GRASSROOTS REFEREE CERTIFICATION COURSES

Courses run August 1 - March 31

No courses after March 31 until August 1

Why are there no courses after March 31?

Two main reasons: (1) game experience, and (2) financial sense.


GAME EXPERIENCE
In Arizona, there are few games available for new referees to work after March. If courses were held past this date, new referees would not get to actually work a game until mid to late August, some 4-5 months later. We prefer new referees are able to start working games right away so they don’t forget everything they’ve learned.


FINANCIAL SENSE
Due to the US Soccer registration window, any referee that is certified prior to July 1 must pay their registration for the next year before December 31. If courses were held past March, essentially, this means a new referee would pay for Year 1 in April/May/June, then they would pay for Year 2 after July 1. This does not make financial sense, as a referee would basically pay for two years registration and not have worked a single game.


SCHEDULED FIELD COURSES

Courses generally sell out and additional spots cannot be added. If a course is listed here but not available to register for in our scheduling system, it is already full.