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2022 US Soccer Referee Certification Basics

Requirements for 2022 will depend on (a) 2021 certification status; (b) if/when 2021 registration fees were paid; (c) your certification history.

If you have not certified with USSF previously OR if you have not been certified with USSF in 2019, 2020, or 2021, you will be considered a NEW referee for 2022. Please review the New Referee Guidelines.

If you did certify as a USSF referee in 2019, 2020, or 2021, you will be considered a RETURNING referee for 2022. Please review the Returning Referee Guidelines.

New Referee Guidelines

2021 registration fees were paid November 1, 2020 or later

Those fees have been rolled over to 2022. You must complete the New Referee requirements no later than midnight on September 15, 2021. If you do not complete requirements by that deadline, your registration fees are sacrificed.

That process will re-open on July 1, 2021 for new officials.

You will need to complete the 2022 US Soccer Learning Center Grassroots Course (this will include a basic course plus the 2022 Law Changes presented in the US Soccer Learning Center), supplemental online coursework on the MNSRC website, and pass the Grassroots Test provided on the MNSRC website. If 18 years or older, you also need to pass a MYSA background check and SafeSport training.

2021 registration fees were paid prior to November 1, 2020 or were not paid

You will need to start the entire process from scratch. You will need to pay 2022 registration fees and complete all of the online work described above. The process will re-open on July 1, 2021.

New referee registrations paid after July 1, 2021 and before September 15, 2021 can be used to complete the certification process through June 23, 2022. New referee registration will close between September 15, 2021 and October 1, 2021. Registrations paid after October 1, 2021 will have a completion deadline of September 15, 2022.

Please be advised that incomplete new referee candidates as of September 15, 2021 will be required to attend a classroom session to complete requirements.

Returning Referee Guidelines

You Completed 2020/2021 USSF Certification

You are certified with US Soccer through December 31, 2021. You are not required to do any further work in order to work USSF-affiliated games for the remainder of the 2021 calendar year.

If you plan to work any games in 2022, you will need to re-certify for 2022. You will have the opportunity to complete this work BEFORE December 31, when your 2021 certification will expire. That registration process will open on August 1, 2021. This will include:

You Did Not Complete 2020/2021 USSF Certification

The 2022 re-certification process for returning officials will open on August 1, 2021. Steps are outlined above.

If you did not complete re-certification, you will have to complete ALL of the above steps, including registration payment. If you paid 2020 or 2021 registration fees but never completed the work, those fees were sacrificed and you will need to make 2022 payment.


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