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Learning Center


The new US Soccer Learning Center is a learning management system and registration database designed to house all US Soccer educational programs for referees. Sign up for a free account, create a Profile, and then take part in online courses, browse for in-person courses in your area, and track your US Soccer licenses and other certifications.

If you are already a referee, all your important information will be in your Profile, i.e., 16-digit USSF ID number, e-Mail address, phone number, personal photo, receipts for payments made, licenses held, and registration history.

IMPORTANT: Referees will now use the Learning Center for annual Recertification & Registration.



User Guides for navigating the Learning Center and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Learning Center and 2020 Registration are provided below.

User Guides

US Soccer has provided the following User Guides for creating a Profile, initiating a Background Check, taking and managing Courses, and for generating Reports.

Learning Center Signup

Provides the Learning Center URL and step-by-step instructions for how to create a Profile. When done, all your License information imported from the SalesForce (RefLink) database should be listed. If not, e-Mail US Soccer at

Learning Center Signup

Initiating a Background Screen

For those who are age 18 and older, provides instructions for how to initiate a National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) Background Check from your Learning Center 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 Check performed.

Initiating a Background Screen

Taking Courses

Provides instructions on how to register for and participate in a Learning Center Course.

NOTE: You will be unable to register for any course until you have completed an NCSI Background Check and "NCSI result: clear" is displayed in your Profile.

Taking Courses

Creating Courses (Admins)

Instructs State Referee Committee (SRC) Learning Center Administrators on how to create and edit courses, set up a Course Library, attach a schedule, and manage Candidate registrations.

Creating Courses

Managing Courses (Instructors)

Provides guidance to Instructors on monitoring and evaluating Candidates' completions of course Assignments. When Candidates successfully complete all their course Assignments, they are then registered for the License associated with the course's curriculum.

Managing Courses

Running Reports (Admins)

Provides instructions to State Referee Committee (SRC) Administrators on how to generate downloadable csv reports on Grassroots Referee Course completions, Candidates with ongoing Assignments, registration numbers by License, course payments received, et al.

Running Reports

Frequently Asked Questions



Have questions about the new US Soccer Learning Center, creating a Profile, or registering for 2020? Then click on the 'FAQ' for answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions we've compiled to date.
refs-Ask If you don't find the answers you're looking for, click on the 'Ask Questions' button and send an e-Mail to the State Director of Instruction (SDI), R. C. (Chip) Walaska, who will try to get you some answers.

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