Looking to become a referee?
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For all other questions not answered in the FAQ, email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I become a referee?
1st register below (Read all sections below for cost and other important info)
2nd complete the online training on your own prior....
3rd and last, attend the Field Session at the California Soccer Park.
GRASSROOTS CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
AGE - 13 years and up*
ENROLLMENT - Registration
PREVIOUS GAME EXPERIENCE - Not needed
PREVIOUS CERTIFICATION EXPERIENCE - Not needed
TRAINING - Online and On-Field Experience
SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE - SafeSport trained**, Safe Soccer Training, Background Check
(required for 18 and up, optional for under 18)
LAWS OF THE GAME TEST - Online test
*U.S. Soccer requires that you must be a minimum of 13 years old to become a referee
**SafeSport is optional for anyone under the age of 18 looking to be certified. SafeSport focuses on sexual abuse prevention and contains GRAPHIC CONTENT. Parental Caution is advised for children under 18 looking to become certified referees.
REDDING GRASSROOTS ENTRY LEVEL COURSE
FIELD EXPERIENCE SESSION
DATE: July 22nd OR August 12th - 9am-12pm
All 4 assignments must be complete BEFORE you attend the field session, with the exception of anyone under the age of 18 the SAFESPORT is optional.
Field Session will start at 9am. Please arrive 15 min early to check in. Bring, water, running shoes, and athletic attire.
LOCATION: California Soccer Park, 9800 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003
COURSE PRICE: Grassroots Entry Level $75
BACKGROUND CHECK: $30
READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE PROCEEDING:
GRAPHIC CONTENT IN SAFESPORT COURSE - PLEASE BE ADVISED.
The CNRA (California North Referee Administration) only requires SafeSport training for anyone 18 or older to be completed in order to be a certified referee.
HOW TO REGISTER
STEP 1: SIGN UP IN THE LEARNING CENTER
Navigate to learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses
Select “Sign Up” in the upper right corner
Enter your information and create your account (or link to previous account if you've been certified before).
STEP 2: COMPLETE THE BACKGROUND CHECK (18+)
Along with the certification process outlined below, you will be prompted to complete a background check. This can take up to five days to process and MUST be completed before taking the course, so please complete this immediately upon sign up.
NOTE: These background checks will only need to be completed every other year. (Background checks from other organizations like CalNorth, US Club, etc. will not qualify.)
STEP 3: TAKE THE COURSE
Select “Courses” on the top navigation bar: The system will automatically load the Available Courses menu upon arrival.
In the menu on the left side of the screen, select Grassroots – First-Time Referees
Click “Go to Course List“
Select the date/location that works best for you (field session)
Complete the online training and test requirements
All Learning Center requirements must be completed at least 24 hours before the field session.
Attend the field session you selected
Your badge will be given to you upon completion of the field session.
Should you need any assistance with registration, email the CNRA Registrar.
LENGTH OF CERTIFICATION ONCE COMPLETE
All Entry Level Courses that end prior to June 29th will be registered for the current year. Students that successfully complete these courses will receive a Referee badge for the current year and can begin refereeing immediately. Referees are required to renew their license annually for the upcoming season.
Referees that complete their Entry Level Referee Course on or after July 1 will be registered for the next year and receive a Referee badge. These new referees will be able to referee the remaining season in addition to also being able to referee the next year before needing to renew their annual license.