Become a Referee


The Referee Process

1. To start the process of becoming a referee, click here.

2. All referee courses are held online. Follow the prompts to create your referee profile, please ensure you take the Grassroots Referee Course.

3. All newly trained referees start in our recreational soccer program, there, they gain their experience and increase their confidence. When the referee assignor thinks you are ready to move onto the next level (competitive soccer), he will then assign you games at the competitive level via gotsoccer. Please do not create a referee account at gotsoccer as FYSA will create one for you. Click on [Referees and Assignors], Click on [Register] underneath [New Accounts].

4. If you are over 18, a background check must be performed. If you are under 18, you must perform an age verification. This can be found at the top of your gotsoccer referee account web page.


The minimum age is 13 years old. Anyone who, prior to July 1, 2019 was certified as a referee and, was less than 13 years old is allowed by US Soccer to continue their referee certification for the 2021 registration year and beyond.

3 times during each month between July and December, and twice between January and March, all course completions are exported from the registration system and sent to the United State Soccer Federation Referee Program office where a USSF ID number is assigned. When the registration comes back with the assigned ID number, the information is sent to Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA). FYSA is the designated Risk Management (RM background check) authority in the State of Florida. Florida Statutes require any one over the age of 18 is required to perform a Background Check. FYSA will notify by email each new referee of their Risk Management responsibility. Any cost for RM is between FYSA and the individual referee. Referees under the age of 18, only verify their age. FYSA will create a new referee gotsoccer account for you and will email you your temporary log-in information.

Newly Certified Referee badges will be issued by USSF

For All Referee Communication and Scheduling please contact Berk Gumus at

2020/2021 USA League Referee Fee Structure

Age Group Center Referee Assistant Referee Total
U8 $25 NO LINES $25
U9/U10 $40 NO LINES $40
U11/U12 $50 $25 Per AR $100
U13/14 $60 $30 Per AR $120
U15 - U19 $70 $35 per AR $140

Referee's Code of Conduct

Players First

Always remember that the game is for the players. Player safety and fair play come first.

Follow Laws

Study and learn the laws of the Game and understand the “spirit” of the Laws. Help fellow referees do the same.


Encourage and enforce the philosophies of “Everyone Plays,” “Positive Coaching” and “Good Sportsmanship.”


Respect other referees’ decisions and do not publicly criticize another official.

Be a Pro

Dress and Act Professional. Shirt tucked in and socks are picked up. Look like you want to be there!

Keep Up

Maintain good physical condition so you can keep up with the action.

Remain Calm

Stay calm when confronted with emotional reactions from players, coaches and parents.


Honor accepted game assignments. In an emergency, find a replacement.

Positive Reinforcement

Support good sportsmanship with a kind word to players, coaches and parents of both teams when deserved.

No Bias

Always be fair and impartial, avoiding conflicts of interest. Decisions based on personal bias are dishonest and unacceptable.

In Charge Of The Game

The referee’s decision is final and not subject to debate. Players, coaches, and spectators must accept this principle. Faced with verbal harassment, intimidation, or physical threats, a referee has the right to abandon a game in these circumstances. Any game official is under enough pressure without that added unnecessarily by players, coaches, and spectators.

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