High School Certification

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) certifies high school soccer officials.

The certification process includes three steps:

  1. Register with the League and pay the required fee ($15 for officials who are new to MSHSL).
  2. Complete two hours of online training.
  3. Pass an online test.

In addition to the annual requirements listed above, you must attend a 3-hour classroom session once every three years.

The League uses one website (mshsl.org) to share general information and another (arbiteraports.com) to manage registration, training, and testing.  At the registration site, create an account and log in.  Follow the instructions to register and pay the fee.  For help, contact officials@mshsl.org.

After you register, MSHSL staff will contact you with further instructions.  Training and testing will take place in August.

Once certified, you can officiate MSHSL-affiliated high school varsity and subvarsity matches anywhere in Minnesota.

Reciprocity with Other States

Some Midwestern states offer reciprocal registration.  If you register in one of these states and want to officiate in Minnesota, you can request reciprocity through your primary state association.  For instructions and a list of participating states, see “Reciprocity” in the MSHSL Manual for Athletic Officials.

Note, however, that only officials who register directly with the Minnesota State High School League, complete all MSHSL certification requirements, and meet the League’s minimum games requirement are eligible to receive postseason section and state tournament assignments in Minnesota.

Concussion Training

Minnesota state law requires that all officials for school-sponsored sports complete concussion awareness training at least once every three years.  Officials who register with the Minnesota State High School League will be able to find the training and track their compliance with this requirement online in August 2019.

Background Checks

The Minnesota State High School League conducts periodic background checks of registered officials, who will be able to track this activity online in August 2019.