Become a Referee with Skills FC!

Interested in becoming a soccer referee? Skills FC is here to guide you through the process. Refereeing is not only a great way to stay involved in soccer, but it also provides an opportunity to learn the game from a different perspective. Here’s a step-by-step guide to becoming a certified referee in Minnesota.


  • Must be a minimum of 13 years old to start the certification process. No exceptions.

Registration Process:

  1. Create an Account:

    • Navigate to U.S. Soccer Learning Center to create an account.
    • If under 18 years old, you must add a parent’s or guardian’s email; they have to validate their email address as well.
  2. Select Role:

    • Choose either “Referee” or “Both” for your role(s).
  3. Update Profile:

    • Log into the site, update your profile, and ensure your mailing address is correct for badge shipment.
  4. Manage Relationships:

    • Add “Minnesota State Referee Committee” to your relationships to allow the SRA to track your account if you need help.
  5. Select a Course:

    • Go to “Available Courses” under “Courses” and select a class that suits you.
    • Ensure the Host field says “Minnesota State Referee Committee.”
  6. Registration and Payment:

    • Proceed to registration and payment.
    • The standard fee is $60. An additional $30 is required for a background check if you are 18 years old or older.

Online Assignments:

  • Complete the required online assignments before the class.
  • If 18 or older, you have additional assignments including a background check and SafeSport training.

Class Attendance:

  • Attend the entire 5-hour course for credit.
  • Bring a WiFi-enabled device to class and, if possible, your assistant referee flags.

Badge Shipment:

  • Badges will be mailed to licensed officials within 4 weeks of licensure.

Refund Policies:

Additional Resources:

  • We recommend reviewing the supplemental material provided on the MNSRC website under MNSRC Education for more detailed information on essential topics for officials.


Join Us in Promoting Fair Play and Passion for Soccer!

By becoming a referee, you play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth conduct of games and fostering a love for soccer. We encourage all eligible individuals to consider this opportunity to contribute to the soccer community.