Annual Recertification

US Soccer announces new classifications for referees:  Grassroots, Regional, National and Professional

All U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee (previously 7,8,9) require annual recertification, including online modules, testing, and classroom session.

Additionally, Regional Referees (previously grade 5 & 6) also require an annual fitness test and on-field assessment.

National and Professional Referees recertify directly with U.S. Soccer.

To complete recertification:

  1. Log into your EPSARC account
  2. Register for a Recertification Clinic
    • Grassroots Referees
      • Hybrid recertification clinic (previous EPA grades 8,9 and Emeritus)
    • Regional Referees (previously grades 5 and 6), Previous EPA grade 7 refs, Assignors, Instructors, Assessors
      • Advanced clinic
      • Fitness Test (Referees only)
  3. Complete Pre-Clinic items:
    • Online modules
    • Online test
    • Current background clearances
      • Must be completed every 5 years
    • SafeSport training
      • Must be refreshed every 1  year
  4. Attend Recertification Clinic
    • College students do not need to attend the clinic.
    • Send proof of enrollment (tuition bill or class schedule) to