Become a Referee
To adhere to social distancing protocol and to ensure safety of all participants, 2021 New Grassroots Referee courses will be online only for the Fall session*
**Minimum age to register is 13 years.**
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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 instructors and assessors (sometimes called referee coaches), please know we are here to help you attain your goals and help you become the best referee you can be.
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Step 1: Create a Profile at the US Soccer Learning Center website
Go to the US Soccer Learning Center website 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!
If you are over 18+ yrs. you will need to pass the USSF background check
Complete the US Soccer NCSI Background Check which is valid for 2 years and costs an additional $31.21 payable. The check may take up to 10 days to complete and you can not referee any games until this comes back!
Step 2: Sign-up for the Grassroots Online Course
Register for a Grassroots In-Person Course and pay the $40 fee Current New Grassroots Courses Available
Complete all "Assignments" in the classroom of the learning center. This includes a video-based course that will teach you many of the Laws of the Game and test your knowledge as you go. Estimated time to completion is about 5 hours, but you can stop and come back later
Complete all other "Assignments" in the classroom.
Attend a New Grassroots Orientation Zoom Meeting
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.
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.
Idaho Rep: Frans Hoogland
Phone (208) 378-8888
7085 W. Overland Rd.
Boise, Idaho 83709
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:
Visit with your instructor for advice at your In-Person course.