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New Referees

May I arrive late or leave early for a clinic?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! It is disruptive to the class and unfair to those who are there for the entire clinic.

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Is there a minimum age to become a referee?

The USSF has defined 13 years old as the minimum age requirement. 

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Why aren’t there any referee courses listed? When can I take a course?

**Courses are now listed in the US Soccer Learning Center.

REFEREE COURSE TIMING
Our New Referee and our Referee Recertification courses are mostly from November through April – the “off season” for outdoor soccer. We also may have a few late summer New Referee courses, in July or August. These courses are typically not added until mid-June to July, as we are in the middle of the outdoor season April through June.

NEW REFEREE
A Referee Candidate must attend a New Referee course, and a Referee who has a multi-year registration lapse must also attend a New Referee course.

GRADE 8/9 RECERTIFICATION
All Referees must attend an annual Recertification course.

ADVANCED RECERTIFICATION
The Advanced Recertification courses are typically held in July or August, and are intended for Level 7, 6 & 5 Referees. Additionally, those Level 8 Referees who are intending to move up the ranks are also encouraged to attend an Advanced Recertification.

STATE REFEREE UPGRADE
The State Referee Upgrade clinics are typically held in July or August, and are typically held every two years – as needed. These clinics are intended for those Level 7 Referees who are intending to move to the State Referee level.

 

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Recertification

I failed to attend a recertification clinic for this year, can I still referee?

Recertification clinics are conducted from November through April for the next registration year. Wisconsin typically conducts a minimum of 60+ recertification clinics throughout the state during this time frame. If you missed out on 60+ clinics throughout six months, then you have failed to meet the annual certification requirements set forth by the United States Soccer Federation and are not permitted to referee. You can then attend an entry level clinic and referee as soon as you successfully complete it.  You must be registered for the current year, with a current year badge, in order to referee.

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Do I have to take a physical fitness test to renew my certification?

Grade 9 & 8 referees are not required to complete a physical fitness test. Grade 5, 6, & 7 referees are required to pass an annual fitness test conducted with Wisconsin. Grade 4 & 3 referees complete their fitness test at an Referee Training Seminar conducted by USSF. Grade 2 & 1 referees complete their fitness test according to FIFA requirements.

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Why aren’t there any referee courses listed? When can I take a course?

**Courses are now listed in the US Soccer Learning Center.

REFEREE COURSE TIMING
Our New Referee and our Referee Recertification courses are mostly from November through April – the “off season” for outdoor soccer. We also may have a few late summer New Referee courses, in July or August. These courses are typically not added until mid-June to July, as we are in the middle of the outdoor season April through June.

NEW REFEREE
A Referee Candidate must attend a New Referee course, and a Referee who has a multi-year registration lapse must also attend a New Referee course.

GRADE 8/9 RECERTIFICATION
All Referees must attend an annual Recertification course.

ADVANCED RECERTIFICATION
The Advanced Recertification courses are typically held in July or August, and are intended for Level 7, 6 & 5 Referees. Additionally, those Level 8 Referees who are intending to move up the ranks are also encouraged to attend an Advanced Recertification.

STATE REFEREE UPGRADE
The State Referee Upgrade clinics are typically held in July or August, and are typically held every two years – as needed. These clinics are intended for those Level 7 Referees who are intending to move to the State Referee level.

 

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Registration

What is the 16-digit ID number that appears on my USSF registration form?

The 16-digit ID number is a number that is automatically assigned to every referee by the U.S. Federation referee department. This number replaces the use of your social security number for identification purposes only. It may be used by assignment software application.

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When will I receive my new referee badge?

WisRef mails out badges upon successful completion of your requirements. You can expect them 2-3 weeks after everything is processed.

 

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Administration

Assignments

How are referee assignments made?

Referee assignments are handled locally by registered assignors, contracted by clubs/leagues. All registered assignors in Wisconsin are required to use the online system through WisRef.GameOfficials.net for assignment purposes. It is possible that you’ll receive emails from assignors in other areas of the state, particularly those assignors recruiting referees to work tournaments.

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