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Referee Certification

See below for information on Referee Certification through Loudoun Soccer. This page has been divided into the four sections below (click to jump to each section):

Questions not answered here? Please email Chris McKay, Referee Development Coordinator for Loudoun Soccer at [email protected]

- Grassroots Referee Certification Overview (new referees)
- Loudoun Soccer-hosted Grassroots Referee Certification Schedule
- Grassroots Referee Recertification Overview (current referees)
- Loudoun Soccer-hosted Grassroots Referee Recertification Schedule

Certification Overview (New Referees)

Grassroots Referee Certification Overview (new referees)

Certification courses are held around the state, typically in the Winter (December-March) but also during the Summer, primarily in August.

Referees can certify and recertify at any official course across the state and be assigned games from multiple leagues and clubs (e.g. you can certify in Fairfax but work games in Loudoun).

Certification consists of three phases:

* Online: this is conducted via the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program and the US Soccer Learning Center.  Most new referees need 4-6 hours to complete the online instruction

* Classroom Instruction: scheduled at various locations and lasts 3 hours (Classroom instruction is not occurring for 2021 due to the COVID pandemic, but new referees can still certify by taking the online component and attending an outdoor, field training session)

* Field Instruction: scheduled at various locations and lasts about 3 hours

The Classroom and Field components are scheduled as one clinic. Referees over the age of 18 must also complete SafeSport training, and pass a background check.

The cost to certify is $80, which is paid directly to US Soccer (two separate payments of $60 and $20). 

Please note: new referees will have to create a registration profile first; a valid and active email address is required. Parents of youth referees can create this profile for their child as needed.

CLICK HERE for a full list of available clinics, to begin enrolling for a course, and for additional details.

Certification Classes (New Referees)

Loudoun Soccer-hosted Grassroots Referee Certification Classes (new referees):

As a convenience to its referees, Loudoun Soccer hosts certification and recertification courses throughout the year. The following courses are currently scheduled:

Upcoming Course Schedule:

There are currently no courses scheduled in Loudoun County, however, courses may be available elsewhere in the state -- you may attend a field training module anywhere in Virginia and still work for Loudoun Soccer upon completion of your certification.  Follow the steps below to check for available sessions and register to become a referee:


Steps to register (must be at least 13 years old  at the time of registration)

The process for becoming a new grassroots referee has changed because of COVID restrictions.  Please follow these instructions carefully.

1.  Register with the state referee program;
2.  Complete the online modules;
3.  Transfer into a four-hour on-field training clinic.

Once you meet all of the above-mentioned requirements, you will receive a 2021 referee badge and be eligible to referee or assistant referee games until December 2021 (at which time you will need to either recertify or upgrade).

Let’s get started!!

To register, do the following:

1.  Go to

**This is the state referee program registration tool.

2.  Click on “New Member Registration.”

3.  Complete the registration form.

NOTE:  Once you have registered as a grassroots referee (please note your User ID and Password for future reference).

4.  Register for the “Referee- Grassroots Entry – First Step – Online Lessons” clinic.

5.  Pay the $80.00 fee (which covers both the online registration fee and the on-field clinic).

When registering, remember to use an e-mail address that you check regularly since all correspondence regarding the class will be sent to you via email.  Also, after registering, please regularly check your SPAM mailbox to ensure that you are receiving emails from MDCVASRP.

You will be able to select any on-field training session you want.  However, you must compete your online lessons before attend the on-field training.

This is a great opportunity to find out if you like refereeing.

*Reminder: new referees must complete and pass the online module and exam BEFORE attending the class.

Contact Us

Loudoun Soccer
19798 Sycolin Rd 
Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Fax: 703-777-1029
Phone: 703-777-9977
Email: [email protected]

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