2023 New Referees Under 18


Registration and certification as USSF Soccer Referees for new referees for the 2023 registration year will open on July 25, 2022.  Once completed on or after July 25, 2022, the new referee license is valid until December 31, 2023.  To recertify for 2024, referees will need to complete certification on or after July 1, 2023.  Although recertification for referees in the current registration year can be completed up until mid-June of the current registration year, once the new year starts on January 1, all referees must be certified for that current year to officiate. 

7 Easy Steps


Complete an Arbiter registration form and a supplemental Google Doc Form (which will be at the end of the Arbiter registration). To complete the registration, you will need a valid credit card and you must have a unique email address that no other person uses.  The 2023 registration fee is $120.00 which will be charged to your credit card. Once your registration has been received, NCSRA will send you an initial email confirming receipt and providing further information to complete the certification process. The form can be accessed from this link: 2023 NCSRA Referee Registration


Create a free account in the US Soccer Learning Center.  Instructions on how to do this can be found from this link:  Learning Center Account Set Up Instructions. To access the Learning Center to create your account use this link: Create a Learning Center Account


Complete the online USSF Grassroots Referee Course, approximately 4 hours in length and email the certificate of completion to the NCSRA office at YOU MUST COMPETE STEP 2, CREATE A LEARNING CENTER ACCOUNT BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS STEP.  The Grassroots Course can be accessed from this link: USSF Grassroots Referee Course


(Optional Step but needs to be completed when you turn 18) Complete the online Safesport Training Course, accessed through the US Soccer Learning Center under supplemental courses, and email the completion certificate to the NCSRA Office at  You can access the Safesport Course from this link: Safesport Course


Complete the online Safe and Healthy Playing Environments Course, accessed through the US Soccer Learning Center also under supplemental courses. Once completed the Learning Center will add your name to the report listing successful completion from which the NCSRA Office must manually mark your record in this area as complete.  This may take several days to process.  To speed the process, email the NCSRA office directly at to let them know to look for your completion information. You can access the Safe and Healthy Playing Environments Course from this link: Safe and Healthy Playing Environments Course


Complete either a) an on-field training session, b) an online interactive webinar regarding on-field training, or c) the on line course regarding on-field training. Use the link here to request assignment to an on-field training in your area or to attend an on line webinar:  Request Assignment to Training Session. For option c you can access that course from the  eligibility level in which you have enrolled by going to the Central Hub from you Arbiter profile account and clicking on Eligibility. For a guide to finding this click the link: Guide to Accessing Your Eligibility List


Complete the remining requirements listed in the Eligibility level in which you are enrolled.  Your eligibility level contains a direct access list to all courses, tests, and other requirements for certification.  When a requirement has been met in the list a green check mark will appear to indicate that particular requirement has been met.  (Some requirements categorized as “In Person Events” can only be updated by the NCSRA Office.  These requirements are used to record receipt of the various completion certificates referenced earlier.  When the NCSRA office receives an email of a completion certificate from you, that requirement will be marked as complete.  This is a manual process and may take several days to process). To access your arbiter eligibility, log into your arbiter account, go to your central hub, and look for your specific eligibility in the 2023 New Referee Tab, which is either the 2023 New Ref U-18 (referees Under 18) or the 2023 New Ref 18+ (referees 18 and over) tab and that will bring you to your list of requirements. (The video tutorial is for the 2022 eligibility period, just use this demonstration for the current 2023 eligibilities). There is a guide on how to access and use the eligibility levels on the NCSRA Arbiter Central Hub under the News and Announcements section.  The guide can be accessed directly from this link: Guide to Accessing Arbiter Eligibilities

Once these 7 steps are completed you will be eligible to referee USSF soccer games in North Carolina.  You will receive an email from our office specifically providing you information regarding referee assignors in your area and other information to help you get started.  The office will also mail you an initial registration packet containing your USSF referee badge with Velcro backing, an NCSRA flipping coin, and NCSRA luggage tag for your gear bag, and an NCSRA warm up shirt, along with another instruction sheet with guidance and reference information.  

Area Referee Administrator Erick Varone has been specifically tasked with assisting referees through the 2023 registration process.  Feel free to contact him if you run into any issues.  He can be reached at or by phone at 910-233-4712.