Did you know that a licensed assignor is required in every USSF sanctioned club, league, and tournament? If the assignor is not licensed, the insurance provided by USSF is void for all participants. Referees are taught in licensing classes to NEVER accept a game from an unlicensed assignor. Be sure to ask your assignor if they are licensed and complete the annual recertification. We are grateful for great assignors who are critical to the game of soccer as they connect the right skill set in a referee with the appropriate competition level of the match.
According to US Soccer policy, the State Director of Assignment is responsible for devleoping an assignor network that meets the needs of the State Referee Committtee. Plus, assignor appointments should be made by clubs, leagues, and tournaments for a year at a time. According to US Soccer policy, an assignor may never be a referee on a game they also assign.
Minimum Requirements to Assign
AGE: You must be at least 18 years old to begin the process. There are no exceptions.
RESIDENCY: You must be a resident of Idaho to begin the process with the Idaho SRC. If you live in another state, contact your state's SRC. There are exceptions for referees living close to the Idaho border who will referee mostly in Idaho. If this is your situation, contact the state director of assignmentfor advice.
E-MAIL: You will need your own email addres that is not shared anyone else.
EXPERIENCE: US Soccer allows the SRC to set experience required. In Idaho, you must have been a certified referee at some point to become an assignor.
Licensing Process & Local Classes Available
COST: You'll pay $150 your first year in US Soccer's Learning Center (assignors are encouraged to have their club, league, or tournament pay this fee). To relicense the following year, the fee drops to $100. A portion of the fee is retained by the Idaho SRC for training and the rest is sent directly to US Soccer.
ONLINE EDUCATION: You will complete US Soccer's online training program over about 4 hours which currently includes...
Introduction to Healthy and Safe Playing Environment video course and exam
Background Check, this requires an additional $30 fee but is valid for 2 years. If you have lived outside the country in the last 10 years, an additional international background check is required which costs $150.
IN PERSON EDUCATION: In person education may be required for 2025 relicensing, but is not required for 2024.
After you have paid your fee, completed all the training, you will receive an email with your license. If you miss any step above, your license will be delayed until you complete that step. Your license is valid for a calendar year (January-December), then you must relicense each year.
Licensed Assignors Receive...
USSF Liability Insurance to cover you in the event of injury, lawsuit, etc.
The database of all licensed referees connected with the state of Idaho so you can recruit referees. This is updated monthly.
Listing on the Idaho State Referee Committee website as a licensed assignor so referees can find you.