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Fees, Payment Policies, and Refunds

The following fee structure and policies are in effect for the Minnesota State Referee Committee.

State Administration Fee | USSF Referee Registration Fee | USSF Futsal Fee

USSF Instructor Registration Fee | USSF Assessor Registration Fee | USSF Assignor Registration Fee

Regional Referee Upgrade Fees | Regional Referee Maintenance Fee | Grassroots Tier FeeReassessment Fee

Duplicate Registration Processing Fee | Badge Remailing Fee | Badge Replacement

Refund Requests

General Referee Fees

State Administration Fee

Any individual using the certification tools on the MNSRC site is subject to a $40 State Administration Fee. This includes any referee, instructor, assessor, or assignor. Out-of-state referees using the MNSRC site but filing their USSF registration fee with another state are still subject to this $40 fee. This fee covers the cost of operation of the website and expenses related to the Minnesota State Instructional and Assessment programs.

Payment of this fee opens up access to the online certification process, and once it has been paid this service has been provided. It is strongly recommended that users should be sure they intend to certify before committing to payment.

Refunds may be requested on the State Admin fee but are subject to restrictions. Please see the Refunds section for terms.

USSF Referee Registration Fee

US Soccer requires the following registration fee to certify as an official, depending on grade. This is in addition to the State Administration Fee:

Grade Grassroots Regional Emeritus
Fee $40 $75 $75

Combined with the State Admin fee, the cost of certifying as a referee is either $80 or $115.

Refunds may be requested on registration but are subject to restrictions. Please see the Refunds section for terms.

MNSRC will be offer limited entry level classes in late July and early August. These classes will only be held in the Twin Cities. These are designed to train new referees for MSHSL games and fall MYSA games.

Rollover of Spring Payments to Summer Session: Referee candidates who pay the State Admin fee and the USSF fee between November 1 and June 30 but fail to complete their requirements before the end of the spring Entry Level clinic season will be permitted to roll their registration fees over to the late summer (July-September) entry level classes. This rollover is permitted ONLY for entry level classes in that year's summer session. If a candidate fails to complete his or her requirements by the end of the late summer clinic season, all fees will be forfeited, no exceptions.

Rollover of Summer Payments to Spring Session: Referee candidates who pay the State Admin fee and the USSF fee between July 1 and September 15 but fail to complete their requirements before the end of the summer Entry Level clinic season will be permitted to roll their registration fees over to the spring (November-June) entry level classes. This rollover is permitted ONLY for entry level classes in that year's spring session. If a candidate fails to complete his or her requirements by the end of the spring clinic season, all fees will be forfeited, no exceptions.

No Refunds on Summer Payments: New referee candidates who pay the State Admin fee and the USSF fee between July 1 and September 15 are NOT eligible for any refund. If these individuals fail to complete their course work in the summer, their fee will be rolled over to spring of the next year and they must finish their course work in spring to become certified. No refunds will be given for payments made between July 1 and September 15.

Once a fee is refunded, the applicant may NOT change their mind and re-apply the fee to make a partial payment towards subsequent registration. In order to re-apply, the applicant must pay the full USSF fee plus State Admin fee in order to restart the process.

Re-certifying referees MUST complete their requirements by June 24, 2020. They may not roll over their registration at all... payment of fees, failure to request a refund, and failure to certify by June 24 will result in forfeiture of the fees.

Instructor Fees

USSF Instructor Registration Fee

US Soccer requires the following registration fee to certify as an instructor, depending on grade. This is in addition to the State Administration Fee:

Grade Grassroots Ref Coach
Fee $45 $75

This fee is non-refundable.

Assessor Fees

USSF Assessor Registration Fee

US Soccer requires the following registration fee to certify as an assessor, depending on grade. This is in addition to the State Administration Fee:

Grade Grassroots Ref Coach
Fee $45 $75

This fee is non-refundable.

Assignor Fees

USSF Assignor Registration Fee

US Soccer requires a $10 fee to certify as an assignor. This is in addition to the State Administration Fee. This fee is non-refundable.

Futsal Fees

USSF Futsal Registration Fee

US Soccer requires a $45 fee to certify to officiate futsal. This is in addition to the State Administration Fee. In order to access this fee you must be approved as a referee as well. Payment of this fee enables access to futsal training, which is entirely online. This fee is non-refundable.

Regional Referee and Grassroots Tier Fees

Regional Referee Upgrade Fee

MNSRC charges a fee of $150 to upgrade from Grassroots to Regional. This fee helps cover the cost of classroom instruction, administration of the physical fitness test, and assessments needed to complete the upgrade. The Regional Upgrade Fee is non-refundable. It must be paid in order to access fitness testing.

Regional Referee Maintenance Fee

MNSRC charges a fee of $75 as part of the maintenance for Regional Referees to maintain active status. This fee is collected to defray the cost of classroom instruction, administration of the physical fitness test, and the minimum of three yearly assessments that are mandatory for this grade. This fee is non-refundable once paid.

If Regional Referees would like to avoid this added expense, it is our recommendation that they take on Emeritus status once they are eligible to do so.

Reassessment Fee

Regional referees and Regional upgrade candidates must pass three assessments yearly at the Regional referee level. If a Regional referee or candidate earns a Not Acceptable rating on one of these assessments, he/she must pass an additional assessment in that year to maintain the grade or upgrade. The referee must pay a $75 fee per assessment to the SRC to offset this cost.

Grassroots Tier Fee

MNSRC charges a fee of $15 for Grassroots referees to participate in the Tier program. These fees are collected to defray the cost of classroom instruction, administration of the physical fitness test, and mentoring. These fees are non-refundable once paid.

Additional Fees

Duplicate Registration Fee

If a user accidentally pays for registration twice (using two separate accounts), there is a $15 processing fee to refund any duplicate payments. Duplicate payments are otherwise 100% refundable (minus the $15 fee).

Badge Re-Mailing Fee

For all referees, your badge and Law Book are mailed to you once you complete your continuing education hours. They are mailed to the address you have indicated on your account. You are responsible for keeping this address up to date. If you fail to do so and your badge is returned to the SRA, you may be assessed a $3 fee on your registration for the subsequent year to account for additional shipping and handling costs to re-mail your badge.

Replacement Badge Fee

If you lose your badge, you may purchase a replacement badge from the SRC for $5. Please contact the SRA to arrange for this fee to be assessed to your account. Once paid, the SRA will mail you the replacement badge.

Refund Requests

All refunds are subject to a $15 transaction fee that is deducted from the amount of the refund.

Any transaction that is over 90 days past is not eligible for a refund.

Any payment made for the 2021 registration year between November 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021 is not eligible for a refund after June 30, 2021.

Refunds may only be issued to the same card used for the initial transaction.

Once any MNSRC-hosted presentation has been started, the user may no longer obtain a refund on the State Admin fee. Only the USSF fee (minus the $15 transaction fee) may be refunded.

Once the user has completed ALL MNSRC-hosted presentations for their certification, no fees may be refunded.

The fiscal year for MNSRC closes on June 30 of each year, so any request for refunds from the prior clinic season will be refused if requested after 6 PM CDT on June 30.

All refund requests should be made to the State Referee Administrator (SRA) via the "Contact Us" page.


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