Become a Licensed Referee!


First-Time Referee Course: Course Listings posted at

Course Cost is $65.00 (if your over 18 years old then additional $30.00 for background check that is good for 2 years)

 Licenses issued now will be valid until December 31, 2024.


All referee certifications are done thru the US Soccer Learning Center. The First-Time Referee course is comprised of 6 online assignments PLUS mandatory attendance at the 2.5-hour field session training. The 6 online assignments are:


1.            Introduction to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments video -1 hr.

2.            SafeSport Training video (required if 18 years of age or older) - 1 hr.

3.            Background Screening (required if 18 years of age or older) Please allow 10-14 days for Background Screening to CLEAR.

4.            2024 Online Grassroots Referee Course Module - 4.5 hrs.

5.            2024 Laws of the Game Update - 1 hr.

6.            2024 First-time Grassroots Referee Quiz -45 mins.


To register for a course:


1.         Go to US Soccer's Learning Center at:

2.         If you have not set up a profile, you must click on SIGN UP, complete all information and submit.            

3.         Once your profile is set up, simply log in and click on COURSES at top of page, then click on AVAILABLE COURSES.

4.         Under License Pathway click on "Grassroots First-time Referees", then click on Course List on the right.

5.         All available Entry/First Time courses will be shown. 

6.         Click on COURSE DETAILS to register for online assignments.

7.         Once registered, click on "COURSES" at top, then MY COURSES, then GO TO CLASSROOM and click on the "ASSIGNMENTS" tab at top of page to complete online requirements.  Assignments will show in green and marked "satisfactory" when completed.  


Online assignments do not need to be completed before the field session training; however, they MUST be completed by posted deadline to receive license and badge.  If online assignments are not completed by posted deadline, registration will be cancelled.  There are NO transfers or refunds.


If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Office.


Thank you,


Jenny Miguel

Office Director, Illinois Soccer Referee Committee

Office: 847-690-9881 Cell: 224-409-6680