Become a US Soccer Referee in Eastern NY

Online Modules

Register and pay for the online ENY First Time Referee Course in the US Soccer Learning Center. This online course consists of the following modules:

  • U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (if 18 years or older)
  • SafeSport (if 18 years or older)
  • Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
  • Online First Time Referee Course Modules (there are 5)
  • 2024 Laws of the Game Update
  • 2024 First Time Referee Quiz


The online training course fee is $170. This covers:

  • US Soccer license fee
  • ENY fee
  • Complete referee uniform kit (bag, 2 shirts, socks, shorts, flags etc.)

Background Check

Note the background check for those over 18 yrs of age is $30. If an international background check is required the fee may be as high as $150.

Background checks are usually completed in 2 weeks or so. International background checks may take longer (up to a month). Keep an eye on your inbox (including your SPAM folder) for any outreach from NCSI (usually from an address like


The above requirements must be completed before attending a ZOOM session, including background checks.

To verify your requirements are complete, check the Assignments tab in the course registered for and you should see it be marked in green with the status “Satisfactory” near all requirements indicating completion (VIDEO).


Each ENY course has an associated ZOOM call during which additional information on how the referee program operates specific to ENY will be provided.

  1. Attend the First Time Referee ZOOM meeting
    • Note you will only be invited to the ZOOM meeting if you complete all requirements above (Online Modules & Background Check).
    • You will learn more about assignors and how to get game assignments here.
    • The link will be sent out exactly one day prior to the class.
  2. Attend an in-person Field Training Session.
    • These training sessions are held locally throughout Eastern New York. You can attend any field session. Information on how to register for a session will be provided in the ZOOM session.

Step by step instructions to complete are provided below.