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Madison Area Youth Soccer Association

Referee Certification and Re-Certification: Remote Courses Available

MAYSA 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)

Thank you!  Stay safe and please email me at lhuttenhoff@maysa.org if you have any questions.

Attention Future Referees!

The Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program (WisRef) has announced courses for 2022 registration. Referee candidates who are first time referees, or previously registered referees who have had a lapse in registration may now register for certification in August. NOTE: U.S. Soccer Policy mandates a minimum age of 13 to start the certification – there are NO exceptions or waivers to this U.S. Soccer Policy.

The total cost of the course is $70; a background check, if 18 or older is an additional $30 (for a 2-yr period). New & lapsed Referee candidates who successfully complete all of the requirements in August will receive a full reimbursement of their registration fee and background check fee from  Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, plus a 10-piece referee uniform starter kit.

New Grassroots Referee Courses require a combination of independent learning and in person, virtual instruction. The independent learning starts in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, is followed by WisRef content, and finishes with a WisRef virtual session. Total instruction time is estimated at 16 hours, with the final four hours being the virtual session.

Dates and times for the virtual portion of the course are as follows:

Saturday, August 7 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                    Saturday, August 7 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, August 8 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                      Sunday, August 8 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, August 14 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                  Saturday, August 14 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, August 15 | 8:00am – 12:00pm                    Sunday, August 15 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Weekday courses and/or additional courses may be added based on demand.  If  the Referee candidate is <13, or the dates and times of the virtual portion conflicts with your schedule, additional courses will be offered from January through mid-April of next year.

Click here or see below for instructions on how to register to become a 2022 USSF Referee.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the game, while learning and earning!

What do these two organizations ask in return? We ask that you commit to refereeing this fall, all of 2022 and registering again for 2023 minimum. We would hope that you continue in 2024 and beyond also.

In addition to the WisRef & WYSA reimbursement and uniform package, many clubs and districts also provide additional referee incentives, for a minimum number of games worked in a season.  Referees should contact the Assignor for more information on these programs.

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How to register to become a new Referee

New Referee courses are currently being offered by the Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program (WisRef) for 2022 registration. The USSF registration year is July 1 through June 30th , with the 2022 USSF Referee license expiring 12/21/2022.

The successful Referee candidate will have the opportunity to officiate games for the Fall 2021 soccer season and all of the 2022 calendar year.

Minimum age per US Soccer policy is 13 years old at the time of registering for the course. There are NO exceptions or waivers to this U.S. Soccer Policy. This course is for new, first time Referees that have not been previously registered as a Referee or a previously registered Referee who has had a lapse in registration.

Course Requirements

New Grassroots Referees must, in order:

(1) Complete all US Soccer required assignments in the Learning Center

(2) Create a Game Officials account

(3) Successfully complete all WisRef pre-course work

(4) Attend an in-person Virtual on-line course

This is a 16 Hour Course

The first 8 hours will be in the US Soccer Learning Center completing their required assignments.

4 hours additional WisRef pre-course work (on your own)

4 hours Virtual on-line Zoom Course (with Instructors)

This will meet the requirements to register you as a new Grassroots Referee.

Here are the Steps to Register as a 2022 USSF Referee

1) Create a Referee profile in the US Soccer Learning Center: https://learning.ussoccer.com/

Directions: https://ussoccerfederation.force.com/lcsupport/s/article/Sign-Up-for-an-Account

If you are 18 or older, you will be prompted to pay for and complete a 2-year background check and complete the SafeSport module - if you turn 18 during a registration period, you will be required to complete the background check and SafeSport in order to continue refereeing.

 All Referees will first register in the Assignment Course and complete the requirements and then will be transferred into a Virtual course.

https://ussoccerfederation.force.com/lcsupport/s/article/How-to-find-and-sign-up-for-acourse-in-the-Learning-Center

2) Register in the following course: 2022-New Grassroots Referee -Assignment Course

3) Complete all US Soccer required assignments in this course.

Go to: Courses/My Courses/Go to Classroom/Assignments

Remember to log out if you take a break from the training and to continually save your progress.

4) Set up a Game Officials account for assignments: (click on this link to access our WI Game Officials account) https://wisref.gameofficials.net

This account is for the Referee, not the parent. Full mailing address is required.

5) After completing steps 1-4, notify sue@wisref.org for instructions for the WisRef pre-course work

6) Once the pre-course work is completed, again notify sue@wisref.org to choose a date/time for the Virtual on-line course. You will be able to pick a Virtual course date from one of the following: August 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th , on a first come – first serve basis.

7) Attend a Virtual on-line course.

8) Badges will be mailed out upon successful completion of all the above steps.

New & lapsed Referee candidates who successfully complete all of the requirements in August will receive a full reimbursement of their registration fee and background check fee from WisRef & Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, plus a 10-piece referee uniform starter kit.

WisRef’s Sue Walter will notify the WYSA of successful Grassroots Referee registration and course completion, in order that a reimbursement check can be sent to the address as it appears in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.

Sue will also notify Stefan’s Soccer of the successful course completion, and eligibility for the uniform package. You will then be notified as to how you will be able to order the uniform package from Stefan’s; the notification will be in the form of an email sent to the email address as it appears in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center. Note: If you know of others who may be interested in becoming a

Referee, please send their names and emails to tom@wisref.org. Thanks, and good luck!