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SPRING 2017 New Referee and Re-cert Clinics:

New Referee clinics are being held in EauClaire on Saturday January 14th, 2017 and in Hayward on Saturday March 25th, 2017.
If you would like to become a referee for the 2017 year, please sign up for one of these new referee courses by going to the 
following link:

Referee Re-cert clinics are being held in EauClaire on January 22th, 2017 and in Hayward on March 24th, 2017.  By completing 
the re-certification course you will be eligible to ref for the 2017 year.  You are required to re-certify each year after you take the 
initial new referee course.  Please sign up for one of these re-certification courses by going to the following link:
***An additional referee re-cert class has been added***  March 11th, 2017 in EauClaire.  Register at the link above.***

RLSA will reimburse you for the clinic fees.  Please keep your registration confirmation/receipt of payment and submit it to once you have successfully completed the new referee or the re-certification course.  If you need any help or 
have any questions, please email


FALL 2016 Referee Re-cert Clinic:
All current referees are asked to take the re-cert clinic that is being held from 9a-noon on Saturday Oct 1st at Rice Lake 
Middle School.  This course is to certify for the 2017 year.  Please register on line and submit your receipt to
for reimbursement.
Register for the clinic here:

Ref Courses
see for a list of all courses - NEW and Re-Cert. 

Information on this page from the Wisconsin Referee Development Program

The New Referee training course is a 16 hour course. It is designed to provide entry level referee skills and information through classroom and field training for candidates. Emphasis is on preparing for youth program participation – including recreational and competitive games. Field emphasis is on practice of specific procedures.

Participants must be at least 14 years old prior to attending this clinic. Administration of the USSF written examination is included. Minimum passing score is 75%.

HOWEVER.... the Wisconsin Referee Development Program states: you must be at least 14 years of age to become a grade 8 referee. Those between the ages of 12-14 may attend a New Referee training course, but will be registered as a grade 9 referee and will be eligible for recreational games only.

Glimpse of what you will find at WRDP!

Our New Referee and our Referee Recertification courses are mostly from November through March – the “off season” for outdoor soccer. We also may have a few late summer New Referee as well as Referee Recertification courses, in July or August. These courses are typically not added until mid-June to July, as we are in the middle of the outdoor season April through June.

A Referee Candidate must attend a New Referee course, and a Referee who has a multi-year registration lapse must also attend a New Referee course.

All Referees must attend an annual Recertification course. A Level 9 Referee (blue badge) will attend a Referee Recertification the next registration period.

The Advanced Recertification courses are typically held in July or August, and are intended for Level 7, 6 & 5 Referees. Additionally, those Level 8 Referees who are intending to move up the ranks are also encouraged to attend an Advanced Recertification.

The State Referee Upgrade clinics are typically held in July or August, and are typically held every two years – as needed. These clinics are intended for those Level 7 Referees who are intending to move to the State Referee level