Become A Referee


We run a limited number of indoor field sessions over the winter. Outdoor field sessions will resume again in March.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a United States Soccer Federation Referee in Eastern Pennsylvania!

Being a soccer referee can be both rewarding and fulfilling. Whether a young person learning responsibility or an adult contributing to the sport, referee training and development is the primary mission of Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association Referee Committee (EPSARC). To this end, EPSARC has established a process to ensure that every person who wishes to become a referee is afforded the opportunity to become a registered and certified soccer referee with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).



The Entry Level Referee course offers instruction to prepare an individual to become a USSF Soccer Referee. The course consists of online lessons and a 6 hour in-person session, which includes classroom and on-field participation.

Upcoming referees in EPA MUST be 14 years old or older before they can create an account and begin the process.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

To become a U.S. Soccer Referee, Candidates must:

Click here EPSARC account to create an account in Officials Management System (OMS)

Register for the Online Lessons clinic ($110 – covers all instruction and US Soccer registration fee)

  1. From your Home Page > Registration > select “Register for a clinic or fitness test”
  2. Go through the prompts
  3. Click on Reserve Clinic for the Grassroots – Referee Online Lessons clinic
  4. Complete the request and pay for the clinic (covers online lessons and in-person field session)

Return to your OMS homepage and click on the Online Lessons link

  1. Continue through the lessons in order.
    • You will be redirected to US Soccer’s website for a portion of the online training.
    • SafeSport Training (part of the online lessons)
      • EVERY referee 18 and older is required to complete the SafeSport Training.
        • [A 30 minute refresher is required annually]
      • There are 3 individual modules, each taking about 30 minutes.
      • Once all 3 are done, you will receive a “SafeSport Trained” certificate
      • Save that certificate for your reference
      • Your OMS account will be updated automatically

Pick a Field Session Clinic :  You must complete all online lessons at least 72 hours prior to the in-person clinic you want to attend in order to select that clinic. You are strongly advised to concurrently order your referee uniform kit and start the required background clearances.

  1. Return to your Home page
  2. Click on Pick a Clinic
  3. Select a field session (must be at least 3 days prior to the clinic date) – click on Attend Here
  4. Field Sessions are hosted by local clubs, and posted to the website once approved.
  5. If you don’t see one you can yet attend, continue to check back often.
  1. Arrive properly equipped as a Referee
  2. It is highly recommended that you purchase and wear your referee uniform:
    • Uniform – shirt (primary color is yellow), black shorts, socks, and shoes (sneakers are fine)
    • Bring a whistle, referee wallet, yellow card, red card, flags
      • These items should be ordered from Official Sports International in advance of the referee field session.
      • Visit Official Sports Referee Starter Kit  or any retailer of your choice
  3. Most sessions are outside – Wear your Uniform or dress appropriately for the weather
  4. Bring water, snack, lunch, sun screen

Interested in hosting an Entry Level Field Session?

Background Clearances – EVERYONE 14 yrs and older must complete them

  • Pennsylvania Background Clearances NOTE: clearances may take up to 30 days to complete (although many are coming back within a few days) – allow sufficient time.
    1. Upload clearance documents into your OMS EPSARC account for review:
      • Be sure the documents are saved on your computer as a pdf or jpeg file format
      • Log into your account at
      • Click on Administration > Provide SafeSport/Background documentation
      • Upload each document individually
    2. ALL AGES must complete the 2 Pennsylvania State clearances; In addition, Minors must complete the Affidavit of Compliance while those 18 and older must complete the FBI fingerprint clearance – USE ONLY CODE 1KG6XN .
    3. All THREE (3 ) clearance documents must be uploaded and approved before you will be registered.