Become a New Referee Step-by-Step

2021 Entry Level Courses

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. Whether for a young person learning responsibility or an adult contributing to the sport, referee training and development is the primary mission of FL Soccer SRC Inc. (FLSRC). FL Soccer SRC Inc. oversees the administration of the United States Soccer Federation Referee Program within the State of Florida. We are responsible for the development of the appropriate procedures and policies for the certification and oversight of Florida referees, instructors, assessors and assignors.  To this end, FLSRC has established a process to ensure that every person who wishes to become a referee is afforded the opportunity to become registered and certified as a soccer referee with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

We offer two types of Entry Level Courses.  The Grassroots entry course is for outdoor refereeing.  The Futsal entry course is for indoor refereeing.

Grassroots Entry Level (Outdoor) Course

The Grassroots entry level course offers basic instruction and prepares an individual to become a USSF Soccer Referee.  The Grassroots course has two (2) parts, online video lessons and Virtual Field Training videos.  The online video lessons are on two (2) different websites due to licensing issues and proprietary  ownership.  All lessons except for SafeSport are in the FLSRC OMS System.  Before you start we strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions just in case you get stuck or lost, or have viewing problems once you start the process that is below.

Futsal Entry Level (Indoor Course) set to open August 1st

The Futsal entry level course offers basic instruction and prepares an individual to become a USSF Futsal Referee.  The Futsal entry course is also online with 18 online video Futsal lessons plus an online test.  All lessons except for SafeSport are in the FLSRC OMS System.  Before you start we strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions just in case you get stuck or lost, or have viewing problems once you start the process that is below.

How do I start?

When you click at the bottom of this page to “Start the Process of Becoming a Soccer Referee,” you are taken to the private and secure Officials Management System to become a new member.  Click the “New Member Registration” button.

The “Member or Attendee Information” screen appears.  Follow the instructions, then submit personal information.  You MUST specify your Legal (given) full first name, middle initial, and last name.

Next will be to follow steps 1, 2, 3:

Step 1: Answer the legal question, read the terms and conditions (or if you are under 18 have your parent or guardian read with you), then submit request

Step 2:  The Reserve the Clinic window now appears.  CLICK Reserve Clinic.  The Reserve Clinic button turns into “Checkout Required.”  Click “Continue to Next Step” which will be step 3 shown below.

For Futsal, select the reserve clinic button which will turn into “Checkout Required.” Then click “Continue to Next Step which will go to step 3.

Step 3:. Checkout to pay, click “Click here to Complete Requests and Pay Fees”.

Member/Clinic Registration Checkout will appear.  Notice the instructions in BLUE.  In the Billing Information window Payment type, a credit/debit card is the only accepted payment method.  Cannot pay with a check/money order online.  Payments are collected by PayPal.  You do not have to have a PayPal account.  Please read the instructions in the Billing information window regarding what happens when the PayPal window below pops up.

Two choices “Pay with PayPal” or Pay with Debit or Credit Card.  If you are not ready to pay then click “Cancel and return to FL Soccer SRC Inc

If you clicked cancel in the PaylPal window above, your screen should return to your Member Home Page as below.  Notice the items in green are still available for payment.  The “Return to State Association Home Page” will return to the FLSRC.ORG public website.

After Payment, the “Clinics to Reserve or that you have Reserved” window on the Home Page will change and reveal the “Online Lessons” button to start the Grassroots Entry – Virtual Field Training course or the Grassroots Futsal Online Entry course.  There are a large number of online lessons to complete for both courses.

SafeSport Online Module

The SafeSport FL module is started in the FLSRC OMS system but the training is completed in the US Soccer Learning Center.  Instructions in the SafeSport FL module are explicit.  The SafeSport training is required for all who are 18 years of age and older.  (The 18 years of age and older is also the same for the FYSA Risk Management (RM) background check requirement.)

The student must follow the instructions to go to the US Soccer Learning Center: (https://learning.ussoccer.com)  In the Learning Center, create a registration with US Soccer.  If you were previously registered at one time in the past, look for you information first before creating a new account.

You MUST specify your Legal (given) full first name, middle initial, and last namethe same used in the FLSRC/OMS system.  Once you create an account in the US Soccer Learning Center, make sure you write down the newly created username and password that you created.

Log out of the learning center and then log back in, in order to refresh all information on the screen.  After logging back in, look on the left for the SafeSport training module. The module is in 3 parts, takes about 2 hours to complete, but all must be completed.  It is not necessary to send a certificate of completion to FLSRC as the OMS system reads the SafeSport system.

Sometimes the SafeSport modules have a slight glitch.  Read this information for how to quickly resolve the issues:  SafeSport Issues

With any other issues we strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions just in case you get lost or stuck.  If that does happen you can always come back to this page and click the lost link below.

Ready to begin?

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