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2023-2024 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!

Easy 3-Step Process



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 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 become a First-time Referee is done through a combination of online coursework and an in-person course. Your registration for the First-time Referee Course will include both an online course and an in-person course with a total fee of $65.

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 Referee.
A new referee is required to complete both the First-time Referee Online Course AND the In-Person Course to be officially licensed with U.S. Soccer as a Referee. Register (set Host to South Texas) for the 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 Referees. The goal is to prepare the candidates by offering a SAFE, FUN, reality-based, holistic experience.

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. Referee Certification Quiz
The total fee for the Grassroots First-time Referee course experience is $65. 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 First-time Referee course.

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Important information concerning all 2024 licensing courses for all involved in the referee program within South Texas
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2024 Licensing Courses For Recertifying Referees

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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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IFAB 2023/2024 Laws of the Game - Changes &  Clarifications

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) made released changes and clarifications on Laws of the Game for 2023/2024
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STSR Enters Partnership With Capelli Sport

The South Texas Referee Committee (“STSR”) is pleased to announce a partnership with Capelli Sport to be the official technical apparel and equipment provider for STSR.

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