Youth Certification

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:

  1. Register and pay the required fee.
  2. Complete 8 hours of online training.
  3. Select and attend an 8-hour classroom session (known as a “clinic”).

At the SRC website, click the yellow “New Referee Info” button and follow the instructions.

Online registration and training for the summer youth soccer season are available during the winter and spring.  Clinics take place on weekends from mid-March to early May at a variety of locations around the state.

If you miss these opportunities, you can register and attend one of the limited number of clinics offered in late summer.

Once certified, you can officiate USSF-affiliated youth soccer matches anywhere in the United States.  The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and its member clubs organize thousands of games each year, including many in the communities that SCMSOA serves.

Concussion Training

Minnesota state law requires that all officials for youth athletic activities complete concussion awareness training at least once every three years.  This requirement applies to referees of all ages who officiate MYSA matches.

Background Checks

MYSA requires that all referees age 18 and older complete background checks each year prior to officiating affiliated games.  Officials can track their compliance with this requirement when they log in to the SRC website.