Steps to Become a USSF Referee

The entry-level course to become a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) referee is called the Grade 8 Entry Level Course. Grade 8 has no relationship to your actual grade in school. Idaho recommends that you be at least 12 years old to enroll in a Grade 8 Entry Level Course.

There are seven steps to complete to become a USSF Referee in Idaho.

  1. Register for an Arbiter account.
  2. Pay the ISRC Clinic fee ($30 as of 2019).
  3. Pay the US Soccer Registration fee ($40 as of 2019).
  4. Register for an in-person clinic.
  5. Complete the online modules on the US Soccer website. These must be completed prior to the in-person clinic. Directions on how to prove completion are below.
  6. Complete the online Grade 8 referee test in Arbiter
  7. Successfully complete the in-person clinic.

Steps 1-4 and 6 are completed at the following link:

  • Select “New Referee 2019” from the menu;
  • Read the first page entitled “Entry Clinic Welcome”, then select Next;
  • Complete the remaining steps including “Personal Information”, “Background Check”, “Additional Information”, and “Payment”;
  • If not automatically directed to do so, go to the “Eligibility” tab. There, under “Open”, you will now see “1 of 2 Requirements Completed” for “New Referee 2019”. When selecting that option, you will then see a link for “Register for In-Person Event”. Select that and register for the date which you intend to attend.
  • Complete the Grade 8 referee test.

Step 5 is to be completed at the following link:

  • Complete the 18 modules
  • Complete the Idaho Referee Workbook and bring it with you to class.
  • Clinic numbers can be found on the Courses page.
  • If you are asked for a USSF ID number, just leave it blank.


  • Your completed Idaho Referee Workbook
  • Black pen to take notes and the test.
  • You Must Register Through Arbiter to let the instructor know you want to sign up for the class.
  • Dress in clothes that you are willing to run around in.
  • However, also dress modestly. No shorty shorts, tank tops, or other sloppy apparel.
  • You are welcome and encouraged to bring food and drink. There will be breaks periodically.
  • Optional: Information for New Referees