Becoming a US Soccer Referee

The Entry Level Referee course offers instruction to prepare an individual to become a USSF Soccer Referee. The course consists of online lessons, an online exam, and an in-person training session.

You must create an account on Game Officials at and then register for a course. Follow the directions listed at Be sure to list an active email address as your instructor will communicate with you using the email address you list.

Step 1: Complete the online modules for New Grassroots Referee Course
The online course modules and exam will take you approximately 4-6 total hours which can be completed over multiple sessions. Your progress will be saved as you take the course, and you can leave and return to this online course at any time. ALL online materials AND the test MUST be completed before attending in-person sessions.

Step 2: Obtain your background clearances, Safe-Sport and Work permit if applicable
While waiting to attend the in-person portion of the course, you may begin collecting the required appropriate PA and USSF clearances. Please send copies of clearances and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Peggy Neason, SRA at 82 Lookout Ave, Monongahela, PA 15063 (she will use it to mail your badge to you at the end). Only the paid or “employee” clearances will be accepted. “Volunteer” clearances cannot be accepted. For more information and instructions visit

Step 3: Attend an in-person field training session / Payment
  1. These will begin in late winter or early spring (depending on the COVID-19 pandemic), hopefully before the playing season.
  2. In-person instruction sessions will consist of referee mechanics, communication tactics, positioning, game scenarios, and much more. The session will last 4-5 hours.
  3. This program costs approximately $100 (Currently $65 due to Covid) and will be required before attending in-person training. NO PAYMENT will be accepted at the time of in-person training.
  4. Other costs not charged by WPA-SRC include background clearances ($44) and uniform kit (costs and sources vary).
    1. The minimum uniform consists of black shoes (running, cleats, turf all ok), black shorts, referee socks, yellow referee jersey (jersey and/or shorts must have pockets), a wristwatch with chronograph (no track style stopwatches), hand or finger whistle (no neck lanyards), pen or pencil, notepaper, yellow and red cards, pair of Assistant Referee flags.
    2. Additional uniform info here:

Because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the WPA SRC decision concerning in-person sessions will be made based on the safety protocols as well as local and state health department requirements.

***IMPORTANT*** Check your primary email Contact Information in Game Officials to make sure you have an updated and current address. This is how the State Referee Committee and your instructor will send you important information including information about your in-person session after you register for one.

Step 4: Send Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to Peggy Neason, SRA
Upon completion of the above steps, you will then be a licensed U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee and certified to officiate USSF-affiliated, grassroots games (youth and adult competitions) in small-sided 7 v 7, 9 v 9, and/or 11 v 11 venues. Please send SASE to Peggy Neason, SRA so that she may mail you your badge.