Attention future referees! The Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program (WisRef) has announced courses for 2022 registration. Referee candidates who are first time referees, or previously registered referees who have had a lapse in registration may now register for certification in August. NOTE: U.S. Soccer Policy mandates a minimum age of 13 to start the certification – there are NO exceptions or waivers to this U.S. Soccer Policy.

The total cost of the course is $70; a background check, if 18 or older is an additional $30 (for a 2-yr period). New & lapsed Referee candidates who successfully complete all of the requirements in August will receive a full reimbursement of their registration fee and background check fee from WisRef & Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, plus a 10-piece referee uniform starter kit.

New Grassroots Referee Courses require a combination of independent learning and in person, virtual instruction. The independent learning starts in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, is followed by WisRef content, and finishes with a WisRef virtual session. Total instruction time is estimated at 16 hours, with the final four hours being the virtual session.

Dates and times for the virtual portion of the course are as follows:

Saturday, August 7 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                    Saturday, August 7 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, August 8 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                      Sunday, August 8 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, August 14 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                  Saturday, August 14 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, August 15 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                    Sunday, August 15 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Weekday courses and/or additional courses may be added based on demand.  If  the Referee candidate is <13, or the dates and times of the virtual portion conflicts with your schedule, additional courses will be offered from January through mid-April of next year.

To register to become a 2022 USSF Referee please follow the steps on the attached pdf.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the game, while learning and earning!

What do these two organizations ask in return? We ask that you commit to refereeing this fall, all of 2022 and registering again for 2023 minimum. We would hope that you continue in 2024 and beyond also.

In addition to the WisRef & WYSA reimbursement and uniform package, many clubs and districts also provide additional referee incentives, for a minimum number of games worked in a season.  Referees should contact the Assignor for more information on these programs.

2022 New Referee Course Email Announcement 2021-07-20

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