The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) certifies high school soccer officials.
The certification process includes three steps:
- Register with MSHSL and pay the required fee.
- Complete two hours of online training.
- Pass a written test.
At the MSHSL website, click the “Officials/Judges” link, then the “Become an Official” link. Enter your name and contact information in the form. Select “SOCCER” and “Varsity Officiating” from the drop-down menus. MSHSL staff will contact you with further information.
In addition to the annual requirements listed above, you must attend a 3-hour classroom session once every three years.
MSHSL’s online and classroom training takes 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.
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 can find the training and track their compliance with this requirement when they log in to the MSHSL website.
The Minnesota State High School League conducts periodic background checks of registered officials, who can track this activity when they log in to the MSHSL website..