You must be at least 13 years old to become a youth soccer referee.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) certifies officials for youth soccer. The State Referee Committee (SRC) delivers USSF’s training program in Minnesota.
The certification process consists of three steps:
- Register and pay the required fee.
- Complete 9 hours of online training and 4 hours of classroom training.
- Pass an online test.
At the SRC website, click the yellow “New Referee Info” button and follow the instructions.
Once certified, you can officiate USSF-affiliated youth soccer matches anywhere in the United States.
Minnesota state law requires that all officials for youth athletic activities complete concussion awareness training at least once every three years. Concussion certification is included in the training provided by the SRC.
Background Checks and SafeSport Training
MYSA requires that all referees age 18 and older complete background checks each year prior to officiating affiliated games. You can track your compliance with this requirement when you log in to the SRC website.
Federal law requires that all adult officials for youth athletic activities complete SafeSport training regarding awareness, prevention, and reporting of child emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Once you have completed the certification requirements listed above, you can find a link to this training and track your compliance with the requirement when you log in to the SRC website.