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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):

- 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
* 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:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all referee certification courses in Virginia are currently suspended.  If you are interested in becoming a referee please send an email to [email protected] and we will let you know when classes resume.  (If you are under 18, please have a parent or guardian send the email).

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

Recertification Overview (Existing Referees)

Grassroots Referee Recertification Overview (existing referees)

Current referees must complete the following to recertify:

* Online instruction is condicted via the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program and the US Soccer Learning Center.  Most referees need 4-6 hours to complete the online instruction.
* Three types of recertification classes are available: for refs with 1-2 years experience; for refs with 3 or more years of experience; and one for refs who work Adult-level matches. Referees should select the class category that best fits their status.

* Classroom instruction is scheduled at various locations and lasts about 2.5 hours.

The cost to recertify is $80, paid through US Soccer. 


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

Recertification Classes (Existing Referees)

Loudoun Soccer-hosted Grassroots Referee Recertification Classes (existing referees):

Upcoming Courses:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all referee certification courses in Virginia are currently suspended.  If you are interested in becoming or recertifying as a referee please send an email to [email protected] and we will let you know when classes resume.  (If you are under 18, please have a parent or guardian send the email).

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Leesburg, Virginia 20175

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

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