Attention all soccer referees (and those wanting to get certified for the first time)! Below is the link to the NEW program that handles all soccer referee certifications. To begin, click the link below and create an account. Then sign up to take either the "Grassroots - First time referees" course or the "Grassroots - Recertifying Referees" course. Let us know if you have any questions. – Brian Wentz
***All recertifying referees need to be signed up by Jan 31 to avoid the late fee.
learning.ussoccer.com > Referee Program (bottom right) > My Courses > Available Courses > under "License pathway" >
--Returning Referees: Grassroots -- Recertifying Referees > Go to Course List > Course Details [under "2020 Grassroots Recertification Course]
--New Referees: Grassroots -- First-time Referees > Go to Course List
- Available courses in Lexington: February 22, March 7, and March 14, all 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lexington Christian Academy – Field #3, 450 W. Reynolds Road, Lexington, KY 40503
- Course details: On-field Experience – (Must attend entire course to earn credit.) All online coursework must be completed prior to attendance. The on-field experience involves jogging and running throughout the course. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring something to drink along with a whistle.
Please register for all classes in advance and allow a 10 day period for Background Checks, for those 18 years and older, to clear. Keep in mind that there is online course work that will take 2-4 hours to complete that must be done in advance. The day of the class is an on-field experience that lasts 4 hours and gives each referee practical training with the flag and a whistle to better prepare them to be a referee.
To learn how to create a profile on the US Soccer Learning Center, please view this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8XoD9T-GQM&feature=youtu.be
More general information can be viewed here: www.kyreferee.com/instruction-1
For any questions, please contact the State Referee Administrator, Chad Collins at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can contact Brian Wentz, MYSA's ref assignor, via messenger if you have any specific questions about the process. Please also let him know once you completed the course so he can assign you games in the spring for MYSA.
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Annually the Kentucky Soccer Referee Association (KSRA) offers nearly 100 courses throughout the commonwealth licensing referees to service our youth and adult programs. About half of these courses are entry level and the other half are re-certification. The instructors who teach these courses are certified and regularly trained by US Soccer's Referee Development Program and report to the KSRA Referee Committee.
In the Spring of 2013 the Kentucky Soccer Referee Association entered into an agreement with GameOfficials.net to provide a platform for online learning and the processing of all US Soccer Referee Registrations. Subsequently, almost all of the re-certification courses are now offered online. Moreover, it will host as our medium to register anyone desiring to attend any referee class offered in the Commonwealth. All payments will be made directly through the secure GameOfficials.net system. They will no longer accept payment in-person unless prior arrangements have been made with a member of the KSRA Referee Committee. We suggest purchasing and using a pre-paid VISA or Mastercard from a local grocery store if you are concerned about the security of online transactions.
We annually host entry level courses throughout the Commonwealth before the start of the Spring season (January-April) and before the Fall season (July & August). Re-certification courses are normally held between November and April. We also accept requests for courses outside of these timeframes as well as a special course for those in rural areas. Our standard course minimum is 15 people.
In an effort to retain as many referees as possible, U.S. Soccer has given states the levity to allow referees whose license has lapsed up to two calendar years to merely complete a recertification course and renew their license. After three but no more than four calendar years have lapsed, referees can attend a bridge course to renew their license. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding licensing. We do not want to lose you.
All courses require pre-registration at https://kyreferees.gameofficials.net
Many one-day courses require online pre-course work to be completed before attending.
Also, contact Head Referee Brian Wentz