1. Create a Profile through the U.S. Soccer Referee Learning Center (LC).
· The unique account identifier is an email address. Parents may not use their lone email address to register multiple referees. Each referee needs their own email address. Parents may add a secondary email address to each account.
· A known issue while creating an account in the LC is a browser timeout. If this occurs, the U.S. Soccer recommended steps are to clear your browser history, cache and cookies, close your browser and try again. If this doesn't solve the issue, try a different browser and/or device to create your account.
2. Complete the US Soccer NCSI Background Check (if 18 years of age or older)
· Available inside the Learning Center
o Click Courses, Available Courses and then Background Screening under Supplemental Courses on the left
· Valid for two years per check
· Mandatory for all referees 18 years of age or older
3. Register for an In-Person Grassroots Entry Course through the U.S. Soccer Referee Learning Center.
Register for a Grassroots Entry In-Person course in the Learning Center, and then attend the four (4) hour In-Person course. ($90 registration fee)
· Complete 100% of all assignments in the assignments tab before attending the In-Person Course
o Grassroots Online Course
o 2020 Intro to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments
o 2020 Grassroots Referee Certification Quiz
o SafeSport Training (if 18 years of age or older)
· Here is a list of Available Grassroots In-Person Entry Courses, or:
o In the LC, click Courses, Available Courses and then Grassroots First-Time Referees.
§ Use the Location drop down and select Georgia to find a course near you.
o Scroll to the bottom and go to the next page to see the earliest available courses.
· New courses are continuously being added as local leagues and clubs request to host courses in their area.
· The In-Person Course is a four (4) hour course. The course is entirely outside and consists of field training sessions and group discussion.
4. Safe Sport Training (mandatory if 18 years of age or older)
· Click Courses - Available Courses - SafeSport
· Safe Sport is Federal Law passed by the United States Congress and is mandatory for anyone 18 years of age or older. You can read more about it here.
5. Download the IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG).
· The LOTG are available as an app on both Android and iOS.
o Download on your devices and bring with you to class and to your games.
Email Anne Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) for general questions about the Georgia Soccer Referee Program.
Email US Soccer (email@example.com) for general questions about the Learning Center, issues creating your account, background checks, etc.