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Referee Recertification

Recertification is an annual requirement for all referees. It is also an excellent opportunity to refresh one's education about the game. The MSRC administrative and instructional staff works hard to prepare for the recertification season for referees in Massachusetts to create an atmosphere that is conducive to sharing ideas and experiences about refereeing.

Recertification 2021-22


Our team has made some changes to the recertification process in order to help to prepare all referees for the next year. This year's program will combine a required virtual, online educational module with a set of other educational modules from which a referee may select to fulfill the required educational hours for certification. That is, each referee can choose a topic of interest and/or attend multiple, optional modules to gain as much knowledge as possible.

This year we will also be offering Field Sessions to allow for practical training. These Field Sessions will be required for referees with little experience but can be attended by other, interested referees. We have found that practicing signals, mechanics, and game situations in a safe and productive learning environment is very beneficial to participating referees.

Our MSRC Central database has been enhanced to (a) allow the certification requirements to be done in any order, and (b) to allow each referee the ability to see his/her/their status and progress towards meeting the certification requirements. Once all of the requirements are met, the system will automatically add you to the queue to process your certification.

Administrative Requirements

All referees must complete all of the following:

  • Sign Waiver — this is an online task within your MSRC Central profile. This electronic signature replaces the old "registration form" that had been scanned and email in previous years.
  • Pay Registration Fee — as in previous years, payment can be made via credit card online or by mailed-in check. The payment is not tied to any course and can be made at any time in the certification process.
  • Upload Current Photo to MSRC profile
  • Pass Certification Test
  • US Soccer Learning Center Supplemental Courses
    • Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
    • SafeSport (if 18-years-old or older)
    • National Background Check (if 18-years-old or older)

Course Requirements

Referees registered for 2 or fewer years must attend:

  • Compulsory Module — this module will cover Laws of the Game changes and other important information
  • Compulsory Field Session — field sessions will be offered at various locations around the state, indoors during December, January, and February, and outdoors in March and later
  • 1 Optional Module

Referees registered for 3 or more years must attend:

  • Compulsory Module — this module will cover Laws of the Game changes and other important information
  • 2 Optional Modules


  • Referees may attend additional, optional modules at no additional cost.
  • A referee registered for 3 or more years may attend a Field Session.
  • All course modules and field sessions require pre-registration (i.e. no drop-ins)
  • The Question and Answer document contains answers to the most common questions.

Look at our Course Schedule for dates and times of course modules and field sessions.