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Why Become A Referee

Schedule_IconFlexible Schedule: 
Determine your schedule around your availability.
Icon_-_Soccer_BallBe Part of the Game:
Continue to be part of the game you love.
Icon_-_life_skillsDevelop Life Skills: 
Discipline, leadership, organization, communication, professionalism and confidence.
Icon_-_challenge_opportunityChallenge Yourself: 
Being a Referee is rewarding. Opportunities to advance to higher level games and post season tournaments.
MoneyGet Paid: 
Earn good money to participate in a sport you love.
PlayerHealth & Fitness:
Great way to be active and improve your fitness.


Details on the U.S. Soccer Referee Pathway can be read here.  Per U.S. Soccer, new referees must be 13 years of age or older at the time of registration. 


Email Sue Walter for general questions about the Wisconsin Soccer Referee Program.


Referee_age_13Minimum Age RequirementThe national eligibility standard for a Grassroots course is that the minimum age is 13 years or older. 
us-soccer-main-300x276Entry Grassroots Online CourseLearn how to facilitate a fair, fun and safe game for the players by enforcing and applying the laws of the game.
SafeSport-900x500SafeSport Certification & Background ScreeningSafeSport Certification and background screening is required by federal law for those that are 18 years and older. Background screening is done through US Soccer. 
Recognize_to_recoverProviding a safe playing environmentThis training prepares referees to deal with player injuries and emergency situations. Mandated by US Soccer for all referees. 
US_Soccer_referee_logoFirst Time Grassroots QuizThis exam will be taken after completing the Grassroots Online Course. 
referee-flag-1646445-1396850Field Training This last step to becoming a referee is to attend a field training session where you will work with instructors on drills designed to prepare you for your first game as a referee.