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Vermillion Youth Soccer League

Referee Course

NEW Referee Courses for 2022

Please reference USSF instructions

New and Recertification courses may be found on the South Dakota Soccer Referees website. 


Contact Information:

Vermillion – Shawn Fick email: [email protected]

cell: 605-677-7870

USSF Instructions

2020 South Dakota New Referee Class Registration Instructions


1. You need to set up a learning center account

2. You must have already submitted your background check (if 18 years of age or over), and you must have received confirmation of approval. YOU CANNOT PROCEED WITH REGISTERING FOR A CLASS UNTIL BACKGROUND CHECK CLEARS.

3. If #1 and #2 are completed, log into the US Soccer learning center:

4. Once logged into your profile page, click on “Courses” on the top tool bar.

5. On the “courses” page, you should see tabs for “my courses”, and “available courses”. Click on the “available courses” tab.

6. On the next page, under “License pathway”, click on “Grassroots – First Time Referee”. On the right side of the page you will see a button that says “Go to Course List”. Clicking here will access the Grassroots Courses. You will have several options based on location. Choose the appropriate class and then click on “course details” on the right side of the page.

7. It should take you to that course page. In the top right corner (in blue) should be a box that states “proceed to registration”. Click that box.

8. A box should pop up that gives registration information (Location should be listed as “remote), it should show a price package of $60 for Outdoor, it will ask you for an emergency contact, and have you check three disclosure boxes. Once filled in, you can then click “proceed to payment”.

9. On the next page (payment), payment will have to be entered via credit/debit card (there is no mailing a check or cash option as this payment goes directly to US Soccer now). Once you click on make payment, it will process, and give you a notice that payment was processed (if it all went OK). Once payment is confirmed, you can close the payment box...and you are registered for the course.

10. It should then land you back on the course homepage. On the course homepage, under the course description, there are several tabs across the top. To take the course, you want to click on “assignments”. There should be 4 assignments, to complete each “assignment”, click on “open” on the right side of the screen beside each assignment. Some notes on each “assignment”:

A. Online Grassroots Referee Course – NOTE: this is the course and test. There are videos that you watch and then answer the below questions. You MUST go through the whole presentation. It takes approximately 4 hours. You can save and exit if needed. HINT: hover your cursor as there are different parts on each screen you must complete before moving on. HINT: you must get 100% to move on. It won’t let you advance until you get it correct. If you get stuck, email Chad Landis at [email protected] or your instructor for assistance.

B. 2020 Grassroots Referee Re-Certification Quiz. This is done while you complete the course.

C. 2020 SafeSport Training – just watch video and answer questions. Pretty easy/common sense stuff. No short cuts to get done fast. Takes about 2 hours.

D. 2020 Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments. Same thing, no short cuts, but pretty much common sense stuff. Takes about 30 minutes.

11. Once these four assignments show “Satisfactory”, you have completed the online portion.

12. You then need to attend the classroom and field session that is scheduled for your class. Upon completion of class, your final registration will be handled by your instructor.

13. Once your registration is approved by the Instructor (which may take a couple of days), you will receive an email from US Soccer with your course/referee registration certificate. You will receive your badge in class from your instructor or it will be mailed to you.