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Madison Area Youth Soccer Association

Referee Certification and Re-Certification: Remote Courses Available

Referee Incentive Program

Throughout the Madison area and the State we are in great need of referees. Since we greatly appreciate the work you have done and will do as a referee, there is an incentive offered by the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association: 

Recertifying Referees get a $65 bonus after successfully completing their re-cert class and having worked a minimum of 10 league games in the Madison area in the immediate prior year

New Referees get a $50 bonus after their first 5 MAYSA league games.  

Referees need to simply fill out a google form to receive their bonus:

For New Referees click here: New Referee Bonus request Form

For Re-certifying Referees click here: Referee Bonus Request Form  ( This link will be added back when the re-cert season starts again after the fall 2021 soccer season)

How to Become a New Referee or to Re-certify

In order to become a New or Re-certifying Referee please take the following steps:

1)  Visit the US Soccer Learning Center web page (click here):  

  • New users should select "Sign up" in the upper right corner. 
  • Returning users can login
  • Please be aware that you cannot create a profile nor become a referee unless you already 13 years of age (strict US Soccer policy)
  • Users who have certified in the past (even if it was prior to the US Soccer Learning Center) should be able to connect to their certification history.
  • If you are 18 years of age or older you must enter the required information to initiate a background check.  Please do this right away as you will not be able to continue to the online training until your background check has been approved (you will receive an email to that effect).  This will take anywhere between 2 and 10 days.  There is a $30 fee and the background check is good for 2 years.
  • If you are 18 years of age or older you must also complete the Safe Sport training.  This is federally mandated.  Some of you may have already completed this previously, perhaps in a different capacity, so we recommend you locate the certificate. This training will take several hours and can be completed in steps -- hit "save" as you progress. 

2)  Complete the Online modules.  These have been prepared by US Soccer and cover important areas such as Laws of the Game, pre and post-game responsibilities, using game officials, interacting with Assignors and Mentors, etc.  

  • This portion will take several hours (at least) but can be completed in phases.  Remember to hit "save" whenever you might take a break.
  • For both the Recertification and New Referees there is a quiz at the end.

3)  Complete an "In Person" Course.  These are offered by our State Referee Committee and, while we are all practicing social distancing due to Coronavirus, offered in a virtual format through Zoom Meetings.   You can complete this portion from the comfort of your home!

  • Make sure to set up a Zoom Meeting account (click here).  
  • In order to sign up for an upcoming meeting please contact Sue Walter at
    • Please do not contact Sue unless you have completed all of the work in steps 1 & 2 above.
    • She will notify you of which virtual class to sign up for and when it will be hosted.  

Thank you!  Stay safe and please email me at if you have any questions.