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Travel Referees


The 2020 US Soccer Referee Registration season is now open in Minnesota. Returning and new officials can complete the entire certification process. As of July 1, 2019, U.S. Soccer is mandating all certified referees have a minimum age of 13 years old.

If you would like to earn some money this summer or if you have ever considered becoming a referee for travel soccer, now is the time to begin your training to be prepared for the upcoming summer season. Certified officials have the ability to work league games and tournaments all around Minnesota. Good referees are essential to the success of our soccer program. The most important thing that referees do is to ensure that travel games are fun, safe and fair.

Requirements for becoming a referee:

Step 1: Register with

Step 2: Pay $40 State Administrative and $40 US Soccer Registration Fees

Step 3: Complete 8 hours of Online Training (US Soccer Grassroots course and 10 MNSRC video modules.)

Step 4: Sign Up and Attend the 4-hour Classroom Clinic - one clinic is being offered in St. Cloud, Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9am-1pm. The registration DEADLINE for this clinic is midnight, Wednesday April 15.

Step 5: Pass the USSF Grade 8 Test

Step 6: Complete the MYSA Background Check & SafeSports Act Training (for all referees 18 years or older)

Step 7: Upon completion of these steps, you can purchase a Ref Uniform and contact M & D Sports to receive game assignments.

Step 8: Purchase a referee uniform

There is a need for more certified soccer referees in our area, we strongly encourage those who are interested in more information, visit the MN State Referee Committee website



Adult referees (18 years or older) who will be working MYSA sanctioned games or tournaments are required to complete a background check. Background checks are initiated through the Affinity Sports Registration platform and are processed by the McDowell Agency.

 Go to this website to get started: MYSA Background Check 

*If you complete a background check as a Sartell or CMYSA club manager, coach, administrator, etc. you do not need to complete the referee background check.