2023 Grassroots Recertification Instructions
2023 Grassroots Referee Recertification courses are now available in the US Soccer Learning center. Here is the link:
You may register for this course if you were registered in either 2021 or 2022.
All of the course content is in the Learning Center for this registration period. There is no content in GameOfficials, and there is no in-person or virtual component required for 2023.
Once registered, 2023 Recertifying Referees may choose to attend the last 2 hours of any In-person Field Session for additional training. (see list under 2023 Grassroots New Referee Course).
All Referees ≥18, or when you turn 18 are required to maintain a current status in the Learning Center for your background check & SafeSport. All Referees will need to keep a current status in their Safe & Healthy Playing Environments (Courses/Available Courses/ Supplemental Courses/Intro to Safety).
Instead of an in-person or virtual component for 2023, we would like to remind you of the WisRef Points of Emphasis for each of the last several years:
2020 – What You Allow, You Encourage, along with Pay It Forward.
In effect, deal with the problem, or it gets worse, and take appropriate action, so that problem does not make a less experienced referee quit.
2021 – Incident Reports – Completing Them Properly.
WisRef and the WYSA have noticed a higher quality of information in Incident Reports, which allows the WYSA to more quickly, and more importantly, appropriately sanctions for offenses. Good Incident Reports will have the when-who (did what to whom)-what-where-how-and how the game was restarted, all factually based.
2022 & 2023 Points of Emphasis – Dealing with behavior of coaches and referee interaction.
Every time a coach stands and voices an opinion may not rise to a warning, caution or send off. It depends on how they do it, how often they do it, exact wording they use.
Shortly after you have completed the requirements in the Learning Center, your 2023 badge will be sent to you, and you will be enabled in GameOfficials for 2023 assignments. The sooner you complete the Learning Center assignments, the sooner you will receive your badge.
Thanks and good luck!