Grassroots Referee Courses

Want to become a Referee?

The Grassroots Referee course consists of an online portion through the US Soccer Learning Center (LC) plus an In-Person portion offered by Maryland. The In-Person class is typically held on a weekend day. Students are required to complete all portions of the course in order to become a referee.

In order to register for a course, click on the “Register For A Grassroots Referee Course” button and register for the course most convenient for you.  The cost to become a US Soccer Grassroots Referee is $60.00. You will be walked through the registration process. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Register for the Grassroots Course through Officials Management System (OMS).
  2. Complete all 4 online lessons:
    1. Lesson 1 will direct you to the US Soccer Learning Center, where you will begin the online portion of the Grassroots Referee requirements. Once you complete the entire online session (approx. 4.5 hours), you will receive a congratulatory email from US Soccer and will be instructed to attend an In-Person session within your state.
    2. Lesson 2 is entitled “Providing a Healthy and Safe Playing Environment” and will take approximately 30 minutes. This is mandated by US Soccer.
    3. Lesson 3 consists of a 25 question quiz pertaining to the Grassroots Referee program.
    4. Lessons 4 is SafeSport training. This is a mandatory session that must be successfully completed by everyone 18 years and older.

Space is limited and when a course is full, registration ends.  Registration for courses is cut off 72 hours prior to the first day or when all of the seats are filled, whichever comes first. “Walk-ins” are not accepted.

New Grassroots Referee Courses

If you register to take the Grassroots Referee course, you must complete the online portion of the training prior to attending an In-Person class. These sessions will take approximately 4-5 hours to complete, so allow yourself sufficient time. You do not have to do the entire online portion all at one time. You can exit the course and resume until you have completed it. If you do not complete all sessions prior to the In-Person course, you will be removed from that course and will offered the opportunity to attend a different one.

Maryland Referee Committee Refund Policy

In order to obtain a refund after registering for an in-person course in Maryland, you will need to send an email request to the State Director of Instruction ( and the State Referee Administrator ( A $5.00 administration fee will automatically be deducted from the amount refunded. If a refund is requested prior to taking the in-person course, the full amount paid minus the $5.00 administration fee will be refunded. If a refund is requested after attending part or all of the in-person course, only the $40.00 US Soccer registration fee will be refunded. The course fee ($15.00 + $5.00 admin fee) will not be refunded.

All questions or concerns should be directed to the State Referee Administrator.

Important Notice:

Effective July 1, 2019, US Soccer has instituted new Terms of Use, Course Policies, and Waiver forms. Prior to beginning the new Grassroots Referee online course, US Soccer will require you to confirm that you have read and understand all 3 forms and agree to their terms.

It is extremely important that you read and completely understand this information prior to agreeing to them. Here are links that will allow you to read them in full:

US Soccer Terms of Use
US Soccer Course Policies
US Soccer Waiver

Any questions concerning these should be addressed directly to US Soccer.

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