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