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

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.

For a complete list of all Learning Center referee courses currently being offered, please FOLLOW THIS LINK (opens in a new tab).

For other questions, please contact Mark Oliver (

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 in-person field sessions ( there will be two chances – one outdoor in early November and the other indoor in December ). 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 ( ). 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 (

If you need help with the US Soccer Learning Center, try this page:

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 Coordinator for your town. The list of Referee Coordinators can be found at this link: 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).