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Register for and complete online course

Online course completion

Are you age 13 or older, want to become a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) referee and start working youth matches? Then you need to complete a US Soccer Grassroots Referee Course.

Step One: Grassroots Referee Course

The Grassroots Referee Course has both an online and an instructor-led, in-person component. Online assignments are completed in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center before attending the in-person clinic.

In-person courses are listed in the Event Calendar. If you find one that you are interested in taking, click on the course and follow the instructions provided to create a Learning Center Profile and register. The cost is $62.50, and you pay online. Credit cards, debit cards, or pre-paid cards issued by VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

Online Assignments

After you have created a Profile and registered / paid for a course, you can enter its online CLASSROOM. There are 6 tasks you must complete under the ASSIGNMENTS tab. These must be completed before attending the in-person clinic:

  • Background Screening (Required for ages 18 and older)
  • SafeSport Training (90 minute module required for ages 18 and older)
  • Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments (30 minute presentation)
  • Online Grassroots Referee Course (4 hour module - go at your own pace)
  • 2022-23 Laws of the Game Update
  • First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz (Do this last)

IMPORTANT: As you complete each assignment, be sure to click on ‘Save and Confirm’. For the longer assignments, periodically save your progress every 15-20 minutes.

Upon completion of the 4 hour Online Grassroots Referee Course assignment, you will be issued a completion certificate downloadable from your Learning Center Profile.

Don't see a Grassroots Referee Course scheduled near you but you'd like to get started right away?

Then register for the 2022-23 Grassroots Pre-Course in the Learning Center, from which you will be able to complete the online assignments ahead of time.

  • After clicking the pre-course link (below), you will need to then search the database by "location" - enter "Iowa" and then the statewide list will be available.
  • Then, when a course is listed in your part of the state, simply request your registration be transferred to the in-person course of your choice by sending an e-Mail to All your completed assignments will be transferred to the Grassroots Referee Course that you want to attend and there is no transfer fee.
  • If you need additional help, consult the Learning Center User Guide. You can also eMail the IRC Help Desk,