If you are 13 years of age or older, you can become a certified referee in 2022!

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 2022, after you have completed the online training requirements, there is an in-person portion in order to complete your training.

Follow the steps below to become a certified referee in 2022:

  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. Create an account with the Minnesota State Referee Committee at Click on the yellow New Referee Info button. This will give you all the steps you need to complete your training requirements. 
  3. Complete your online trainings (about 12-14 hours). You can leave and come back as needed to complete the training. 
  4. Complete in person training. Date/Location: April 24th in Duluth, Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth (In order to attend and receive credit you must complete all of the prerequisits set forth by the MNSRC (Paid your dues, watched all online materials and completed any certifications needed.)
  5. Complete the final test.

Reminder, referees must register with the USSF and pay their registration fees online BEFORE they can start online trainings.



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, please contact Darby Henderson at



2022 US Soccer Referee Certification for all officials in Minnesota is now open.

All Minnesota officials will be required to complete the  2021-22 IFAB Changes to the Laws of the Game presentation in order to remain eligible for assignment. This is now available in their Online Material on the Minnesota SRC website.

The SRC also has a new Grassroots Tier ProgramThe emphasis of the new Tier system is self-motivated participation designed to provide higher tier classification for officials who are continuously participating. Stronger officials will be utilizing the system to constantly review the Law book and maintain year-round fitness levels. There is no requirement for participation in the Tier program, it is completely optional.