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:
Submit for Background Screening (18+)
* Must submit through US Soccer may take 7-10 days to complete
** Other background checks are not accepted
SafeSport Training (18+ Online Course)
Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environment (Online Course)
Online Grassroots Referee Course (Online Course)
2022-2023 Laws of the Game Update (Online Course)
Attend 4 hour Field Training Event
Scheduled Courses by Area with Field Training Event
Moscow, Pullman, Lewiston
Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint
Timbers Thorns North
Ada County - Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and McCall
Hope Lutheran Church
Canyon County - Nampa, Caldwell , Star, Middleton
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.
* 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.
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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.
QUESTIONS - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
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.
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
Step 3: Sign-up and complete Full Idaho Grassroots Referee Course
Register for a Grassroots Course and pay the $65 fee Current New Grassroots Courses Available
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.
Idaho Rep: Frans Hoogland
Phone (208) 378-8888
7085 W. Overland Rd.
Boise, Idaho 83709
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:
Visit with your instructor for advice at your In-Person course.