Important SafeSport requirement information
Every referee 18 years of age and older MUST complete SafeSport training in order to officiate any games. The new training will take approximately 2 hours and is mandatory. The annual SafeSport refresher course will take approximately 45 minutes. You are required to complete this prior to recertifying. When you complete your training through the clinic lesson, your SafeSport license will become part of your U.S. Soccer Learning Center profile.
2021 Online Grassroots Referee Recertification Courses
In order to receive your 2021 Grassroots Referee badge, you must complete the required online lessons. This year, Maryland is offering 3 varying sets of lessons, depending on your experience level.
- If you were just certified as a new Grassroots Referee for 2020, you should register for the clinic entitled “Referee-Grassroots Recert (New)”. If you are in this category, you will be emailed a Clinic Code, which you will need to register.
- If your original referee badge was for 2019 (you have already recertified one time to obtain your 2020 badge), you should register for the clinic entitled “Referee-Grassroots Recert (Intermediate)”. If you are in this category, you will be emailed a Clinic Code, which you will need to register.
- If your original referee badge was dated prior to 2019 (you have recertified two or more times), you should register for the clinic entitled “Referee-Grassroots Recert (Experienced)”.
Some of the lessons are the same in all 3, but not all. Once you have successfully completed all of the online lessons, your 2021 badge will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Watkins, SDI or Greg Watson, SRA.
2021 Online Regional Referee Recertification Course
The Regional Referee recertification course is now online. The course is entitled “Referee – Regional Referee Recertification“. Regional Referees are required to successfully complete all of the lessons in this online course before you can receive your 2021 Regional Referee badge.