R. C. (Chip) Walaska
So you want to become a referee but don't see a Grassroots Referee Course scheduled yet near you and you'd like to get started right now? Then enroll in the IA - Grassroots Referee Pre-Course (Statewide/Remote) in the US Soccer Learning Center. This pre-course enables you to complete all the online assignments for a Grassroots Referee Course ahead of time.
Once a course is scheduled in your area, all your completed assignments can be transferred to the specific IA - Grassroots In-Person Course available in the Learning Center that you want to attend and there is no transfer fee.
Requirement: US Soccer will not register you as a referee unless you are at least 13 years old.
Create a Learning Center Profile
All referees must have a Learning Center Profile. Your account Profile will contain your unique e-Mail address, password, mailing address, phone number, etc. To create a Profile, go to the US Soccer Learning Center and click on ‘Sign Up’. Follow the instructions provided in Sign Up for an Account.
After you’ve created your Profile, click on ‘Courses’. Then, click on ‘Go to Course List’. Find this IA - Grassroots Referee Pre-Course (Statewide/Remote) and click on ‘Course Details’.
Undergo a Background Check
If you are age 18 or older, you must next initiate a National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) Background Check. You cannot register for this or any other course until you have completed a background check. Go to Background Screening and follow the instructions to start the process. The cost is $30 and is good for 2 years. You pay online with a credit card. Determinations take between 7-10 days.
NOTE: Even if you are a coach who has had a background check recently through the Iowa Soccer Association (ISA) by Reference Services, Inc. (RSI), you must still have the NCSI Background Check performed. It is the only one that will be accepted.
Register for this Grassroots Referee Pre-Course (Statewide/Remote)
After you have completed your NCSI Background Check or if you are under 18, click on ‘Proceed to Registration’. Fill in the required fields and then ‘Proceed to Payment’ to provide your credit card information. Once your $60 payment is processed, you’ll enter the course Classroom. Click on the 'Assignments' tab to open. The course has 4 assignments:
• Online Grassroots Referee Course (4 hour module – go at your own pace)
• 2020 SafeSport Training (90 minute module required for ages 18 and older)
• 2020 Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments (30 minute presentation)
• 2020 Grassroots Referee Certification Quiz (25 questions)
Click on the Online Grassroots Referee Course assignment to begin. As you complete each assignment, click on ‘Save and Confirm’.
Subsequent Logins to the Learning Center
You do not have to complete all the assignments in one sitting. You can go at your own pace, e.g., working 20 or 30 minutes at a time, closing the assignment, and then logging-out of the Learning Center. Later, when you want to resume:
• Log in to the Learning Center
• Click on 'Courses' in the upper left of the screen
• Next, click on the 'My Courses' tab
• Find this course and click on 'Go to Classroom' on the right
• Click on the 'Assignments' tab
• Open the assignment that you want to resume and pick up where you left off
IMPORTANT: The assignments are prerequisite, i.e., you must complete them all before you show up for an in-person course.
If you have questions, go to the Learning Center page for User Guides and answers to your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).