Grassroots Referee Courses

COVID-19 Update (9/4/2020)

All Grassroots Referee courses in Maryland have been suspended for the remainder of 2020.  

We are thrilled that you are interested in joining the soccer referee community and are closely monitoring health protocols. We will reinstate new referee training as soon as it becomes safe to do so.

Please join our Grassroots contact list for updates and notifications about referee classes. If you want to be contacted when new referee classes are scheduled,  

Please fill out the contact form by clicking here


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 $80.00. 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.

Refund Policy

Click here to view the Maryland Refund Policy for Grassroots Referee Courses.


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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