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How to become a USSF Referee

All United States Soccer Federation (USSF) affiliate members require that all referees be currently registered by the USSF. In order to register a referee must first be qualified. Normally this means taking a USSF referee training course conducted by a Instructional program within one of the recognized state programs. The minimum age to attend referee training is 13 years of age (set by USSF), but you should be aware however that some leagues set their own minimum age for referees which can be higher but not lower, primarily because of child labor laws that are enforced on a state by state basis. The Missouri Referee Development Program (MRDP) offers USSF Entry Referee clinics. After clinic completion, and in order to be assigned any youth games, a background check is required for anyone age 18 or older plus SafeSport online training is mandatory for ALL referees 18 or older.  Leagues that use un-registered referees that are younger than 13 have to accept the liability that comes with using them.
USSF Grassroots Referee (entry) - The USSF Grassroots Referee may officiate games as a Referee or Assistant Referee in all youth and adult games. The current Grassroots clinic consists of a hybrid combination of 22 online components and in class room training. After signing up for a course, each attendee must complete all the 20+ online modules before they are allowed to attend the classroom session. Upon successful completion of the course, that includes a passing score on the test at the end of the online portion of the course, candidates may register as a Grassroots Referee with the United States Soccer Federation for the current USSF Fee through Missouri. Currently (2022) the Grassroots annual registration fee is $65.00. The entrty course cost is $95.00.  Course costs can change each year.
To find all upcoming clinics in Missouri go to   Remember, just because a course is not posted that is convienient for you now, it may be posted in the near future.  We suggest you check with your District Referee Administrator for updated information.
On-line training is done through  The Missouri Referee Development Program (MRDP) offers training clinics in each of the four MRDP Districts, which mirror the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) districts.  Any interested person may attend any posted clinic provided they meet the criteria.  You must have a profile on to be able to see or register for an upcoming clinic. If you feel you meet the criteria, and yet the system won't let you signup, or it asks for a "code", contact your district online support or email [email protected]
MRDP District on-line support volunteers: 
Eastern District - Colin Pressy 
Western District - Anthony Gardner
Central District - none, please contact [email protected]
Southern District - Tonya Wade-Smith
To determine which district you live in, click here:  District Administration Map