Lake Cities Soccer Association



US Soccer Grassroots Referee Course

The Grassroots Referee Course is specific to the recreational and competitive youth game. This is an entry-level course for new referees. This course consists of online modules in the US Soccer Learning Center that must be completed by the candidate prior to the in-person or online video classroom and field session. 

How to Become a USSF Grassroots Referee

  • Requirement – you must be 13 or older.
  • There is two-part process that must be completed to become a licensed  USSF Grassroots Referee.
  • Sign up for a Grassroots online course. You will pay the fee when you sign up.

Part 1 – Sign up for the Grassroots Online Lessons via North Texas Soccer Referee Page – OMS
There are 21 modules in the online portion. All 21 modules must be completed in full. The online lessons take approximately 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours to complete in full.

Part 2 – Select an in-person clinic to attend

Once you complete the entire online lessons, you’ll be able to select an in-person clinic to go to on OMS. You will see the words – ONLINE LESSONS COMPLETED highlighted in green to know that you can select the in-person clinic you wish to attend.  The in-person clinic is 3.5 hours. This is the field session done outdoors.  Lots of important information is given to all attendees – who you will work for, how to get games, where to get uniforms, etc.  You must complete both parts in order to become a referee.

In the drop down menu

1.   Select – Entry Never been a USSF Referee before

2.   Select – Grassroots Referee Online Lessons

3.   Register/Pay

4.   Start/finish the online lessons

Once you complete the online lessons you will see the words – PICK A CLINIC

This is the in-person portion of the clinic.