Become a Referee

2022 New Grassroots Courses

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Register and complete Online Course
This is a free registration

Complete Online Course before registering for area specific Field Course

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Register for the area Specific Course which will cost $65 closest to where you live and will work games

Register for one area specific course below in "Quick Links to Certify" after completing on Online Course.

Quick Links to Certify

  1. FREE Online Only (Complete before registering for one of the classes below) Register

  2. New Grassroots Referee Course $65 *

*Area specific 4 hour field sessions will be scheduled by each local District Referee Administrator in the areas listed above. The Free online Couse must be completed prior to attending field session.


Next Fields Sessions

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... *

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

  • 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) **

  • Register for and Attend an on field clinic - 4 hr. **

* Registration for the Online Grassroots Course is free and should be completed before registering for the the Full Grassroots In In-Person Referee Course $65.
** Background check may take 7-10 days to complete and must be cleared to attend on field clinic.


Online Grassroots Referee Course Module - 4.5 hours

** Try Before you Buy **

**US Soccer requires a minimum age of 13 to register**

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 - reveland@idahoreferee.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

  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

Step 3: Sign-up and complete a Grassroots In-Person 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. Attend an on field clinic - 4 hr. **

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

If you are 18+yrs, you have an two additional assignment 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 and is valid for 2 years.

      • Submit to a US Soccer Background Check which will cost $31.21 and will be good for 2 years as well.


District 1 Referee Administrator (Moscow/Pullman/Lewiston)

Leah Johnson


District 1 Referee Administrator (Coeur d'Alene/Sandpoint)

Derek Kohles


District 2 Referee Administrator (Idaho Falls, Rexburg)

Rick Spielman


District 2 Referee Administrator (Pocatello)

Brooke Taylor


District 3 Referee Administrator (Ada County, McCall)

Matthew Gamette


District 3 Referee Administrator (Canyon County)

Mike Koster


Step 3: 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 4: 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 In-Person course, Idaho referees will receive a yellow jersey to wear after you successfully complete your course. You may wear it as your main jersey if you referee youth games the first year you referee.

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 Rep: Frans Hoogland

Phone (208) 378-8888

Email frans88888@gmail.com

7085 W. Overland Rd.

Boise, Idaho 83709

208-323-4525

Referee Gear

Step 5: 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:

All Course Assignments Must be Completed prior to attending the Zoom Meeting

**If these dates do not work for you, please contact us.**

Rich Eveland, State Director of Instruction

REveland@IdahoReferee.org