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Referee Certification

Recertification Courses for Current USSF Referees

All North Central Soccer Referee Unit referees must attend a recertification course in order to be certified for refereeing in 2020. If you have not yet attended a course or signed up for one, please do so in the very near future at https://learning.ussoccer.com/.  Please read all of the following information carefully.

If you are 12 years old at this time and desire to recertify at a course that is prior to your thirteenth birthday, the USSF Learning Center will not let you register.  It has an age limit of thirteen.  You will need to contact Sue Walter and request that your account be activated.  After she has completed the activation, you will be able to register.

Please note that background screening for recertifying referees 18 years of age and older, MUST be applied for and cleared before US Soccer will allow registering for any course.  The link for the background check is in your Referee profile.  The background screening takes between 2-14 days for a response. As all course work including the online portion MUST be completed at least 48 hours prior to the classroom attendance, Referees should plan accordingly when they choose a course.  I recommend signing up for a course at least 3 weeks in advance to give yourselves enough time to complete the background screening if required, register and complete all assignments.

Please note that if your address is one of those that has changed in the last year due to the Marathon County readdressing project, you may need to use your old address when completing the background check request.

Course Assignments can be found under the “Assignments” tab within the registered course. Assignments can only be accessed within a course once registered for a course. Those 18 and older have 4 assignments to complete and those under 18 have 3 assignments to complete. ALL assignments MUST be completed 48 hours prior the course or the referee will not be allowed to attend.  Those under the age of 18 will not be required to do the “SafeSport Training”. It will show “Satisfactory” and have a green dot by it.

If you are not on the class roster, Instructors will not be allowed to let you attend the course.

         NO WALK-INS ALLOWED.                   NO EXCEPTIONS

Only those completing ALL assignments 48 hours before the course will be listed on the course roster.

The classroom portion for the recertification clinics that are currently scheduled for the North Central Unit are:

Jan 4, 2020, Saturday, Stevens Point, UWSP Health Enhancement Center (HEC) (Phy Ed Bldg) 2050 4th Ave.  Class will be in Room 146. Enter via the Quandt lobby doors, go right and take the stairs to the second level, go across the hall into the Quandt balcony to Room 146 (follow the signs).  Parking is available in all lots and is free (do not need to feed the meters in the lots).

Jan 4, 2020, Saturday, Eagle River. Northland Pines High School, 1800 Pleasure Island Rd, The course will be in the Large Group Instruction Room which is on the second floor.  Participants should park in the back of the school and enter the building using the Fitness Center/Gym doors.  Use the stairs at the north end of the cafeteria atrium and go to the left to the room.

Jan 11, 2020, Saturday, Stevens Point, UWSP Health Enhancement Center (HEC) (Phy Ed Bldg) 2050 4th Ave.  Class will be in Room 146. Enter via the Quandt lobby doors, go right and take the stairs to the second level, go across the hall into the Quandt balcony to Room 146 (follow the signs).  Parking is available in all lots and is free (do not need to feed the meters in the lots).

Feb 22, 2020, Saturday, Schofield, Greenheck Field House 6400 Alderson St, Schofield, WI 54476, Enter Greenheck Field House entrance and head straight back toward the fitness center. To get to the fitness center go through the two sets of doors and turn left. You will need to enter the fitness center to get to the room. There will be signs to follow.

March 7, 2020, Saturday, Wisconsin Rapids, Riverview Hospital, 410 Dewey St, Wisconsin Rapids, 54494.  From the East Riverview Expressway, turn north on to Third Street South. Then turn right onto Dewey Street and park in the parking lot across the street from the hospital (across from Door # 4).  Entry is in Door #4, next to the Tower or walk under the tower and enter by the revolving doors.  There can be no parking in the Tower Parking Lot, which is reserved for those visiting patients in the hospital and is very limited.  Then follow the signs to Rooms A, B and C on the lower level.

All clinics are scheduled to start at 8:00 AM. Please bring pencil/pen and paper to your clinic.

If you have any questions, e-mail Vern Schroth at call him at (715) 341-7528.


USSF Certification Courses for New Referees

Are you looking to earn some extra money? Do you love soccer and want to get paid to watch it? Become a soccer official!

The local Wausau area new soccer official class has been announced. The course is a one-day class on Saturday, March 14th from 8:30 – 4:30 PM. It is being held at the Greenheck Field House (6400 Alderson Street, Schofield, WI 54476). The minimum age to become a new soccer referee is 13 years old (this is new as it used to be 12 years old. You must be 13 years old before being allowed to register for the course). The estimated total cost of the course and uniform is around $100-125. There is online coursework that must be done before the class that takes about 5-10 hours. There is a limit of 30-40 people for this class so register as soon as possible in order to secure a spot. There are not many opportunities out there for youths to make at minimum of $14 per hour. Last season, the Central Wisconsin Soccer League paid referees (Center and Assistant Referees) between $14 - $58 per game depending on age group and referee experience. The minimum payment for a U9/U10 game (which is the level a new referee would start at) is $20 for a center referee and $14 for assistant referees. That is at least $14 for refereeing a U9/U10 game of 50 minutes in length!

Details to sign up and learn more:

The new soccer referee course offered in the Wausau area is now in the US Soccer Learning Center. The class is on March 14, 2020 at the Greenheck Field House that is attached to the DC Everest High School. To find information: go to wisref.org and move your mouse over and click on “Becoming a Referee” on the top or the page to learn more about becoming a new soccer referee. Here is the information to sign up for a "Grassroots - First Time Referees" course.

For step-by-step help on registering for the course, download the document below.