Upgrade process

Licenses for 2023

Grassroots Referees

From July 2019: Grades 9,8, 7 - Are merged into one license designated as Grassroots Referees. Officials at this level are licensed to pursue and work matches at any amateur level from U9 - adult leagues. Assignors are to use their discretion and referees are encouraged to be ambitious, but realistic about progression to older players or more advanced leagues. Work with mentors, referee coaches, and District Representatives of the State Referee Committee to design a plan that matches your abilities and interests with the matches in your area to continue the best experience possible for you as a referee.

Advancing - Wherever possible, watch matches. Broadcast matches, live matches when possible, but watch games and learn from other referees. Search out local games of higher levels and go see them. Add parts to your game or learn what things might not work so well. Continue conversations with your local District Representatives of the State Referee Committee about your progress and when it's time for you to consider a formal upgrade to a Regional License.

To Upgrade from Grassroots Referee to Regional Referee

Full details for upgrades and all referee licenses can be found in the Digital Learning Center:

Across the main menu bar select INFO and the slect RESOURCES for Regional Referee Profile

New information updated March 8, 2022

Along with meeting the annual in-service hours, there are additional requirements that must be met:

  • Age: Regional Referees must be at least 18 years of age

  • Previous certification: You must have a minimum of three consecutive years of experience as a Grassroots Referee

  • Game experience: 25 games as a Referee and 15 as an Assistant Referee in local adult amateur level

  • You must have a passing score on the Regional Referee quiz (within US Soccer's Digital Learning Center on in person at a clinic for such purpose administered by the SRC)

  • You must complete the Regional Referee Course (within the DLC) and on-field experience (conducted by local State Referee Committee)

  • You must pass the USSF Physical Fitness Test for Regional Referee

  • Practical evaluations: A minimum of three (3) passing evaluations as a referee. Two (2) at adult amateur level and one (1) at highest youth level (U18 or19) Evaluations must be done by 3 different referee coaches.

Based on the updated requirements for Regional Referee Licensing, the State Referee Committee suggests referees to declare their intention to upgrade as early as possible in the registration year which begins on July 1 each year. Although the State Referee Committee no longer enforces a deadline on the Letter of Intent to upgrade, earlier receipt of the letter allows the SRC to aid referees as much as possible. While exceptions are possible, the SRC strongly suggests that referees consider waiting until the next registration cycle for referees who have not begun the upgrade process before April of any registration year.

Contact the State Referee Administrator for assistance.

To Upgrade from Regional Referee to National Referee

This process is by US Soccer's invitation only. If you hold a Regional License and wish to be considered, your conversations should begin with the State Referee Administrator. For general purposes, requirements for a National License can be found at US Soccer's Referee Program website.