2023. Full instructions may be viewed below or by clicking Become a Referee at the top of this page. The registration process for 2023 will remain open for new referee candidates into at least mid-May 2023.


Returning officials may now re-certify and extend their licensure through the entirety of 2023 (2022 licenses will expire on December 31, 2022). Instructions for doing so may be viewed below or by clicking Recertify for 2023 at the top of this page. The registration process for 2023 for returning officials will remain open until midnight on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

New and returning futsal officials may also complete their process effective immediately. Instructions are provided in the Recertify for 2023 information. The registration process for futsal will close at midnight on Friday, March 31, 2023.

Assignors can use either the video link or the PDF link below for instructions on how to get your 2022-2023 Assignor license. 2021-2022 Assignor licenses will expire on December 31, 2022.


Assignor Certification Instructions (video)

Assignor Certification Instructions (PDF)

IFAB Issues Clarification for Definition of "Deliberate Play" in Offside Decisions

Updated July 27, 2022

IFAB released a memorandum today clarifying the definition of "deliberate play" by a defender in the interpretation offside situations. These interpretations should be applied immediately. MNSRC will release a short video summarizing the memorandum in the next month and it will be posted to the Intermediate Educational Module page.

Full IFAB Memorandum

Video Examples

Two Referee Incident Reports for December 2022

Updated January 1, 2023

The SRC received two incident reports from the month of December 2022. Reports are currently being tracked monthly through March, at which point we will go back to weekly report releases. A total of 158 reports were submitted by officials from around the state in 2022.

Referee Incident Reports

Become a Referee


Are you excited to join the ranks of US Soccer referees in Minnesota? Watch the video below or download our step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish this!

New Referee Instructions (PDF)


Recertify for 2023


Are you a returning official who certified in either 2020, 2021 or 2022? Watch the video and download the instructions below to find out how to maintain your certification for the coming year!

Recertifying Instructions (PDF)

(Returning Referee and all Futsal)

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