Grassroots Referee Course on February 29

The Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club is hosting a Grassroots Referee Course on February 29, 2020.
This is a great opportunity for players and parents or any other youth or adults to learn the game from
another perspective and earn some extra cash. Participants must be at least 13 years old when they
register for the course. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has made several changes very
recently so for those who had or knew other information, this will be different.


What: Grassroots Referee Course - In-person portion
When: Saturday, February 29th ~ 8:30AM – 4:30PM.
Cost: $60 See breakout below.
Where: Johnston Middle School Cafeteria located at 6501 NW 62 nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131
There are a limited number of seats so register early.


This is a perfect time for 13 year older players to become involved with the club by refereeing. It is also a perfect time for parents to become involved and grow with the sport as their child grows with the sport. The Club can always use adult referees.

Now that you have the basics, let’s get down to more details. The way the new course works is that the interested participant – must be at least 13 years old to register - will complete the Grassroots Referee Course online which will last 4+ hours, then complete the assignments – Safe Sport for those who are 18 years of age or older (90 minutes); Safe and & Healthy Playing Environment (30 minutes); complete the Quiz at your own speed; all of which will cost $20. This course does not register the participant with USSF. Upon completion of the 4+ hour course, the participant will then register for an in-person all-day session for the cost of $40. When the in-person session is completed, the participant will be registered with USSF. Payment will need to be made with a credit card for both the online course and the in-person course. So there are two parts to becoming a Grassroots Referee.

Walk-in participants will no longer be allowed at the in-person portion of the course. The reason is that the course material online must be registered for and completed prior to attending any in-person session.
Register for the Grassroots Referee Course at -click on Calendar of events; click on February 29 Johnston/Urbandale and follow the directions. The directions for both the online course and in-person course are on the site.

If the above in-person date will not work for you, check the calendar for another date that will work. You can register for a Grassroots in-person course wherever you would like and referee wherever you want.
Please contact Bonnie Larson with any questions – e-mail: or phone: 515- 255-6559.
Hope to see you at the in-person clinic.

Bonnie Larson

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