Recertification & Registration

 

2020 Registration is OPEN!

To all Iowa referees registered with US Soccer for 2019:

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 2020. And, you cannot register unless you have recertified.

Grassroots and Regional Referees in Iowa recertify and register through the US Soccer Learning Center.

YOU NEED TO KNOW that this year's recertification and registration process is dramatically different from what you are accustomed. It will take you more time to complete and there may be problems that you encounter because US Soccer's new Learning Center has bugs. Because of the many changes US Soccer implemented that went into effect July 1, attendance at the 2019 Terry Vaughn Referee Academy (TVRA) does NOT satisfy the annual recertification requirements to be able to register for 2020. (We did not know this last March.)

NOTE: Google Chrome is the preferred browser when using the Learning Center.

Here's what you must do before you can even enroll in a Recertification Module:

  1. Create a Learning Center Profile – When done, you may end up with multiple Profiles that only US Soccer can resolve. Resolution can take up to 3 days.
  2. Initiate a Background Check (for ages 18 and older) – A screening takes 7-10 days minimum and will cost you $30.

Complete Recertification & Registration instructions are provided below.


Instructions

 

The Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) Registrar, Tyler Turner, opened the 2020 US Soccer Registration Window for Iowa referees on September 15. Registration for assessors, assignors, and instructors opened on November 5.

In order to be able to recertify and register for 2020, you must have first created a Profile in the Learning Center and, if you are age 18 or older, have completed and passed an NCSI Background Check.


Learning Center 'Profile'

All referees must have a Learning Center 'Profile'. If you have not yet created a 'Profile', the instructions are provided in Learning Center Signup. All your important information will be in your Profile, i.e., 16-digit USSF ID number, e-Mail address, phone number(s), personal photo, emergency contact, receipts for payments made, licenses held, and registration history.


Background Check for Adults

If you are age 18 or older and have not completed a National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) Background Check, follow the instructions provided in Initiating a Background Screen to start the process 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.


Grassroots Referee Recertification and Registration

If you were registered as a Grade 9, 8, or 7 Referee in 2019, you will need to complete the IA - Online 2019-20 Grassroots Referee Recertification Module:

• Login to the US Soccer Learning Center to register for the course:
 

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• Fill in the required information

• Proceed to Payment and provide your credit card information

After you have paid your $55 registration fee, you will enter the course 'Classroom'.

Click on the 'Assignments' tab to open:

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The course has 4 assignments:

• E-Learning module (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 Re-Certification Quiz (25 questions)

Click on one of the assignments to begin. Read and follow the instructions provided. As you complete each one, click on 'Save and Confirm'. Once all 4 assignments are completed and evaluated by the Registrar, you will be registered for 2020 as a Grassroots Referee.


Regional Referee Recertification and Registration

If you were registered as a Grade 6 or 5 State Referee in 2019, you will need to complete the IA - Online 2019-20 Regional Referee Recertification Module:

• Go to IA - Online 2019-20 Regional Referee Recertification Module
• Login to the US Soccer Learning Center to register for the course:
 

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• Fill in the required information
• Proceed to Payment and provide your credit card information

After you have paid your $90 registration fee, you will enter the course 'Classroom'.

• Click on the 'Assignments' tab to open:

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The course has 4 assignments:

2020 Regional Assessment Requirements (2 assessments)
2020 SafeSport Training (90 minute module)
2020 Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments (30 minute presentation)
2020 Regional Referee Re-Certification Quiz (25 questions)

Click on one of the assignments to begin. Read and follow the instructions provided. As you complete each one, click on 'Save and Confirm'. Once all 4 assignments are completed and evaluated by the SDA and Registrar, you will be registered for 2020 as a Regional Referee.


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 30 or 60 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 the course that you want to continue and click on 'Go to Classroom' on the right
• Click on the 'Assignments' tab
• Open the assignment that you want to resume and pickup where you left off

Distribution of Referee Badges

Official Sports International (OSI) will begin distributing badges to registered Iowa referees in batch on October 15. Subsequent batch mailings will be sent on November 15, December 15, and so on.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that your mailing address is current in your Learning Center Profile.


Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions about the 2020 Recertification / Registration process, you can e-Mail me at RCWalaskaSDI@gmail.com.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your Learning Center Profile, Background Check, or status of your registration, e-Mail US Soccer at referee@ussoccer.org.

If you would like to learn more about the new US Soccer Learning Center, go to our Learning Center page.


Recertification vs. Registration

 
Unsure of the difference between Recertification and Registration? See below...

Recertification

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 US Soccer's annual continuing education requirement. Referees will typically meet this requirement by completing the appropriate Recertification Course, i.e., Grassroots or Regional, in the US Soccer Learning Center.

Registration

You must register with US Soccer every year. Registered means you are current with your annual registration fees and have been issued a Badge for that year. For this registration period, the window is open from September 15 through December 31, 2019. Please register during this window. If you register late, outside the window, you will be assessed a late fee. Detailed instructions for "how-to" register were e-Mailed to all Iowa referees mid-September. After your Registration is approved by the State Referee Registrar (SRR), you'll receive a new Badge in the mail from Official Sports International (OSI) in 30-45 days. The earlier you register, the sooner you'll receive your new Badge. If you register too late, you may not receive a mailing.
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