How To Become a Soccer Referee


There are two major steps to the certification process in Arizona.  

Step 1 is Online Training covering all of the Laws of the Game - In soccer, they aren't "rules," they are "laws."

Online Training

Step 1

Step 1.  Register for a course and Complete the Online Training. (See Below)

  • Course Fee is $85 and is due upon signing up for a course
  • Fee covers US Soccer Registration and a portion fees incurred by Arizona State Referee Administration
  • Course registration closes 3 days prior to the scheduled date
  • If online training is incomplete, the system will automatically remove you from the course
  • NOTE: WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER FULL REFUNDS IN CASE OF AN INCOMPLETE COURSE.  Payment can be applied to a future course if a schedule change is required.
  • To register for a course select "Never been a referee" from the drop down below
  • Then select "All"
  • Pick a course listed and select "Register"
  • After completing registration, log back in to OMS to complete the Online Training.

Step 2 is a 5-hour Field Training Session that will prepare you for your first few matches and reinforce what you learned in the Online Training

Field Training Session

Step 2

Step 2.  Attend the Field Training Session on the date you registered.

  • Dress appropriately for running on a soccer field
  • Bring your own whistle
  • Bring any other referee gear you may have:  flags, cards, coin
  • Bring plenty of hydration.  This is especially important for warm-weather courses!  Pack what you think you'll need, then double it.  Water may not be available at the field location
  • Bring light snacks that can be eaten quickly during short breaks.  There will be no lunch break.

Step 3.  You're a Referee!

  • You will receive your badge at the completion of the class
  • Once you receive your badge, you may begin refereeing games 
  • You will be assigned a USSF ID automatically when US Soccer processes your registration