Grassroots Referee
Minimum Age Requirement: 13 Years of Age

  • USSF Referee Registration Fee cost of $55 paid online: Register & pay by clicking here.
  • Take the Online Grassroots Referee Course through US Soccer’s Learning Center by clicking here.
  • Attend a Grassroots In Person Field Training. * The In Person training is not available at this time. Once fields are re-opened we will post additional training dates & locations. In the interim you can register as a provisionally approved referee by clicking here

If above items are met, you’ll receive your badge which is a provisional approval based on you completing the field training no later than December 15, 2020.

NOTE: Adults must also complete the State Requirements below.

  • SafeSport Training – This can be completed through the Learning Center here.
  • Fingerprint clearance needed – To complete this, you will need to download our live scan form which can be taken to any servicer. You can do a quick google search for “local live scan locations” and take your form to them. The cost will range anywhere from $15-$30. Keep your copy of the live scan form after the service is done until you have confirmation we have received your results. On average it takes from 1-14 days to receive results back from the Department of Justice. We will update your referee profile as soon as that clearance comes in.

Please click here for the live scan form.


You can start the registration process anytime during the year. It all depends on when you, as an individual will have the time to officiate. Understanding the registration period and the time frame that your certification is valid to is key.

2018 July 1, 2017 June 14, 2018* Date Approved Dec 31, 2018
2019 July 1, 2018 June 14, 2019* Date Approved Dec 31, 2019
2020 July 1, 2019 June 14, 2020* Date Approved Dec 31, 2020
2021 July 1, 2020 June 14, 2021* Date Approved Dec 31, 2021

* Registration Period Close is strict to allow Cal South enough time to process your registration with the US Soccer Federation.

Minimum age requirement is 13.

New referees can get paid as an individual or as a team that officiates the game. Pay range can be anywhere from $1.30 to $2.30 per each minute of the game (for club games). The whole crew can then divide that earning. You will have to make sure to ask what the pay scale is for any league or association you choose to work for.

For season league games, cash is usually paid before each game by the league representative (Coach/ Team Manager). Referee associations usually pay the official for sanctioned tournament games.

For Cal South Cup Tournaments cash is paid to the Referee team by Team Administrators from each team before the start of each game.

A new referee will most likely not start as a center unless they have previous experience and confidence. Referee associations and leagues usually want to start a new referee as Assistant referees before setting them up as a center referee.

Once you are certified and have received your ID and badge it’s time to look for work. Referees have two avenues from which to obtain games.

1.) Join a referee association. Each association offers you additional training and support. They will have a referee assignor who will ask about your availability to then send you out to games. For our list of referee associations please click here.
2.) Contact your local league to see if they have their own pool of referees. Ask about any requirements as some might ask you to volunteer a few games prior to beginning to get paid or offer certification payment  reimbursement.

To find local leagues click here.

If you lose your badge you can order a replacement at a $10 cost. That can be paid by check made out to Cal South. In the memo line please write “Badge Replacement for (referee’s name)”.

Every official needs to make sure to receive 5 hours of continual training in order to recertify the following year. Trainings are offered by referee associations who each hold monthly lectures/meetings.

For the Referee Associations list click here.

Common Questions/Concerns:
Uniforms: Official Sports Flyer. Please click here for the standards.
Advice to Parents of New Referees: Please click here for video
Advice to New Referees Documents: Please review this document