2024 New Referees Under 18
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 (can be a parents 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. You can add a secondary email (parents email) during your account set-up.
Complete the online USSF 1st Time Referee Course, approximately 4.5 hours in length. This course is separated into 4 sections, so you can complete 1 section at a time. Once all 4 sections are completed, please email the certificate of completion to the NCSRA office at email@example.com . YOU MUST COMPETE STEP 2, CREATE A LEARNING CENTER ACCOUNT, BEFORE COMPLETING THIS COURSE. The USSF 1st Time Referee Course can be accessed from this link: USSoccer 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to confirm completion.. Any issues locating your US Soccer Learning Center completion certificates, please contact NCSRA Administrator Erick Varone at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, www.ncsra.org, 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.
Once these 7 steps are completed and you contact NCSRA Administrator Erick Varone at email@example.com 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, an NCSRA warm up shirt and 3 "Yellow Wristbands" with an explanation of this program. Congratulations on completing your requirements and we Welcome You To The North Carolina Soccer Referee Community!!