Become a Referee

2023 New Grassroots Courses

*Must be 13 years old to register to become a referee

All 2023 Courses must be completed by June 25th

2024 Registration begins July 1, 2023

If you are not sure, you may take this free course.
If you decide to certify, register for the full course
. The two assignments associated with this Free course count towards full certification.

*This Free Course does not issue a license to referee

Register for the Area-Specific Grassroots in Idaho closest to where you live and will work games

Cost = $75

Registering for this full course will certify you with
US Soccer as a Grassroots Referee.

** If you are sure you want to fully certify,
we recommend you skip the Free Course and register for the full course **

Requirements For Certification Completion

Grassroots Certification Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTE: Online assignments are expected to be completed before attending the 4-hour field training event associated with your course. You may attend any field event but it is recommended you attend the field event closest to where you intend to work games.

Quick Links to Scheduled Field Training By Location

Quad Cities — Moscow, Pullman, Lewiston, Clarkston



Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint



  • Location TBD,




Idaho Falls


  • Saturday, March 11, 2023 8 am – 12 pm Register

  • Saturday, March 18, 2023 8 am – 12 pm Register




  • Saturday, March 4, 2023 10 am – 2 pm Register

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 4 pm – 8 pm Register

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023 5 pm – 9 pm Register


181 Jefferson Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201 (PVSC Office)

Additional information for this location:

  • Dress Appropriately For—

Indoor classroom setting

Participation in outdoor field session

  • Restrooms Available

  • Please bring drinks and snacks—no break to leave for food



  • Saturday, February 18, 2023 9 am–1 pm Register

  • Saturday, February 25, 2023 9 am–1 pm Register * Adult SISL Referees *

  • Saturday, February 25, 2023 1 pm–4 pm Register




  • Saturday, February 18, 2023 8 am–12 pm Register

WHERE Girls & Boys Club of Ada County - Horizon


  • Saturday, March 11, 2023 9 am–1 pm Register

WHERE Boise Timbers Thorns Complex

Canyon County — Nampa, Caldwell, Star, Middleton



TBD - Working on location and Date

Mountain Home



Twin Falls, Hailey



Step by Step: How to Become a Soccer Referee

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Photo by @SomosvenezolanosenUSA Team, M. Banks Rodriguez

On behalf of the Idaho Soccer Referee Committee, we are excited you are interested in becoming a United States Soccer Federation certified referee. This is the beginning of a journey that will be challenging, rewarding, and offer you skills that may impact your life on and off the field. We are glad you are standing at the beginning of the journey! On behalf of our State Referee Committee and our Idaho team of mentors and coaches please know we are here to help you attain your goals and help you become the best referee you can be.


Select "Sign Up" in the upper right corner

Fill out form making sure to use your own unique email account

Step 1: Create a Profile at the US Soccer Learning Center website

  1. Go to the US Soccer Idaho US Soccer Learning Center where you can read about the path from your first day to refereeing the World Cup!

  2. Click “Sign-up” at the top and fill out the form. Then, be sure to click “Sign up now” at the bottom to finish up.

  3. If it recognizes you from coaching or anything else, it may ask you to confirm your information. If so, say “Yes” and update it please!

Make sure to use an email address just for you!

US Soccer will only allow the single use of an email address for the Learning Center for each individual.

Step 2: Sign-up and complete the online referee modules

  1. Register for FREE to take the online referee modules. Click Here

  2. Having issues saving progress on course? Click Here

*You can register for the Idaho Grassroots Referee Course below and complete the modules as part of that course and skip the free modules only course.

Step 3: Sign-up and complete Full Idaho Grassroots Referee Course

  1. Register for a Grassroots Course and pay the $75 fee Current New Grassroots Courses Available

  2. Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments – 1 hour

  3. SafeSport (if 18 years or older) — 1 hour

  4. First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz — 45 minutes

  5. US Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (if 18 years or older) **

  6. Field Training Event 4 hours **

  7. Complete any other Assignments in the online classroom.

If you are 18 or older, you have two additional assignments that you must complete

      • Complete SafeSport Trainingthis is a federal requirement about child abuse, harassment, hazing, and inappropriate sexual behaviors. It is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours in length.

      • Submit to a US Soccer Background Check that costs $31.21 and will be good for 2 years.

Step 4: Download the Laws of the Game to Mobile Device

Go to IFAB Laws of the Game It is helpful to bring this device to your course and keep it with you when you referee. Hard copies are available for purchase, but nearly everyone uses a digital version now.

Step 5: Get Referee Gear

The Learning Center provides a list of the equipment you will need in the Resources section of your Grassroots In-Person course.

At your Field Training Event, Idaho referees may receive a yellow jersey to wear after you successfully complete your course. If you receive this you may wear it as your main jersey to referee youth games the first year.

Other jerseys for out-of-state or adult games, plus whistles, cards, etc., can be borrowed from a friend, donated from a retired referee, or purchased from a local vendor, online vendor, or Official Sports who is US Soccer’s official provider for referees.

We suggest Starter Kits that contain what you need in a more affordable manner but remember, the yellow shirt provided by Idaho is fine for all youth games.

Starter Kits

Idaho Kit from OSI

Idaho Rep: Frans Hoogland

Phone (208) 378-8888


7085 W. Overland Rd.

Boise, Idaho 83709


Referee Gear

Step 6: Begin refereeing

Contact a local referee assignor in your area or contact a local league or club and they will connect you with the referee coordinator. If you are unsure who the assignors are, do one of the following: