WisRef 2024 “NEW” Referee Course Instructions
NEW Referee courses are being offered by the Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program (WisRef)
for a 2024 USSF Referee license expiring 12/31/2024. The successful Referee candidate will have the
opportunity to officiate games for the fall of 2023 and all of the 2024 calendar year soccer seasons.
This course is for new, first time Referees that have not been previously registered as a Referee OR a
previously registered Referee who has had a lapse in registration (2021 or prior lapse). Minimum age per
US Soccer policy is 13 years old at the time of registering for the course.
WisRef & the WYSA have partnered in order to encourage players, parents, coaches and others to
become a NEW Referee. WYSA is providing reimbursement of registration, course and background check
fees for NEW or Lapsed Registration Referees (2021 or prior lapse) who successfully complete the
requirements to become a US Soccer Referee for the 2024 registration period.
Check the NEW Referee course details in the US Soccer Learning Center for the dates/locations where
the In-Person on-field Sessions will be held.
WisRef utilizes 2 platforms. Registration and learning are within the US Soccer Learning Center. Game
assignments, after completing all requirements, will be in the WisRef Assigning platform. Steps, to be
completed fully and in order:
- Create a Referee profile in the US Soccer Learning Center: https://learning.ussoccer.com/. This profile
or account is for the Referee, not the parent. Full name & mailing address is required; the name, address
& primary email should be exactly the same as will be input into the WisRef Assigning platform. Please
note that school email addresses are sometimes problematic, so should be avoided.
If you are 18 or older, you will be prompted to pay for and complete a 2-year background check and
complete the SafeSport module. If you turn 18 during the course process or during a registration period,
you will be required to complete the background check and SafeSport in order to continue refereeing
during the seasons.
- After you create your account, pay the $70 US Soccer 2024 registration fee and WisRef course fee.
Register in the following 2024 NEW Referee Course:
- This is a 12 Hour Course
8 hours online US Soccer Learning Center course work (on your own)
Creation of a WisRef Assigning Platform account
4 hours WisRef In-Person on-field Session (with Instructors)
To Register as a 2024 US Soccer Referee
- Complete all the required assignments in the US Soccer Learning Center. Remember to log out if you
take a break from the training and continually save your progress. Chromebooks are not always
compatible, may not load, save, or display properly, henceforth, Chromebooks are not recommended.
- Set up a game assignments account in the WisRef GameOfficials Assigning platform:
This account is for the Referee, not the parent. Full name & mailing address is required; the name,
address & primary email should be exactly the same as was input into the Learning Center. Please make
sure to save and double check to see that all information is listed, including full mailing address and a
phone number. Please note that school email addresses are sometimes problematic, so should be
avoided. There will not be any course work completed in the Assigning platform. It is only for game
assignments once you have been registered as a Referee.
- After completing steps 1 through 4, notify [email protected] to choose a date/time to attend a WisRef
In-Person on-field Session. You will be able to pick a Session date and time from the list in her email
reply. Session dates/times are also listed in the course details when you register.
- The In-Person on-field Session time is 4 hours. Referee candidates are required to be actively present
and participate for the entire session. These Sessions meet US Soccer requirements and failure to be
present for the entire Session will result in full attendance not being granted and your certification will
not be processed.
- Signing up for the In-Person on-field Session will be available after you complete the required Learning
Center assignments and have created your WisRef Assigning platform account – steps 1 through 4 above.
You cannot reserve a spot for the In-Person on-field Session until you complete these steps.
- If an In-Person on-field session is near capacity, there are no guarantees that slots will be available by the time
you finish steps 1 through 4. We strongly encourage Referee candidates to compete their assignments in
the Learning Center well in advance of the In-Person on-field Session they wish to attend. We reserve
the right to cancel any scheduled In-Person on-field Session for low attendance numbers. Referee
Candidates will then be able to choose another date/time to attend.
- The deadline for choosing the In-Person on-field Session is 48 hours before the start of the Session.
WisRef requires course rosters to be set by this deadline. Please be diligent in completing the
coursework and above steps if you desire a Session for a particular date and time.
6. Attend the selected In-Person on-field Session. The on-field Session will start in the classroom and may
move outdoors (weather permitting) or will be held at an indoor field or gym for training so please dress
accordingly. The In-Person on-field Sessions are interactive, and require active participation from all
7. Once you pass all the requirements, you will be certified by the WI State Referee Administrator as a
2024 USSF Referee. Your 2024 Referee badge will be mailed to you and you will be enabled in the WisRef
Assigning platform for game assignments. Take this opportunity to make sure your mailing address is
correct and consistent in both the US Soccer Learning Center and the WisRef Assigning platform. You will
only receive one 2024 badge, which will be used for the fall 2023 season and all of 2024, so please keep
it in a safe place.