The game of soccer continues to grow in Louisiana creating a constant need for committed, knowledgeable and well-trained referees. Quality referees are an essential part of player development. Becoming a referee is also an opportunity to earn a decent wage and all while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making life-long friends.
Referees and the laws of the game are administered through FIFA and US Soccer. Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA) appoints a State Referee Committee (SRC) to administer referee recruitment, education, registration and assignment across the state, but both LSA and its SRC simply act as the local arm of US Soccer.
A referee’s journey begins at the Grassroots level. U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referees are qualified to officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth matches and amateur adult matches. The U.S. Soccer Grassroots License has both an online and in-person component. Grassroots Referees will register for courses and be certified through State Referee Committees.
The Grassroots Referee Course will be found in the new U.S. Soccer Learning Center. The Learning Center will serve as a new one-stop shop for referees. In the Learning Center, all referees will have access to supplemental educational resources, their registration history and support from the U.S. Soccer Referee Department. The centralized platform will improve connectivity and collaboration between referees, State Referee Committees and U.S. Soccer.
NEW Grassroots Referee Course from US Soccer
Easy 3-Step Process
Follow these easy steps - becoming a certified US Soccer referee has never been easier! Certification to be a Grassroots Referee is done through a combination of required online coursework and an in-person course.
Step 1- Register
Registration is an easy process performed online through US Soccer’s Learning Center. Start by simply creating a Profile in the US Soccer Learning Center. There are fees to complete the required course work so be sure to have ready your credit or debit card available when registering. All candidates must be 13 years or older to create a profile and to register as a Grassroots Referee. To start your registration in the US Soccer Learning Center
and click on the “SIGN UP” button.
Step 2 - Background Screening (those 18 & older ONLY). Minors skip to Step 3.
Those candidates age 18 and older must submit a Background Screening before registering for a course. The fee for this screening is $30. Start by simply clicking "Initiate Background Screening" from your profile you created in Step 1. NOTE – IF YOU ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU COMPLETE THE US SOCCER NCSI BACKGROUND CHECK. The cost of the background check is $30 and it is valid for 2 years.
Step 3- Learn Online/In-Person
The course combines a variety of online videos and learning modules designed to prepare you to become an effective Grassroots Referee along with practical on-field exercises and instruction. The goal is to prepare the candidates by offering a safe, fun and reality-based experience and to reinforce concepts and knowledge covered in the online portion of the course via practical exercises. The focus must be on preparing the referee candidate to be ready for their first game. The fee for this course is $50 & covers United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Registration through December 31, 2020.
Description of New Grassroots Referee - Online Course
In-Person Course Schedule
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The Grassroots experience includes online coursework to include:
- Online Video Instruction
- Safe Sport Training (if 18 years old or older – required by Federal Law)
- Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
- Grassroots Referee Certification Quiz
The Grassroots experience also includes an in-person field training session.