All individuals aspiring to become referees will complete the Grassroots Referee course. You must be 13 years of age at the time of the clinic. The first part of the course will be completed online after you register for a course. The second part will be completed in class.
Students must successfully complete the online portion with a minimum score of 75% to be allowed into class. Incomplete or not passing scores will not be allowed into class.
All individuals will take the Grassroots exam and are expected to obtain a grade of 75 for satisfactory completion.
Milwaukee Kickers Referee Initiative
Referee Reimbursement Policy
Milwaukee Kickers is excited to announce our new Referee Reimbursement Policy to help offset recertification costs. Referees are eligible for this reimbursement if they match the below criteria:
1. Are currently a player or parent of Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club
2. Referee 8 Kickers recreational game, youth academy game or Uihlein Soccer Park tournament game in Spring 2021
Reimbursement amount will be proportional to the amount of referees applying for reimbursement but will not exceed $70. To apply for reimbursement, please contact Kyle Trimble for the reimbursement form. The deadline for applying for reimbursement is July 1st.
New Referee Courses
New Referee Certification Courses, which register prospective referees for the 2021 calendar year, are available through the Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program.
-Referee course for first time referees OR previously registered referee with lapse in registration
-Courses for 2021 certification are open for registration and pre-course work. Pre-coursework will be followed by a virtual component
-Virtual courses will run January through mid-April
New Grassroots Referee Course Requirements
1) Complete all U.S. Soccer required assignments in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center
2) Create a GameOfficials account
3) Successfully complete all pre-course work
4) Successfully complete in-person virtual course
The steps for signing up in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center and completing the Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program requirements are located on the WISREF website. Contact WISREF Registrar, Tom Mesalk directly with registration questions. If you are a returning referee, please contact Tom Mesalk for recertification information.