How To Become a Referee

JLYSL will host a USSF/CNRA Grassroots Referee Course that is already open to candidates.

It will conclude with a 3-hour In Person Field Session on either Friday, March 15th, 2024 - depending on location availability in Alameda.

We need commitment from both Comp & Rec teams that includes adults (coaches/team managers/parents) in addition to players.

Please sign-up directly to the USSF Learning Center and take the course. It is an on-line course until the final ‘In Person Field Session’.

USSF Grassroots (new) Referees Course


  • On-Line: Currently open to candidates through Monday, March 11th, 2024.
  • Field Session: Friday, March 15th, 2024 from 6~9pm.


  • On-Line via the following at US Soccer
  • Field Session: Academy Of Alameda.

Cost To You

  • Please pay the Registration Fee. To encourage you to get out there and begin your referee journey JLYSL will pay a one-time bonus upon completion of 6 games.

Minimum Age

  • 13 – as per Jack London YSL rules

You Get

  • Pass the course and you become a USSF Referee, can work games and get paid for the Spring 2024 Season & beyond.
  • You will receive a 2024 Badge in the mail in about 4 weeks. Please retain your completion certificate and take with you to your first games.
  • You are required to purchase a referee uniform. This is an out-of-pocket cost but it can be recovered very quickly as you start to referee some games.
  • New Referee Starter Kts are available online here:
  • On-going Training, Education and Support via the Referee Mentor & Development Programs.

I look forward to seeing you at the Referee Course and becoming a Referee!

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