Becoming a New Referee Course Information

The RISRC uses a website hosted by US Soccer to register and administer all referee courses at all age and experience levels. The website is known as the US Soccer Learning Center (USSLC) and can be found at https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee. The New Referee Course for 2022 has not begun yet. Once it has the link will be posted here.

We STRONGLY SUGGEST that you do NOT use a school email address as your account – we have found in the past that many school systems prevent emails from anywhere outside that school system. Our suggestion would be to create an email account for yourself using Gmail or Hotmail or Cox or Verizon or whatever. Once you create the account, you’ll receive an email from USSLC to confirm that the address is valid and USSLC can successfully send emails to that account.

The next USSLC course will start taking registrations around mid-October, and registration will close on April 1 2022. As a prospective referee, you will have until MAY 1 2022 to finish all of the online modules in the course. The cost of the course is $70. NO ONE will be able to register for the course until they have turned 13 years old. Also if you are 18 years old or over, you will also have to submit to an online background check (for a cost of $30, good for two calendar years).

Once you are able to register for the course, you will find the following online modules under the [Assignments] Tab:
– Background Check (if 18 or older)
– SafeSport Training (if 18 or older)
– Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
– First Time Grassroots Online Module
– First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz (52 total questions, must get 25 correct)

Don’t worry too much about these right now – we just want to give you an idea what was required for the online portion of the course. In addition to the online materials, each student will also have to attend ONE or TWO in-person field sessions ( we are trying to determine if one 3-hour session or two 90-minute sessions makes more sense in the winter time ). Our goal will be to schedule multiple field sessions scattered around the state. The field sessions have NOT been scheduled yet. During the field session, you will learn the basics of flag signals, referee signals, how to use the whistle, basics about where to stand on the field (both as a referee and an assistant), offside, fouls, and so on. The last hour (or so) of the field session will involve a local U12 or U14 team doing game situation simulations, and you will take turns being referee / assistant to give you a “feel” for the job. When you come to a field session, expect to RUN so you’ll want to dress appropriately (t-shirt / sneakers / etc). You won’t need shinguards (if you already use them as a player) but you will want to bring your own flags and whistles.

Speaking of referee equipment (like shirts / flags / socks / whistles) – if you are looking for a place to buy referee equipment, we suggest the Official Sports website ( https://officialsports.com/ ). They are the recognized authorized provider of all referee equipment for US Soccer officials. You may also be able to buy equipment from local retailers such as DMK Sports in Smithfield (http://www.dmksports.com/).

We are also going to try to host one or two Zoom meetings (which will be open to the public) so that individuals can join and ask any questions they might have about certification, Learning Center, or whatever. Once these Zoom meetings have been scheduled, we will post the information.

If you need help with the US Soccer Learning Center, try this page: http://www.risrc.net/referees/new-referee-info/help-using-learning-center/

If you are under 13 OR you just want to work in Recreational games in your town, we recommend that you contact the local Referee Coordintoar for your town. The list of Referee Coordinators can be found at this link: http://www.risrc.net/assignments/local_coords/ You DO NOT need to be a certified referee in order to officiate Recreational games – we have found that this is a GREAT opportunity for people to get an understanding of the job in a fairly low pressure environment, and it’s great training for when you are ready to become certified (in order to do competitive games).