Referee Information

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The Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program is the official organization tasked with training and assigning soccer referees to service the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association. We are affiliated with US Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer Federation.

Interested in Becoming a Referee?

Participants must be at least 13-years-old at the start of the clinic to be eligible to attend a New Grassroots Referee course. Individuals over the age of 18 will be required to complete the SafeSport certification and successfully pass a background check.

The New Grassroots Referee training course is a 16-hour course with half of the time spent online and the other half in the classroom. It is designed to provide entry level referee skills and information through classroom and field training for candidates. Emphasis is on preparing for Grassroots program participation – including recreational and competitive games. Field emphasis is on the practice of specific procedures.

There are costs associated with becoming a referee – you should budget for approximately $100-$125. Referees can quickly earn that back after officiating their first few games.

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