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How To Become A Referee



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 spring, summer and 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 Classroom/On-Field or Virtual). 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. Dates and times** for the live portion of the course are:

December 3   | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Classroom/On-Field Milwaukee
December 11 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Classroom/On-Field Madison
December 17 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Virtual

If demand warrants, an additional Virtual(s) may be added.

Per the steps in the link far below, the Referee candidate must complete steps 1. through 4.  prior to requesting a Field or Virtual date or slot.

**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, if they complete all of the requirements, including the live session by 12/31/2022, 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 Courses


2022 Grassroots Referee Recertification courses are now available in the US Soccer Learning center. Here is the link If more than one course is open, please select the first one – they are all the same.


You may register for this course if you were registered in 2019, 2020 or 2021. Once you register, you will have 30 days to complete the assignments in the Learning Center.


All of the course content is in the Learning Center for this registration period. There is no content in GameOfficials, and there is no in-person or virtual component required for 2022.


All Referees ≥18, or when you turn 18 are required to maintain a current status in the Learning Center for your background check & SafeSport. All Referees will need to keep a current status in their Safe & Healthy Playing Environments (Courses/Available Courses/ Supplemental Courses/Intro to Safety).


Instead of an in-person or virtual component for 2022, we would like to remind you of the WisRef Points of Emphasis for each of the last two years:


2020 - What You Allow, You Encourage, along with Pay It Forward. In effect, deal with the problem - or it gets worse, and take appropriate action, so that problem does not make a less experienced referee quit.


2021 - Incident Reports - Completing Them Properly. WSL, WYSA and WisRef have noticed a higher quality of information in Incident Reports, which allows the WSL and WYSA to more quickly, and more importantly, appropriately sanctions for offenses. Two examples of good Incident Reports:


In the 58th minute #7, John Smith from Eagles challenged a Hawks attacker who was running towards the penalty area. While challenging for the ball, Smith carelessly charged through the side of the attacker just outside of the penalty area and near the goal line, stopping a promising attack. Play was stopped and Smith was shown a yellow card for unsporting behavior. Play was restarted with a direct free kick for Hawks.


In the 60th minute John Smith, the head coach for the Eagles team loudly, publicly and provocatively disputed a call by the referee by shouting “You guys are !!!!ING IDIOTS!” The coach was issued a send off for Offensive, Insulting or Abusive language. He quietly collected his belongings and left the field, both sight and sound away, without any further incidents. (Your Incident Report will contain the EXACT words.)


In addition, the 2022 Points of Emphasis as presented at the Advanced Recertification courses deals with the behavior of coaches, and referee interaction with coaches. Every time a coach stands and voices an opinion may not rise to a warning, caution or send off. It depends on how they do it, how often they do it, and the exact wording they use.


Within two to three weeks after you have completed the requirements in the Learning Center (including making sure your background check, SafeSport and Safe & Healthy Playing Environments are all up to date), your 2022 badge will be mailed and you will be enabled in GameOfficials for 2022 assignments. The sooner you complete the Learning Center assignments, the sooner you will receive your badge.

NEW and RECERTIFIED Referee Bonus

  • NEW Referees would receive a $50.00 bonus after working their first 5 SWD WYSA matches. 
  • Newly RECERTIFIED Referees would receive a $65.00 bonus after working their first 10 SWD WYSA matches. In addition, 2 of the 10 matches need to be worked as a CR. 
  • After completing the required number of matches(Local League, Tournament, or Friendlies) the individual referee will submit a Google Form bonus request to the Referee Assignor to verify the requirements have been met. Only games assigned by our local assignor will count towards the bonus.
  • Payments would be distributed twice a year:  June and November. Indoor tournaments will not be considered for this Bonus plan.
  • This program will run the calendar year.  

Link to SWD WYSA Referee Bonus Form (


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