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Registration for 2022 New Grassroots Referee Courses Open


The Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program (WisRef) has announced courses for 2022 registration. Referee candidates who are first time referees, or previously registered referees who have had a lapse in registration may now register for certification in August. NOTE: U.S. Soccer Policy mandates a minimum age of 13 to start the certification – there are no exceptions or waivers to this U.S. Soccer Policy.

The total cost of the course is $70; a background check, if 18 or older is an additional $30 (for a 2-yr period). New & lapsed referee candidates who successfully complete all the requirements in August will receive a full reimbursement of their registration fee and background check fee, plus a 10-piece referee uniform starter kit.

New Grassroots Referee Courses require a combination of independent learning and in person, virtual instruction. The independent learning starts in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, is followed by WisRef content, and finishes with a WisRef virtual session. Total instruction time is estimated at 16 hours, with the final four hours being the virtual session.

Dates and times for the virtual portion of the course are as follows:

Saturday, August 7 | 8:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, August 7 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 8 | 8:00am – 12:00pm Sunday, August 8 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, August 14 | 8:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, August 14 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 15 | 8:00am – 12:00pm Sunday, August 15 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Weekday courses and/or additional courses may be added based on demand. If the Referee candidate is younger than 13, or the dates and times of the virtual portion conflicts with your schedule, additional courses will be offered from January through mid-April of next year. 

To register to become a 2022 USSF Referee please follow these steps.

We ask that you commit to refereeing this fall, all of 2022 and registering again for 2023 minimum. We would hope that you continue in 2024 and beyond.

In addition to the reimbursement and uniform package, many clubs and districts also provide additional referee incentives, for a minimum number of games worked in a season. Referees should contact the Assignor for more information on these programs.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the game, while learning and earning! For registration and certification questions, please contact Sue Walter at