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How to Register

If you are a club, league or tournament interested in hosting a referee course to gain more officials for your games please follow the instructions linked HERE

Please Note: We are in the process of confirming course dates with clubs and will continue to post courses with new dates/locations in the Learning Center. As you walk through the process outlined below you will be prompted to sign up for a clinic, a list of current available course dates will show. If you don't see a course now, check back shortly we will be adding more dates soon.  Most courses will be Jan-Apr 2022. 

Make sure you sign up for the correct class. Recertification vs Signing Up as a New Referee? If you are still unsure, contact the State Referee Committee.

There are 'Help Articles' linked to each step that should answer your questions. Use these as your first resource, if you still have questions, contact your course instructor or the State Referee Committee.

Previous Officiating Experience? If you hold a certification from NISOA, VSOA, NFHS, or a previous USSF certification that was older than three years ago, then you may qualify to attend the shorter recertification in-person course. You still need to sign up for a "First-Time Grassroots Certification" course on the Learning Center, then contact your instructor to see if you are eligible.  

2022 FIRST-TIME GRASSROOTS REFEREE CERTIFICATION

PREREQUISITES

  • Be 13 years of age or older.
  • The ability to understand and comprehend the Laws of the Game.
  • Strong communication skills to work with assignors, fellow officials, coaches, and players.
  • Ability to be assertive in competitive situations.
  • A level of fitness that allows you to keep up with the pace of play

U.S. Soccer Requirements

  • Online Grassroots Referee Course Modules ~4.5 hrs
  • First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz ~45 mins
  • Introduction to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments ~1 hr
  • SafeSport Certification (18+ Only) ~1 hr
  • U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (18+ Only) ~5 mins

Vermont State Requirements

  • In-Person Grassroots Referee Clinic. Includes 6 hours of classroom instruction and a 2 hour on-field training. 
  • Optional: Attend the pre-season referee jamboree. 

COST: $65 Annually. $30 Background check fee every 2 years for those 18+. 

Instructions:

STEP 1: Create an Account in the US Soccer Learning Center. All sign-ups, online training, and payments will go through this website.  (Help Article)

STEP 2: Sign Up For An In-Person Clinic. Doing so will allow you to complete the online modules and pay dues.  Clinics will be mostly held Jan-April in 2022. (Help Article)

STEP 3: Complete the online modules. These must be completed before the in-person clinic. (Help Article)

STEP 4: Attend the in person clinic and receive your badge. 

STEP 5: Create a gotSport account and register with an assignor.

 

2022 GRASSROOTS REFEREE RE-CERTIFICATION

Note: "Advanced" Grassroots Referees should sign up for the Advanced Clinic

PREREQUISITES

  • Been a certified USSF referee in the past 3 registration years.

U.S. Soccer Requirements

  • Online Grassroots Referee Re-Certification Course Modules ~2 hrs
  • Re-Certifying Grassroots Referee Quiz ~45 mins
  • Introduction to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments ~30 mins
  • SafeSport Re-Certification (18+ Only) ~30 mins
  • U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (18+ Only) ~5 mins

Vermont State Requirements

  • In-Person Grassroots Referee Clinic. Includes 2 hours of classroom instruction and a 2 hour on-field training. 

COST: $65 Annually. $30 Background check fee every 2 years for those 18+. 

Instructions:

STEP 1: Sign Up For An In-Person Clinic. Doing so will allow you to complete the online modules and pay dues. Clinics will be mostly held Jan-April in 2022.  (Help Article)

STEP 2: Complete the online modules. These must be completed before the in-person clinic. (Help Article)

STEP 3: Attend the in person clinic and receive your badge.

 

2022 REGIONAL EMERITUS REFEREE RECERTIFICATION

Note: VT will not host a First-Time Regional Referee Certification or Regional Recertification Course in 2022

PREREQUISITES

  • Regional or regional emeritus referee for the past 3 registration years.
  • 45+ years of age. 

U.S. Soccer Requirements

  • Online Regional Emeritus Referee Quiz ~45 mins
  • Laws of the Game Refresher ~45 mins
  • Introduction to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments ~1 hr
  • SafeSport Re-Certification (18+ Only) ~1 hr
  • U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (18+ Only) ~5 mins

Vermont State Requirements

  • In-Person Advanced Referee Clinic. Includes 3 hours of classroom instruction and a fitness test. 

COST: $100 Annually. $30 Background check fee every 2 years. 

Instructions: Sign Up For An Advanced Clinic. Doing so will allow you to complete the online modules and pay dues. (Help Article) (Help Article)

 

2022 ADVANCED REFEREE CLINIC

This clinic is invitation only for:

  • Regional  & Regional Emeritus Referees.
  • Referees who attend regional events.
  • Referees who work college club games.
  • Referees who work adult games (VSSA/VASL/VASP/Elite 8).
  • Referees who work semi-pro games (WPSL/USL).

Clinic Dates: 

April 23rd 9:00am-1:00pm

April 29th 6:00pm-10:00pm

Will consist of the FIFA fitness test lasting about and hour and 3 hours of classroom instruction. Attending this clinic suffice as your in-state recertification requirement. 

Click Here for Fitness Test Information   

 

 

2022 REFEREE MENTOR CERTIFICATION & RECERTIFICATION (Assessors & Instructors)

PREREQUISITES

  • Be a certified USSF referee.
  • At least 2 years of officiating experience.
  • Be a referee who has worked advanced games.
  • Contact SDA Roger Ranz.

U.S. Soccer Requirements

  • Online Mentor Course Modules ~2 hrs
  • Meet all other requirements for referees

Vermont State Requirements

  • In-Person Mentor Clinic. Includes assessing an adult match and completing a D&G assessment.  

COST: $45 Annually.

Instructions:

STEP 1: Sign Up For An In-Person Clinic. Doing so will allow you to complete the online modules and pay dues. (Help Article)

STEP 2: Complete the online modules. These must be completed before the in-person clinic. (Help Article)

STEP 3: Attend the in person clinic.

 

2022 REFEREE ASSIGNOR CERTIFICATION & RECERTIFICATION

PREREQUISITES

  • Be a certified USSF referee.
  • At least 3 years of officiating experience.
  • Be approved by a majority vote of the State Referee Committee. 
  • Meet VSA Assignor Job Description

U.S. Soccer Requirements

  • Online Assignor Course Modules ~2 hrs
  • Meet all other requirements for referees

Vermont State Requirements

  • Attend Annual VT Assignors Meeting.   

COST: $10 Annually. 

Instructions:

STEP 1: Sign Up For The Online Modules. Doing so will allow you to complete the online modules and pay dues. (Help Article) (Help Article)

STEP 2: Attend Annual VT Assignors Meeting.

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Help Articles:

Navigating the US Soccer Learning Website

US Soccer Federation Background Checks

SafeSport - Concussion Recognition (18 years old and older)

Healthy Playing Environment

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