FAQ

QUESTIONS ABOUT GRASSROOTS COURSES

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How much does it cost to become a referee?

Referee registration is $85. All referees must pay this amount each year they wish to referee.

How much will I get paid to be a referee?

Pay varies based on a number of factors, but referees will typically earn between $10 and $50 per game.

How many games will I work in a day?

This is up to you, the referee. Referes are not employees, which means they can work (or not work) as they choose. Many referees work between 3-5 games per day.

How long is my certification good for?

Until December 31 of each year, except new referees who were certified after July 1 are certified through December 31 of the following year (18 months).

When do I have to recertify?

Referees must recertify every year in order to contine refereeing games past December 31. Recertification for the upcoming year opens on July 1 of the current year, and the cost is $85 annually.

How do I get a new badge?

Registrants who have completed their registration for the current year can purchase a replacement badge or order additional badges online only. Note that a maximum of two badges can be ordered per year per USSF ID Number.

Click Here to Order a New Badge

How do I get my USSF ID Number?

If you just completed a new referee course, your USSF ID will be automatically assigned when your registration process is completed. To find your USSF ID, log in to your OMS referee registration account HERE. Your ID is displayed in the Member Information box.

How do I get my USSF ID card?

US Soccer no longer mails paper ID cards, and you do not need one. If a situation arises where you are asked for your ID card, please contact us or your assignor.

I am having trouble with the Online Training to become a referee. Please help!

Detailed instructions can be found HERE.

Instructions are also contained in Lesson 1 of the modules in OMS (where you paid for the Field Course). Please follow all instructions explicitly!! Failure to do so will result in you getting "lost" in the US Soccer Learning Center navigation.

When I get to the US Soccer Learning Center, it says there are no courses for Arizona. Help!

When you arrive at the US Soccer Learning Center from the link provided, DO NOT use the menu to navigate the site. The landing page is the ONLY place you can access the proper course. Also, DO NOT pay attention to the wording of the course title. The course is titled "Arizona - Online Course (Hidden)"

I do not understand the process of the Online Training for Grassroots referees. Please help!

There are two systems where referees must complete online training. (1) OMS Referee Registration system - where you paid for your Field Course. This system contains 4 online modules that must be completed. (2) US Soccer Learning Center. This system contains the training on the Laws of the Game and other referee training.

How do I transfer to a different Field Course?

Log in to your OMS Referee Registration account. Click on the Transfer/Cancel link. This must be done at least 3 days prior to the course date. If it is past this date, please contact us.

I have uploaded my SafeSport completion certificate, but the system will not let me move forward.

Make sure you have also answered the question that asks if you were able to upload your certificate. This is the only way the system will mark that module as "Completed" and allow you to move forward.

When will I get my new badge?

If you did not receive one at the Field Course due to incomplete online training, your badge will be mailed to you. First you must complete the online training. Next your registration record must be sent to US Soccer, which is done every Monday. By Tuesday or Wednesday of that week, your badge will be put in the mail and sent to you. You should receive it within a few days from that.