You must be at least 13 years old to become a certified youth soccer referee.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) certifies officials for youth, adult amateur, and professional soccer. The State Referee Committee (SRC) delivers USSF’s referee program in Minnesota.
The certification process consists of three steps:
- Register and pay the required fees.
- 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 matches anywhere in the United States. Annual recertification requirements are similar except that you only need to complete 5 hours of online training.
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
The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association requires that all referees age 18 and older complete background checks each year prior to officiating MYSA-affiliated matches. 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, which deals with awareness, prevention, and reporting of child emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. You can track your compliance with this requirement when you log in to the SRC website.