If you are 13 years of age or older, you can become a certified referee in 2024!

If you are a returning referee, please head to for directions on how to re-certify.


If you are 13 years or older, you can become a USSF certified referee. In order to become a certified referee, all new referees need to complete the USSF Certification and all training requirements detailed below.

For 2024, after you have completed the online training requirements, there is an in-person classroom portion in order to complete your training.

Follow the steps below to become a certified referee in 2024:

  1. Email the AYSA Referee Coordinator, Darby Henderson, to be added to the potential referee list. You can also ask Darby any questions you have before beginning your training –
  2. Visit the Minnesota State Referee Committee website at Click on the Become a Referee tab at the top of the page. Watch the step by step video that walks you through how to complete your training requirements or click Here to be redirected to the video.
  3. Complete your online trainings (about 6-8 hours). You can leave and come back as needed to complete the training. 
  4. Complete in person training April 7th, noon-4pm, Location: Downtown Holiday Inn. In order to attend and receive credit you must complete all of the prerequisites set forth by the US Learning Center, paid your dues, watched all online materials and completed any certifications needed.) 
  5. Complete the final test.


2024 US Soccer Referee Recertification for all officials in Minnesota is now open.

All Minnesota officials will be required to complete the US Soccer Learning Center’s courses to remain eligible for assignment. This includes Intro to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments,  Grassroots Recertification Assignment, 2023 Laws of the Game Update, and the Grassroots Recertifying Referee Quiz. If you are 18 years or older, you will have to complete a SafeSport Training and the NSIC Background Check.

Please click Here to be redirected to the SRC’s step by step video on how to begin recertification today! 


AYSA has a brand new Junior Referee Program! This program is designed for kids under the age of 13 who wish to begin the process of becoming a certified referee in the future. The program consists of an online training session as well as an in-person training and, upon completion of this program, these junior referees will then begin their introduction to junior refereeing in games during AYSA’s Fall Rec League, which begins in August.

To learn more or answer any questions, please contact Darby Henderson at