Referee Certification Class

Saturday March 21

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room D, 123 South Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch will not be provided.

Instructor: Jeremy Cohen

Course cost is $60.

Bring paper and pen/pencil.

Requirement: US Soccer will not register you as a referee unless you are at least 13 years old.


Create a Learning Center Profile

All referees must have a Learning Center Profile. Your account Profile will contain your unique e-Mail address, password, mailing address, phone number, etc. To create a Profile, go to the US Soccer Learning Center and click on ‘Sign Up’. Follow the instructions provided in Sign Up for an Account.

After you’ve created your Profile, click on ‘Courses’. Then, click on ‘Go to Course List’. Find this IA - Grassroots In-Person Course (Iowa City) and click on ‘Course Details’.

Register for this Grassroots In-Person Course

After you have completed your NCSI Background Check or if you are under 18, click on ‘Proceed to Registration’. Fill in the required fields and then ‘Proceed to Payment’ to provide your credit card information. Once your $60 payment is processed, you’ll enter the course Classroom. Click on the 'Assignments' tab to open. The course has 4 assignments:

Online Grassroots Referee Course (4 hour module – go at your own pace)

2020 SafeSport Training (90 minute module required for ages 18 and older)

2020 Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments (30 minute presentation)

2020 Grassroots Referee Certification Quiz (25 questions)

Click on the Online Grassroots Referee Course assignment to begin. As you complete each assignment, click on ‘Save and Confirm’.

Subsequent Logins to the Learning Center

You do not have to complete all the assignments in one sitting. You can go at your own pace, e.g., working 20 or 30 minutes at a time, closing the assignment, and then logging-out of the Learning Center. Later, when you want to resume:

• Log in to the Learning Center

• Click on 'Courses' in the upper left of the screen

• Next, click on the 'My Courses' tab

• Find this course and click on 'Go to Classroom' on the right

• Click on the 'Assignments' tab

• Open the assignment that you want to resume and pick up where you left off

IMPORTANT: The assignments are prerequisite, i.e., you must complete them all before you show up for the in-person course.

If you are interested getting games for the Iowa City Kickers, please contact the Kickers Referee Director, Teri Spencer at . You must be at least 13 years old and have completed a certification class.

New referees need to submit a W-9 form. Forms can be mailed to Iowa City Kickers, PO Box 226, Iowa City IA 52244 or scanned and emailed to

The Palmer Holden Referee Scholarship

Iowa City Kickers will provide a $50 scholarship to a deserving referee after each spring and fall season. Selection will be based on a referee who has shown a strong work ethic and a willingness to help other referees. They have demonstrated a desire to grow their referee skills through consistent performance and continued communication about game events. Like Palmer, these referees will have shown a drive to ensure that the youth players at Kickers have safe, fun matches.