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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Grassroots Referee Course - Council Bluffs

All Day Event


Iowa West Sports Plex
3260 Mid America Dr.
Council Bluffs, IA , 51501

Clinic Points-of-Contact:

Joyce Bartels (Council Bluffs)


Sat., Mar. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Bartels

Course cost is $61.28.
Bring paper and pen/pencil.

Requirement: US Soccer will not register you as a referee and you cannot sign up for this course 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 Learning Center Signup.

After you’ve created your Profile, click on ‘Courses’. Then, click on ‘Go to Course List’. Find this IA – 2021-22 In-Person Grassroots Referee Course (Council Bluffs) and click on ‘Course Details’.

If you registered and paid for the statewide pre-course in the Learning Center, send an e-Mail to to request the transfer of your registration to this in-person course. Your completed work will be transferred and there is no additional fee as you have already paid for registration.

Undergo a Background Check

If you are age 18 or older, you must initiate a National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) Background Screening. Follow the instructions described in Initiating a Background Screen to initiate the process from your Profile. 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 Screening performed. It is the only one that will be accepted.

Register for this Grassroots In-Person Course

After you have initiated your NCSI Background Screening 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 $61.28 payment is processed, you’ll enter the course Classroom. Click on the 'Assignments' tab to open. The course has 6 assignments:

Background Screening (required for ages 18 and older)
SafeSport Training (90 minute module required for ages 18 and older)
Online Grassroots Referee Course (4 hour module – go at your own pace)
2021-22 Laws of the Game Update
Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments (30 minute presentation)

First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz (do this last)

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 the in-person course.


If you have questions, go to the Learning Center page for User Guides and answers to your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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