Interested in becoming a referee?
New referees are required to complete an online module, in person field session, and background check if over the age of 18. For detailed instructions on registering for a Grassroots Referee class, click the button below.
Also check out these testimonies from some of our younger referees.
I referee because...
"When you walk out to the field, your heart begins to race, the adrenaline begins to run rampant throughout your body. The excitement takes over. Officiating is similar to playing the game -- full of emotion. I love being in complete control, maintaining the calmness and the challenge to make a split-second decision. You simply make sure the game is played as fairly as possible. We make mistakes but we make them with the honest attempt to be right 100% of the time. I like being held to that high standard. Not to mention all of the amazing friendships I have made along the way that will last a lifetime."
Refereeing has taught me...
was the perfect first job (flexible hours, great pay)
helped pay for school
allowed me to make new friends
allowed me to travel
boosted my confidence
Starting Back Up
Referees who were certified in the previous 3 years but were not certified for the last year may take an online recertification class at the US Soccer Refereeing Learning Center.
For the 2020 year, recertification classes will be listed at the US Soccer Referee Learning Center. Classes in TN will begin being listed in September. Check back for more information coming soon...
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