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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, elective 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 — Grassroots, Regional — must complete all of the following:

  • Sign Waiver — this is an online task within your MSRC Central profile. Once per year, when you log into your MSRC Central account you will be directed to "sign" the statement. 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 (registered 7/1/2019 or later) must attend:

  • Mandatory Module — this module will cover Laws of the Game changes and other important information
  • Mandatory 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 (look for RECERT - Field Session (I))
  • 1 Elective Module — Examples include RECERT - Handling (I), RECERT - Positioning (I)

Referees registered for 3 or more years and all Regional Referees must attend:

  • Mandatory Module — this module will cover Laws of the Game changes and other important information
  • 2 Elective Modules — Examples include RECERT - Handling (II/III), RECERT - Managing Dissent (II/III), RECERT - Positioning (II/III)


  • Referees may attend additional, elective 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 MyStatus tab within your MSRC Central profile will show the progress being made against the requirements. That tab will offer links to complete some requirements, including, Pay Registration Fee.
  • 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.