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2024 New Referees 18 & Over


New Referee Registration and Certification for the 2024 USSF Registration year will open on July 10, 2023.  Once all requirements are completed, your new referee license will be valid until December 31, 2024.  To recertify for 2025, referees will need to complete recertification on or after July 10, 2024 at your convenience,  However, once the new year starts on January 1, 2025 all referees must be certified for that current year to officiate.

7 Easy Steps


 Please complete the Supplemental Google Doc Form. Next, create an Arbiter account and complete an Arbiter registration.  You will need a valid credit card and your own unique email address.  The 2024 registration fee is $120.00 which will be charged to the credit card provided. Once your registration has been received, NCSRA will send you a follow up email to validate your email and provide further information on the certification process. The Arbiter account and/or registration form can be accessed from this link: 

2024 NCSRA Referee Registration

FYI.  In the "personal info" section of this registration, any issue entering your phone # or the suffix preventing you from getting to the next screen, please contact Erick Varone at to help get resolved. 


Create a free account in the US Soccer Learning Center (USSF).  Instructions on how to do this can be found from this link:  Learning Center Account Set Up Instructions. To access the Learning Center and create your account use this link: Create a Learning Center Account.  Please use the same email that you used for your arbiter account as the primary email.


Complete the online Safesport Training Course, accessed through the US Soccer Learning Center Safeguarding Page.  Log in to your Learning Center Account and from the landing page, select "Safeguarding" and then select the Safesport Training.  Once completed, please email the completion certificate to the NCSRA Office at ncsra@ncsoccer.orgWe (NCSRA) will run your required Background Check.  You DO NOT have to take the Background Check on the US Soccer Website and pay the additional $30, as this is included in your NCSRA registration.  


 Complete the online Safe and Healthy Playing Environments Course, accessed through the US Soccer Learning Center Safeguarding Page.  Log in to your Learning Center Account and from the landing page, select "Safeguarding" and then select the Safe and Healthy Playing Environments Course.  Once completed, please email the NCSRA Office at to confirm completion. Any issues locating your US Soccer Learning Center completion certificates, please contact NCSRA Administrator Erick Varone at and he can assist.  


Complete either an in-person on-field training session or an online interactive webinar session via zoom.  On-field sessions will be scheduled across the state throughout the year.  If you are not available for an in-person session in your area, there will be at least 1 webinar session via zoom scheduled each week.  All upcoming training sessions will be posted on our website,, under the "Referees Tab" labeled "Referee Training Sessions" and will also be mass emailed out once scheduled.  There is no additional fee to attend either an on-field and/or zoom session, as they are all included in your registration fee.  To be assigned to a training session and receive additional information, please contact NCSRA Administrator Erick Varone.


The last 2 requirements to complete your certification are the NCYSA Policies and Procedures Tutorial (10 minutes or so in length) and the 2024 NCSRA New Referee Test (50 questions).  Links to both of those are below.  For the New Referee Test, please use the exact 1st name, last name and email you used to set-up your arbiter account when registering for the test, as that will ensure you receive credit for the test completion.  70% is the passing score for the test.  If you do not get 70% or higher, you will be able to take the test again as needed.  

2024 NCSRA New Referee Test

NCYSA Policies and Procedures

Once these 7 steps are completed and you contact NCSRA Administrator Erick Varone at to confirm completion, you will be eligible to referee USSF soccer games in North Carolina.  The NCSRA office will then get you in touch with your local referee assignors letting them know you are a new referee in their area.  You will also receive information on how to order your referee uniform from our new official uniform supplier, Capelli Sport. The office will also mail you an initial registration packet containing your USSF referee badge with Velcro backing, an NCSRA flipping coin, an NCSRA luggage tag for the referee bag of your choosing, and an NCSRA warm up shirt. Congratulations on completing your requirements and we Welcome You To The North Carolina Soccer Referee Community!!

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