Step 1: Create a Profile at the US Soccer Learning Center website
Go to the US Soccer Learning Center website(click here) where you can read about the pathway for referees directly from U.S. Soccer.
Click “Sign-up” at the top and fill out the form. Then, be sure to click “Sign up now” at the bottom to finish up. If it recognizes you from coaching or anything else, it may ask you to confirm your information. If so, say “Yes” and update it please!
Step 2: Sign-up for your Grassroots Online Course
To access the online course, please use the following link: (Link is specific to ENYSRA!)
Remember to Print your CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION to be presented at the In-Person Training. Users are required to complete the Online Grassroots Referee Course AND the In-Person Grassroots Referee Course in order to be licensed and registered with U.S. Soccer.
Step 3: Visit Game Officials to create your ENY Referee Profile
Go to Game Officials (click here), ENYSRA’s user website to create a profile and register for your in-person soccer referee courses.
Step 4: Register for your Grassroots In-Person Course
Register for a Grassroots In-Person Course via Game Officials. This course is on a field with an Eastern New York Certified Instructor where you will practice what you have learned in the Grassroots Online Course and gain new skills. Courses are held state-wide and you may choose any In-Person course that works for your schedule. Late arrivals or early departures may result in you not becoming certified, so check-in 30 minutes before your course starts. Dress in clothes and shoes that allow you to run. Bring a whistle, water and notetaking material. A liability waiver will be required of anyone taking an in-person course. Generally lunch will not be provided at your course; however a break will be taken while transitioning from the classroom to the field.
If you are 18 years old or above, you must complete SafeSport Training (click here) as this is a federal requirement for managing injuries. It is about 90 minutes in length but is free utilizing access code YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M. It is valid for 2 years. To access it, use the link in the Learning Center. If you have already completed Safe Sport training, log in to your account, click on the menu in the top left corner, “Update Account,” change tab to “Profile,” scroll down and ensure US Soccer is listed under Memberships. If not, just add it. If you are 18 years old or above, a background check will be performed as part of your In-Person Course registration process in Game Officials.
You will be asked to bring a copy of your Grassroots Online and Safesport Training Certificates along with a liability waiver to the in-person course. Without these items, you will not be allowed to participate in the in-person course. DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE
Step 5: Download the Laws of the Game to your device
Go to https://www.theifab.com/laws It is helpful to bring this device to your Course and keep it with you when you referee. Print copies are available for purchase, but nearly everyone uses a digital version or the IFAB APP now.