resources for Referee Coaches

For referee coaches, instructors and assessors

Referee Coach

USSF is in the stages of implementing the position of 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).

Information for Instructors

Instructor 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, instructors, assessors and assignors. 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, a background check for persons 18+ years of age is required prior to course registration. There are 3 or 4 modules (SafeSport is required for those 18+) to be completed online. These modules are incorporated in the Grassroots In-Person Field Session coursework available after registration. The online modules 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 2.5 hours and be directed by assigned instructional/referee mentoring personnel.

Cutoff dates for this 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/referee mentoring 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.  

For the 2020 badge year, all re-certification clinics are to be completed online. An additional in-person session may be required depending on the certification level and will be listed in the course detail description.

After the initial sign up with the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, referees can register for the appropriate level re-certification course. Each course will have specific requirements and course work based upon the respective level of certification.  Upon verification of successful completion, a badge with velcro will be mailed by the STSR office.

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/referee mentoring 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: you will not be paid for your first involvement as this will be considered as a requirement for your certification/re-certification licensing course for 2020.

Instructor Certification/Re-Certification Information

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.

All re-certification of grassroots and regional instructor are being done through the U.S. Soccer Learning Center. For information on re-certification, see the respective course.

For grassroots instructors re-certification, click here.

For regional instructors re-certification, click here.

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 2020, 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.

  • Have been a Grade 6 State Referee or higher for at least three (3) years.
  • Good standing as a currently registered Grade 7 Assessor or National Referee.
  • Nominated by the State Director of Assessments to attend the U.S. Soccer held Regional Referee Coach licensing course.
  • Attendance and successful completion of the Regional Referee Coach licensing course will provide registration as a Provisional Regional Referee Coach.
  • Completion of five (5) full assessments as a Provisional Regional Referee Coach, shadowed by a U.S. Soccer appointed National Referee Coach.

Provisional Regional Referee Coaches are required to meet the minimum # of assessment requirements to register each year (three developmental assessments equal 1 formal). The State Director of Assessments may provisionally register a Regional Referee Coach who has met all of the other registration requirements except assessment counts based on:

  • Documented Personal or Family Illness
  • Documented conflict with work schedule
  • A commitment that missing assessments will be made up by June 1st of the new Registration year

A Regional Referee Coach shall not be granted Provisional Registration status for two successive registration years. A Regional Referee Coach Not granted Provisional Registration status, or that was last registered provisionally and again has not met the Assessment count requirements, will not be registered as an assessor until they have been invited to and successfully completed the Entry Assessors (Referee Mentor) clinic when it is offered.

Assessor Re-Certification Information

  • Successful completion of the State recertification session including the appropriate level referee test.
  • Completion of five (5) full assessments during the previous 12 months

Regional Referee Coaches that complete the referee re-certification will have their coursework available to be accepted for the assessor (Regional Referee Coach) re-certification but you MUST pay the individual fees for each licensing course.