Information For The 2022 Licensing Courses & Background Checks


2021-2022 Laws Of The Game Changes Now Available

South Texas Soccer Referees (STSR) is the official State Referee Committee for the United States Soccer Referee Program. The committee is responsible for the administration of the Referee Program including Registration, Development and Assignment and serves those associations affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation in South Texas.

Become a U.S. Soccer Referee

Follow these easy steps - becoming a certified U.S. Soccer referee has never been easier!

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Registration is performed online through U.S. Soccer’s Learning Center. There are fees to complete the required course work so be sure to have ready your credit or debit card available when registering.

Registration is Easy

All candidates must be 13 years or older to create a profile in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center and register as a Grassroots First-time Referee. Start your registration now by signing up at the U.S. Soccer Learning Center and click on the “SIGN UP” button. For help, click here.

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Certification to be a Grassroots Referee is done through a combination of online coursework and an in-person course. Your registration for the Grassroots – First-time Referee Course will include both an online course and an in-person course with a total fee of $75.

Grassroots – First-time Referees Online Course

This incredible, at your own pace, 4.5 hour e-learning experience unites a variety of videos and learning modules for an exciting educational experience and prepares candidates for their assigned tasks and responsibilities as a Grassroots Referee.
A new referee is required to complete both the Grassroots– First-time Referee Online Course AND the In-Person Course to be officially licensed with U.S. Soccer as a Grassroots Referee. Register (set Host to South Texas) for the Grassroots – First-time Referee course.

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The In-Person portion of a student’s coursework includes practical exercises for aspiring candidates wishing to become U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referees. The goal is to prepare the candidates by offering a SAFE, FUN, reality-based, holistic experience.

Grassroots – First-time Referee Course In-Person Session

The purpose of the in-person session is to provide an opportunity to reinforce concepts and knowledge covered in the online portion of the course via practical exercises. The focus must be on preparing the referee candidate to be ready for their first game.  The In-Person experience also includes online coursework to include:
1.Safe Sport Training (if 18 years old or older – required by Federal Law)
2. Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
3. Grassroots Referee Certification Quiz
The total fee for the Grassroots First-time Referee course experience is $75. NOTE – IF YOU ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU COMPLETE THE U.S. SOCCER NCSI BACKGROUND CHECK. The cost of the background check is $30 and it is valid for 2 years. Register (set Host to South Texas) for the Grassroots First-time Referee course.

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Information For All 2022 Licensing Courses & Background Checks

Important information concerning all 2022 licensing courses for all involved in the referee program within South Texas
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Annual SafeSport Training & Background Check

You must keep your SafeSport training and background check current for your license to stay valid.
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STSR was represented well at the recent regional & national youth and adutl tournaments
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Upcoming Events

Grassroots First Time In-Person Course In Austin (Round Rock Multipurpose Complex Soccer Fields) 05.27.2022
A grassroots level course for referee certification is available in Austin (Round Rock) Area.
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2022 STYSA NCS State Cup Finals
May 28th - 30th at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, Round Rock, Texas
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Learn about how to become a better referee

STSR supports in the development of referees across South Texas by provide the best training and growth opportunities for our referees. Find information for referees in this section of the site.

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Referee Coach

Discover what a referee coach offers

The STSR team utilizes referee mentors (instructors, assessors and more) in this key role for referee development. From educational sessions to field evaluations, this position adheres to the educational philosophy of U.S. Soccer. Find information for this area in our referee coach section of the site.

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Learn about how to become an assignor

Assignors service leagues and tournaments at a variety of competitive levels as well as Identify those officials who are likely to be assigned to higher level appointments. Find out more about our programs in our assignor section of the site.

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Learning & Education

Watch an array of videos to improve performance

The STSR team works with U.S. Soccer to provide ongoing videos to enhance the knowledge of the referee from information pertaining to law interpretation as well as other aspects of referee training. See these videos in our learning and education section of the site.

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News & Events

Learn about new and upcoming events

STSR members are constantly performing both regionally and nationally. In addition, STSR holds events on a regular basis for our referees. Find out more about news and events in these section of the site.

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About STSR

Learn about what STSR has to offer

The STSR team works with referee mentors (instructors & assessors) and assignors across south Texas to provide the best learning and growth opportunities for our referees. Find out more about our people and programs in our About section of the site.

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