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How To Become A Referee

Become A Referee 

Becoming a referee takes just a few steps - Register for a training class, complete the online coursework, attend the classroom session, buy a uniform, and work your first game.

Becoming a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) new referee, you must complete the required online coursework, pass the online Grassroots new referee training test by scoring a minimum of 75%, as well as attend a 3-hour in-person course for the practical training session.

The candidate is then registered as a Grassroot Referee and given their USSF badge. The online and classroom training is scheduled by leagues, clubs, and other groups that wish to increase the pool of referees in their area.

To find out when and where the next referee training courses are being held, review the list of First-Year Entry Level Training Classes. Select the training class that fits your schedule, register, and you are on your way!

We highly recommend that you review your schedule (Soccer practice time, soccer game schedule, school events/activities, your social engagements, family activities/vacations, holiday schedule, etc.) before signing up. It will be challenging, and you may not be able to, change the date or location of your registration without additional costs.

Each class has a person that you can contact if you encounter any challenges or if you have questions that you need to be answered.  You can also contact the District Referee Administrator (DRA) in your area.

We generally schedule 40-50 training classes throughout the state of Indiana.  The new referee training/classes are scheduled between September and March and not during the playing season.

If you are a club/team/administrator and you are interested in hosting a clinic with your club or group, please contact


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