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Recertification & Registration

Registration for 2019 will close December 1!
To all Iowa referees registered with US Soccer for 2018: In order to be able to continue refereeing United States Soccer Federation (USSF) matches next year, e.g., Iowa Soccer League (ISL), ILLOWA, State Cup, President's Cup, Regionals, other US Youth Soccer sanctioned matches, etc., you have to be registered for 2019. And, you cannot re-register unless you have recertified. Just because you've taken the required steps to recertify doesn't automatically mean that you have re-registered.
If you have satisfied your annual continuing education / recertification requirements and are ready to register for 2019 then click the Register Now button to be taken to your RefLink Account.
Unsure of the difference between Recertification and Registration? See below...


The Laws change. Memoranda are issued every year. Recertification ensures that you have been made aware of the changes and of any points-of-emphasis for the next registration year. Certified means you have satisfied Iowa's annual continuing education requirement of 5 hours of training. Referees typically meet this requirement either by regularly attending Referee Association Meetings where training is provided (as posted on the Calendar of Events), attending the annual Terry Vaughn Referee Academy, attending an Instructor-led Recertification Clinic, completing the on-line recertification module and test provided every Fall under Recertification Modules, completing the online Grade 7 or Grade 6 Course Modules and Exam to upgrade, or by completing an Instructor-led Grade 9 or Grade 8 Entry-Level Course within the last 12 months. Recertification Clinics are free; you are only out the time that it takes. The Recertification Requirements for US Soccer and Iowa can be found under Publications.


You must re-register with US Soccer every year. Registered means you are current with your annual registration fees with US Soccer and have been issued a Badge for that year. For this registration period, the window is open from August 1 to December 1, 2018. Please register within this 4 month window. If you register late and are outside the window, you will be assessed a late fee. Detailed instructions for "how-to" re-register using your RefLink Account Username and Password are provided in 2019 Registration Instructions. You can pay your annual registration fees by mail with a Check or online via Credit Card. Annual registration fees are based on what referee grade you are, i.e., 9, 8, 7, 6, ... . Note that Referee Grade does NOT correspond to grade in school. After your Registration is approved by the State Referee Registrar (SRR), you'll receive a new Badge in the mail mid to late Winter. The earlier you register, the sooner you'll receive your new Badge. If you register late, you may not receive a mailing.
IMPORTANT: You no longer receive your badge from US Soccer in Chicago. You must send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to the address below in order to receive a 2019 badge:
Jim Albertson
3710 24th Ave.
Marion, IA
ATTN.: 2019 Registration

Registration is a 3-part process. You have to:

  1. Logon to your RefLink Account following the instructions provided in 2019 Registration Instructions,
  2. Pay your annual registration fees by credit card or check, and
  3. Send the Registrar a self-addressed stamped envelope at the address above.

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