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Registration for 2023 New Grassroots Referee Courses Open


Registration for new referees is now available! A new referee is someone who has not previously been registered as a referee OR is a previous referee whose registration has lapsed (2020 or prior). Candidates successfully completing the course will be eligible to referee games in fall 2022 through fall 2023 (license expiring 12/31/23).

Grassroots Referee courses for new referees require a combination of independent learning and in-person instruction. The independent learning starts in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, is followed by a WisRef live session (either virtual or in-person). Total instruction time is estimated at 12 hours, with the final four hours being the live session. The independent learning content can be completed at your own pace. Candidates must complete all online work and WisRef steps 1-4 prior to requesting a live spot. Dates and times** for the live portion of the course are:

December 3 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Milwaukee
December 11 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Madison
December 17 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Virtual
If demand warrants, additional virtual(s) may be added

**please refer to the Learning Center for most up-to-date dates and times

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 and lapsed referee candidates who successfully complete all the requirements will receive a full reimbursement of their registration fee and background check fee, plus a 10-piece referee uniform starter kit.

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.

To register to become a 2023 USSF Referee please follow these steps.

Recertification information will be available at a later date.

Many clubs and districts also provide additional referee incentives, for a minimum number of games worked in a season. Referees should contact their 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 Tom Mesalk at