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Looking to Become a Referee for the First Time?

We are certainly excited about your interest in becoming a soccer official! People from all walks of life officiate soccer, and have varied interests form helping out the local youth leagues to working competitive matches to even one day working professional matches or the World Cup! The Minnesota State Referee Committee provides training for all levels of soccer officiating and interest.

Account creation for new referees is only open October through late April (for spring sessions, dependent on seat availability). We do not permit account creation at other times of the year to eliminate the possibility of people paying registration fees when they cannot be used for training.

If you are a parent of a child that is looking to become a referee, we urge your to watch our Parenting a Referee video so you can learn about the benefits, expectations, and challenges facing your child in becoming a referee!

Change Effective July 1, 2019: US Soccer has mandated a minimum age of 13 years old for certification. We have modified our system to now deny the creation of any accounts for anybody under 13 years old. Once an individual turns 13, they are permitted to create an account. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the State Referee Administrator using the Contact Us form on our website.

As a new referee, you will have certain requirements that you need to complete to be able to take the field for the first time. These requirements are covered in a short video that you are required to watch before submitting any kind of payment, to ensure that you have a complete and thorough understanding of both these expectations and our policies. This summary page will discuss some of these tasks, but the best way to know exactly what you need to complete is to create an account (there is no charge for this) and then log in.

Downloadable Instruction Sheet for Certification

Step 1: Register with

New referees must start the registration process by first creating an account on this website. If you haven't done so, please navigate to the "Create Account" page and set up your account.

Included in the account creation process is the requirement to select one or more clubs or competitions you plan to work for. When you declare for a club or competition, that club/competition's assignor will then be able to track your progress and have access to your email to send you updates and instructions. Furthermore, you will see the contact's name and email and be able to contact them as well.

You can view the training clinic list for the entire state (but not sign up for them... you have a few more steps to complete before you get that far) via a blue button that appears in the right-hand dark blue column. If you view this list while logged in, it will automatically list clinics within 40 miles of your home address at the top.

Step 2: Pay Your State Administrative and US Soccer Registration Fees

The website only allows progress to each step if you have completed the one before it, and the first step you have to complete after creating your account is paying your 2022 fees. These fees are divided into a non-refundable $40 State Admnistrative fee and a $40 US Soccer Referee registration fee. The MNSRC website accepts payment by credit card only.

IMPORTANT: You will not have access to the payment screen until you watch the Registration Instructions video. This is REQUIRED! The link to the video is accessible on the 2022 Registration page.

Registration button (use the "Referee" menu when signed in to access)

Step 3: Complete the Online Training

Once you have paid your registration fees, you will be able to access the "Online Material" page from your Referee menu on the left side of the screen. When you click on that, you will gain access to the full online portion of the training. This includes the US Soccer Online Grassroots Course through the US Soccer Learning Center plus 10 topics provided on the MNSRC website.

Online Materials Button (use the "Referee" menu when signed in to access)

You will have to complete all of the online work before you are allowed to sign up for a course.

Step 4: "Complete "Classroom" Courses

After completing all of the online course work, you will need to register for an in-person course and attend. Use the "Clinics" tab on the Referee menu to select a class to attend.

Step 5: Pass the USSF Grassroots Test

Once you have completed the class and are credited with attendance, you will gain access to the USSF Grassroots test. This is a final test, 50 questions long, and passing score is a 40 out of 50. You will be given the opportunity to review the test, including an explanation of every question you missed, and then will be permitted to retake the test immediately if need be.

Once you pass your test, your account will be certified by the State Referee Administrator and you will be mailed your 2022 USSF badge. Please make sure your address is accurate. You will receive only one badge. Additional badges, if you lose yours, are available for $3 via purchase through our website, pending a sufficient supply.

Step 6: Background Check and SafeSport (for any referee 18 years or older)

If you are 18 years or older, you must complete a background check on the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association website, then SafeSport training. If you will be under 18 years of age for the entire season, you do not need to complete either of these tasks.

All steps must be completed no later than midnight on June 23, 2022. Fees paid for certification on accounts that do not complete work prior to this date are sacrificed, no exceptions.

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