National Match Officials have an interest in refereeing professional matches and representing US Soccer on the national stage.  These officials primarily work adult matches at the amateur, semi-professional, and professional levels working with regional, other national match officials, and PRO officials.

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TO APPLY FOR NATIONAL REFEREE OR ASSISTANT REFEREE

Application Process

  • Eligible individuals are invited to apply by US Soccer.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee.
  • Those selected, are invited to National Camp where they must pass all of the license requirements.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR NATIONAL REFEREE OR ASSISTANT REFEREE

Selection Process

  • The selection process begins with the candidate filling out an application stating they wish to be considered as a national official.
  • Sate Referee Committees are responsible for providing the past two (2) consecutive fitness test results on every candidate from their state.
  • Candidates are responsible to provide their cumulative game count on the games worked as a referee and assistant referee.

TO CERTIFY AS A NATIONAL MATCH OFFICIAL

National Certification Requirements

Previous Certification Experience

Must have held a Regional License for the previous two registration years.

Previous Game Experience – Game Log Form

Submit game log form with at least 65 games at the adult amateur level. 40 as a referee and 25 games as an assistant referee all in affiliated, adult matches.

Fitness Test

Pass the Referee or Assistant Referee Gender Specific Category 1 FIFA fitness test. This is held at National Camp for those that are selected to attend.

Practical Evaluation

Minimum of three (3) passing National Evaluations as the track the candidate wishes to be considered for, either REFEREE or AR. These evaluations must be completed by three (3) different National Referee Coaches.

National Referee Coursework and Requirements

Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments (1 hr.)

SafeSport (1 hr.) – Must complete every two years.

National Match Official Video Test (45 mins.)

National Match Official Written Test (45 mins.)

Laws of the Game Update (20 mins.)

Successful completion of National Camp

Background Check ($30)

This must be completed online through the Learning Center every two years. May take up to two weeks to complete and you will not be able to attend any in-person activities until it is completed – please plan ahead!

Advanced Training In-Person Courses

7 hour classroom session typically held the second weekend of August annually. See all Upcoming Classes

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