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How to Become a USSF Grassroots Referee
Requirement – you must be 13 or older.
There is two part process that must be completed to become a licensed USSF Grassroots Referee.
Sign up for a Grassroots online course. You will pay the fee when you sign up.
Part 1 - Sign up for the Grassroots Online Lessons.
There are 21 modules in the online portion. All 21 modules must be completed in full. The online lessons take approximately 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours to complete in full.
Part 2 – Select an in-person clinic to attend.
Once you complete the entire online lessons, you’ll be able to select an in person clinic to go to. You will see the words – ONLINE LESSONS COMPLETED highlighted in green to know that you can select the in-person clinic you wish to attend.
The in-person clinic is 3.5 hours. This is the field session done outdoors.
Lots of important information is given to all attendees – who you will work for, how to get games, where to get uniforms, etc.
You must complete both parts in order to become a referee.
To Register for a Grassroots Clinic:
Log into – OMS
Click – Find Clinic
Select – Entry Never been a USSF Referee before
Select – Grassroots Referee Online Lessons
Start/finish the online lessons
Select the Grassroots In-person Training
Entry Grassroots Referee Field Session Clinic
Hosted by Midlothian Soccer Association
Midlothian Clinic – Saturday August 14 – 8am – 11:30am
You will need a yellow uniform shirt, black shorts (without any colored stripes), black referee socks, and black shoes.
Locally you can purchase these items from The Soccer Corner in Arlington. The address is 961 W. Interstate 20 OR Soccer City located at 3415 S. Cooper St., Arlington
Online you can purchase these items from:
Additional equipment is required. Partner with your Referee Assignor or the Referee Hut Website for additional equipment requirements.
Referees set their ability to work each week and games are assigned to them based on their availability to work, availability of games, experience, and seniority.
To set your availability, log into GameOfficials.net and select "My Availability" from the left navigational bar.
If you need help with GameOfficials, find the document "Nativigating GameOfficials" in the downloads below.
The Referee Code of Ethics and Conduct is established by the United States Soccer Federation and North Texas Soccer. We expect all referees working with MSA to committ to following these guidelines.
When you are assigned to a game, you will receive an email. You will need to log into the system and approve or deny the game.
Do not deny the game based on anything other than availability. You will NOT be assigned to another game during that time slot.
If you are consistently denying games during the times you told us you were available, you will move to the bottom of the list of referees being assigned.
Once you approve a game, if your schedule changes or you get sick, you will need to CALL us. This needs to be a RARE event. Make sure you put the game your approved on your calendar. We are counting on you to be there!
We expect you to be at the fields between 30 - 45 minutes prior to your first game each day. Once you arrive, check in with Referee Assignor or Mentor so (s)he knows you are there for your games.
The game time on your assignment is the time the game should START. Check-in must be done prior to that. You should be at your field a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the game start time.
You do NOT know everything you need to know about the rules of the game. Referees that have been doing it for years still question calls or game time decisions!
It is important that you read through the Laws of the Game often to keep learning.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) establishes and publishes the official "Laws of the Game". These laws cover the game from youth all the way to adults. You can find the most current Laws of the Game here.
While this Association establishes the overall rules of the game, it is important to remember that they structure them so local associations are able to modify the Laws as necessary for their needs. Most of our modifications can be viewed in our Quick Game Summary. Click on the picture for a larger version or scroll to the bottom to download your own copy.
We implementied the final set of changes to move to the US Youth Soccer small-sided games rules in the Fall of 2017. Because these rules are still fairly new, they might not be reflected in all education/training documents.
Here are a few rules from Law 12.
An indirect free kick is awarded if a goalkeeper, inside their penalty area, commits any of the following offences:
A goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball when:
A goalkeeper cannot be challenged by an opponent when in control of the ball with the hands.