Become a USSF Grassroots Referee


  • Must be 13 years of age before September 1 of the current soccer year to referee in the fall, or March 1 of the current soccer year to referee in the spring.
  • Attend a referee clinic and pass a referee test.

Part 1 - Sign up for the Grassroots Online Lessons.

There are 8 modules in the online portion. All 8 modules must be completed in full before you can select an in-person clinic.

Part 2 - Select an in-person clinic to attend.

Once you complete the entire online lessons, you'll be able to select an in person clinic to go to. You will see the words - ONLINE LESSONS COMPLETED highlighted in green to know that you can select the in-person clinic you wish to attend.

The in-person clinic is 3.5 hours. This is the field session done outdoors.

At this time, there are only a few in-person clinics listed. By the end of August, over 40 options will be posted. Many will be take place between July 30 and August 30.

If you do not see a clinic in your area, not to worry. ALL THE MAJOR DFW areas will have a clinic – Arlington, FT Worth, Keller, Grapevine, Southlake, Cleburne, Mansfield, Trophy Club, Frisco, Allen, Plano and many other areas.

The key is to get all of your ONLINE work completed so that when a clinic in your area is posted, all you have to do is add yourself to the roster.

Lots of important information is given to all attendees at the in-person clinics - who you will work for, how to get games, where to get uniforms, etc.

You must complete both parts in order to become a referee.

To Register for a Grassroots Clinic:

  1. Log into - OMS
  2. Click - Find Clinic Select - Entry Never been a USSF Referee before
  3. Select - Grassroots Referee Online Lessons
  4. Register/Pay – cost is $80.00
  5. Start/finish the online lessons
  6. Select the Grassroots In-person Training

If you are a referee and you want to Referee for BESA:

  • Upon completion of a clinic, or if you are a referee that would like to officiate BESA games:
  • Please email Mark Strenger - Director of Officials, through the Contact page asking for a Group number and Access Code for, which is our assigning website. Once your account is set up in you will be able to request games for assignment.

To whom do I provide feedback about the officiating at a BESA Game?
All referee feedback should be submitted by the coach using a Referee Evaluation Form.

Referee Recertification


Log into to complete your online registration.

Please refer to the Recertification Help Document that explains step-by-step instructions how to go through the entire process.

Once you access the online lessons, it is very important to follow the introduction module. It provides explicit details how to complete safety certifications in the US Soccer Learning Center.

Please note: Regular 2023 Recertification is open from August 14, 2022 – December 16, 2022. No registration will be available from December 17, 2022-January 2, 2023. Late registration will begin January 3, 2023 and go to June 15, 2023 with a $10 late fee.

If you should have any questions after reviewing the help document and the online introduction module, please email Javier Perdomo at

Referee Documents & Forms

The following links provide important information for BESA referees such as expectations, requesting games, and reports.

Click any link to download the document.