To become certified in the state of Ohio, there are 2 classes that need to be completed. The first one is an online course, that should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. The second one is an in-person class, which is another 3 or 4 hours.
The online module is for new, first time referees that have not been previously certified or registered. If you've already been certified, then you just need to complete an annual refresher and rules change course to maintain your certification.
Grassroots referees can officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth and amateur adult matches.
In order to certify as a First Time Grassroots Referee, you must meet the following national eligibility standards:
Please be advised some states may have a different age limitation. Please reach out to your state referee committee if you have any questions:
First Time Grassroots Referees completing registration through the Learning Center must complete the following requirements.
- Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
- SafeSport (if 18 years or older)
- Online Grassroots Referee Course Module
- First Time Grassroots Referee Quiz
- U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (if 18 years or older)
If your state is not utilizing the Learning Center for registration this background check may not apply to you.
- Attend an in-person session hosted by their respective State Referee Committee
Please note some states may have additional requirements. If you are not certain about your state’s requirements please contact your state referee committee:
Once enrolled in a course, please contact your course instructor with any additional questions.