A: NYS Labor Law mandates that the minimum age requirement is 14. Note that the participant must be 14 years old at the time of course registration.

If you want to try the course beforehand without paying, you can complete the Grassroots module (the bulk of the course) using the course below.
https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses/available/10000006/details/10007456

Note that this will not licence you to referee but it will credit your progress if you choose to register and pay for the full course later within the same registration year (July 1st-June 30th).