Youth soccer referees play a pivotal role in shaping the early experiences of young athletes in recreational and competitive leagues. As a referee, your primary focus is to foster fair play, sportsmanship, and a fun environment. Your duties encompass field safety, gear checks, game supervision, fair play enforcement, injury reporting, and maintaining match decorum.

Passion, Learning, and Community

Discover the Positive Side of Officiating

Becoming a soccer referee offers valuable opportunities. It lets you stay connected to the game, learn its ins and outs, and develop life skills such as leadership, communication, and decision-making. As a referee, you contribute to fair play and sportsmanship on the field, all while staying active and gaining experience. Beyond the game, it’s a chance to support your community, guide young players, and be part of a close-knit referee community.


Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program is a non-profit organization affiliated with US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation. They train and assign referees for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA), and are dedicated to upholding the integrity of the game.

Become a Referee

Explore the process of becoming a USSF Referee, including course requirements and steps.

Upgrade & Maintenance

Advance beyond the grassroots level, discover pathways, and elevate your game assignments.

Sign Up for Tournaments

Don’t miss out on year-round referee opportunities with WYSA-sanctioned tournaments.

Referee Pathway

Explore the Referee progression in the United States, from Grassroots to Regional Referee. Choose between Referee and Assistant Referee tracks for a shot at National or higher grades. This journey is open to officials with the skill, dedication, and athleticism to reach the game’s highest levels. Visit the U.S. Soccer’s Learning Center to learn more.