CNRA and U.S. Soccer encourages referees who aspire to referee higher level games to upgrade once they feel their referee skills, experience and knowledge of the laws have developed and advanced enough to meet the criteria of managing these more challenging games.


  1. Age: 18 years or older
  2. Previous Game Experience:
    • 50 games as a Referee (at the local adult amateur level)
    • 25 games as an Assistant Referee (at the local adult amateur level)
  3. Previous Certification Experience: Minimum of three (3) consecutive years as a Grassroots (or Grade 8/7) Referee    ***Due to late notice from U.S. Soccer regarding the additional assessment requirements for upgrade to Regional Referee, CNRA will only require two assessments for upgrade to Regional Referee for 2020.  The three assessment requirement will be in place for the 2021 registration year.***
  4. In-Service Training: Online in U.S. Soccer Learning Center
  5. Laws of the Game Test: Online in U.S. Soccer Learning Center
  6. Safety and Compliance: Background Check in U.S. Soccer Learning Center
  7. Fitness Test: Pass the FIFA Sprint and Interval Tests
    • Male: Category 1
    • Female: Category 2
    • **Currently registered referees may take the 2019 fitness test (45s/45s interval run and 6 sprints at 9s) to qualify for 2020 Regional Referee certification. The new fitness standard will be required for the 2021 registration year.**
  8. Practical Evaluation: Minimum of three (3) passing evaluations
    • Two (2) at the adult amateur level
    • One (1) at the highest youth level (U18/U19)(45 min half)
    • Evaluations must be done by three (3) different referee coaches


ALL Referees MUST create an account in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center. Once this is done, your previous registration information will be automatically loaded.


  1. Navigate to learning.ussoccer.com/referee
  2. Select “Sign Up” in the upper right corner
  3. Enter your information. (The Learning Center will attempt to identify currently registered referees by first name, last name, date of birth, and/or email address)


  1. Select “Courses” on the top navigation bar: The system will automatically load the Available Courses menu upon arrival.
  2. In the menu on the left side of the screen, select “Regional Courses”
  3. Click “Go to Course List”
  4. Select “2020 Regional Referee Upgrade”
  5. Complete the online training, test, and background check requirements
  6. Once payment is processed, your registration will be complete
  7. Your badge will be mailed to you

Should you need any assistance with registration, email the CNRA Registrar.


If you meet the above Age, Game Experience, and Certification Experience, and feel you are ready for a formal assessment, please follow the steps in the link below. Assessments should only be requested if a Grassroots referee wants to upgrade to a Regional referee, and if a Regional referee wants to re-certify. Referees who are just looking for mentoring should contact their assignor.

All online assessments are completed in CNRA.gameofficials.net and can be accessed by logging into your account and clicking on “After Games”. Others with access to your assessment results are the assessor, the Regional Referee Coordinator, State Director of Assessment, State Referee Administrator and the U.S. Soccer Referee Department.