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






Strikers Indoor Arena







Idaho Falls




WHEN (Postponed due to weather)


Bannock Soccer Complex on Olympus Drive in Pocatello

Additional information for this location:  

Indoor classroom setting 

Participation in outdoor field session

Garden City



Eagle - Idaho Juniors FC





WHERE Simplot Sports Park (Near Field 10)

** Moved from Simplot Sports Complex ***

Step by Step: How to Become a Soccer Referee

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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

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

*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

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

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: