resources for Referee Coaches

For referee coaches, instructors and assessors

Referee Coaching

USSF is in the stages of implementing the positions of Referee Mentor and Referee Coach. A Referee Coach, similar to the National Referee Coach, will be an important role for referee development and will be able to lead educational sessions (i.e. video analysis, field sessions) as well as perform on field evaluation (i.e. developmental and full assessments) that adhere to US Soccer’s education philosophy (reality-based, holistic, and experiential). The referee mentor will provide the same role and be able to perform the same tasks for referee development with concentration on the grassroots level referee.

Information for Instruction

Educational Services

U.S. Soccer has developed a new portal for referee licensing aptly named the U.S. Soccer Learning Center. This will affect the certification and re-certification of all levels of referees and assignors as well as referee coaches, referee mentors and reginal assessors. STSR will post all licensing courses on the learning center portal and all payments for licensing courses will be performed through the learning center.

Licensing course information will be posted and managed by the State Referee Administrator or the State Deputy Director of Instruction. To request the posting of a licensing course, send an email to either individual.

Referee Clinic Information

For the grassroots –first-time referee there are several assignments (An NCSI background check and SafeSport training are required for those 18+) to be completed online. These assignments are incorporated in the Grassroots In-Person Field Session coursework available after registration. The online assignments are not required to be completed before the student attends the in-person field session but must be successfully completed in order to obtain certification.

 The Grassroots In-Person Field Session will last 2 hours and be directed by assigned instructional personnel.

 Cutoff dates for these sessions will be at least 2 days before the scheduled field session. Course details, already posted at registration, is again provided to all registered students and the roster is provide to the assigned instructional personnel 24 hours prior to the scheduled session.

Anyone wishing to get credit for the session MUST be on the roster. If they are not on the roster, they must be informed they may stay at the session but may not get credit for the session and they must follow up on getting credit with either the State Referee Administrator or the State Deputy Director of Instruction.  

A minimum of 10 participants is required to hold this course. If 10 participants have not registered for the course 2 days prior, then the course may be cancelled. If the course is cancelled for this reason then registered candidates will be able to transfer to another Grassroots – First-time Referee In-Person Field Session course.

As this session requires a much lower Instructor/Student ratio than the prior entry level clinic, a flat rate payment of $100 will be for the Grassroots – First-time Referee In-Person Field Session course. The payment does include mileage but If the State Referee Administrator or the State Deputy Director of Instruction deem that additional mileage should be provided, the assigned instructional personnel will be notified in advance.

The State Referee Administrator or the State Deputy Director of Instruction will provide direction on the submission of all expense reports related to the instruction of a Grassroots – First-time Referee In-Person Field Session.

Note: referee mentor licensing course registrants will not be paid for the first two involvements as this is the requirement for the 2022 referee mentor licensing course.

For the 2022 badge year, the re-certification licensing course that is required is to be completed entirely online. This licensing course will be posted in late November with certification requirements to be listed in the course detail description.

After registration for the licensing course in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, referees can complete the assignments at their own pace but will need to complete all assignments by December 20, 2021 to receive a badge and become certified for the 2022 badge year. After this date, all completion of course assignments will be processed on a weekly basis.  Upon verification of successful completion, a badge with velcro will be mailed by the STSR office.

Instructor Re-Certification Information

Beginning for the 2022 badge year, STSR will no longer certify the licenses for regional and grassroots instructors.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the educational program, please contact either the State Referee Administrator, the State Director of Instruction or the State Deputy Director of Instruction for details and information. The initial licensing course for 2022 in closed but additional courses will become available at dates to be determined.

See the requirements in the “Assessor Services” section on this page.

Information for Assessors

Assessor Services

Assessments can be both formal and informal. Informal assessments, known as development and guidance assessments, are created on the “Assessment List” page within your STSR account. Click on the button “Create New Developmental Assessment” to start this process. These assessments offer general performance feedback and provides a record for the referee, assessor and the State Director of Assessment.  

 Formal assessments are required for certification level maintenance and upgrade. These assessments follow specific criteria and must be completed online by the assessor.  To see the referee certification requirements for 2022, go the Referee page. All online assessments are completed in the U.S. Soccer Game Officials Assessment System and can be accessed by the official, assessor, State Director of Assessment, State Referee Administrator and the U.S. Soccer Referee Department. To assist in providing feedback for a formal assessment, download the booklet for the FIFA Considerations.

Assessor Services

If you are interested in becoming a part of the educational program, please contact either the State Referee Administrator, the State Director of Instruction or the State Deputy Director of Instruction for details and information. The initial licensing course for 2022 in closed but additional courses will become available at dates to be determined. Requirements are as follows:

  • Age: 18 Years Of Age And Older
  • Licensing Course Enrollment: Referee Mentor Licensing Course Registration
  • Previous Certification Experience: Minimum Of 2 Years As A Referee (Any License)
  • Course Training: Online Component (U.S. Soccer) And In-Person Meeting (Member Association)
  • Risk Management: SafeSport Training, Safe And Healthy Playing Environments, NCSI Background Check
  • Online Component Assignments: Laws Of The Game Update And Quiz, Profile Of The Referee Mentor Quiz, Continuing Education Quiz
  • Practical Assignments – 3: One (1) Leading A Video Analysis Session, One (1) Leading A Practical Exercise And One (1) Observing The Performance Of Match Officials

After obtaining Referee Mentor certification, subsequent year’s certification possess the following requirements:

  • Age: 19 Years Of Age And Older
  • Licensing Course Enrollment: Referee Mentor Licensing Course Registration
  • Previous Certification Experience: Active Referee Mentor License
  • Course Training: Online Component Refresher (U.S. Soccer)
  • Risk Management: SafeSport Training, Safe And Healthy Playing Environments, NCSI Background Check
  • Online Refresher Assignments: Laws Of The Game Update And Quiz, Profile Of The Referee Mentor Quiz, Continuing Education Quiz
  • Practical Assignments – 3: One (1) Leading A Video Analysis Session, One (1) Leading A Practical Exercise And One (1) Observing The Performance Of Match Officials

After obtaining Referee Mentor certification, If you are interested in upgrading to the certification level of Referee Coach, please contact  either the State Referee Administrator, the State Director of Instruction or the State Deputy Director of Instruction for details and information. The requirements for the Referee Coach licensing course are as follows:

  • Age: 21 Years Of Age And Older
  • Licensing Course Enrollment: Referee Coach Licensing Course Registration
  • Previous Certification Experience: Minimum Of 3 Years As A Referee Mentor And Active Referee Mentor License
  • Course Training Assignments – 10 (U.S. Soccer): Three (3) In The Pre-Meeting Period, Three (3) In The In-Person Meeting And Four (4) In The post-Meeting Period
  • Risk Management: SafeSport Training, Safe And Healthy Playing Environments And NCSI Background Check
  • Online Component Assignments: Laws Of The Game Update And Quiz, Profile Of The Referee Coach Quiz And Continuing Education Quiz
  • Post-Meeting Assignments Or Practical Evaluations – 4: One (1)Leading A Video Analysis Session, One (1) Leading A Practical Exercise, Tw0 (2)Evaluating The Performance Of Match Officials Including: Post-Game Reflection With The Referee Team &Written Feedback For The Referee Team

Regional Assessor Re-Certification Information

  • Successful completion of the State recertification licensing course assignments including the appropriate level referee test and attendance/participation at an in-person/virtual session.
  • Completion of five (5) full assessments during the previous 12 months (January 1 until December 31)

Regional Assessors who complete the any referee licensing course re-certification prior to the Regional Assessor Licensing Course can use the Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments, SafeSport Training and NCSI background check towards their assignment requirements. These assignments will be accepted for all licensing courses but you MUST pay the individual fees for each licensing course.