You must be at least 18 years old or a high school graduate to become a certified high school sports official.

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) coordinates eligibility for high school officials.

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The eligibility process consists of three steps:

  1. Register and pay the required fee.
  2. Complete the required training.
  3. Pass an online test.

Registration for high school officials is open during the summer.  Training and testing take place in August.  Create an account at the ArbiterSports website.  Log in and follow the instructions.  For help, contact

Once certified, you can officiate 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.

Reciprocity officials cannot receive postseason assignments in Minnesota.  If you want to officiate section playoff and/or state tournament matches, you must register directly with MSHSL and meet the League’s eligibility and minimum games requirements.

Concussion Training

Minnesota state law requires that all officials for school-sponsored sports complete concussion awareness training at least once every three years.  You can find a link to this training and track your compliance with the requirement when you log in to the ArbiterSports website.

Background Checks

The Minnesota State High School League conducts periodic background checks of registered officials.  You can track your compliance with this requirement when you log in to the ArbiterSports website.

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