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 1st 2022

*Free Course does not issue a license to referee

Registering for one of these courses will certify you with US Soccer as a Grassroots Referee.

** If you plan to fully certify we recommend you skip the Free Course **

Quick Links to Certify

New Grassroots Referee Course $75 (if over 18 you will need to submit to an additional $30 Background Check)

Requirements for completion:

  1. Submit for Background Screening (18+)
    * Must submit through US Soccer may take 7-10 days to complete
    ** Other background checks are not accepted

  2. SafeSport Training (18+ Online Course)

  3. Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environment (Online Course)

  4. Online Grassroots Referee Course (Online Course)

  5. 2022-2023 Laws of the Game Update (Online Course)

  6. Attend 4 hour Field Training Event

Scheduled Courses by Area with Field Training Event

      • Moscow, Pullman, Lewiston

      • Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint

Timbers Thorns North

Register Post Falls December 11th Noon - 4 PM

8049 N Huetter Rd Post Falls, ID 83854

      • Idaho Falls

      • Rexburg

      • Pocatello

      • Ada County - Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and McCall

Hope Lutheran Church

Canceled - Register Eagle Saturday November 12th 8 AM - 12 PM

331 N Linder Rd, Eagle, ID 83616

      • Canyon County - Nampa, Caldwell , Star, Middleton

      • Mountain Home

      • Twin Falls, Hailey

*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.

Idaho First Time Grassroots Referees completing registration through the Learning Center must complete the following requirements.

  • Register and complete Online Grassroots Referee Course - 4.5 hr. (Try it before you buy it) Click Here... *

  • 2021-2022 Laws of the Game Update 45 minutes *

  • Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments – 1 hr.

Register for a Full Idaho Grassroots Referee Course $75 Register

  • SafeSport (if 18 years or older)- 1 hr.

  • First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz - 45 mins.

  • U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (if 18 years or older) **

  • Attend a field training event - 4 hr. **

* Registration for the "Try before you buy" Course is free and allows completion of the top two items on this list. However, you can register for the Full Idaho Grassroots Course which will require these two items as well and bypass the free course. Registering for the Full Idaho Grassroots Referee Course $75.

** Background check may take 7-10 days to complete and must be cleared to attend on-field clinic.

2022 President's Cup 12G East Final
Photo by @SomosvenezolanosenUSA Team, M. Banks Rodriguez

Step by Step--Become a Referee

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 $65 fee Current New Grassroots Courses Available

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

  3. SafeSport (if 18 years or older)- 1 hr.

  4. First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz - 45 mins.

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

  6. Field Training Event - 4 hr. **

  7. Complete all other "Assignments" in the classroom online.

If you are 18+yrs, you have two additional assignments to must complete

      • Complete SafeSport Training as this is a federal requirement about child abuse, harassment, hazing, and inappropriate sexual behaviors. It is about 2 to 2/12 hours in length.

      • Submit to a US Soccer Background Check which will cost $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: