How to Become a Referee

PLEASE NOTE: Entry Level Referee courses are posted and administered by CalSouth


  1. Need to register and pay your USSF fees – $55
  2. Complete all online course modules (modules must be completed the Tuesday prior to your field session)
  3. Register and attend a Field training session

LA Galaxy San Diego requests all new incoming referees be licensed at the Grade 8 level and be age 13 or older.
Upon completion of the course, you will become eligible to be assigned to affiliated games played under Cal South’s jurisdiction.

How to sign up for a referee course and clinic:
STEP ONE – Register online for the current year’s USSF Registration (current referee training year is 2018 – you will receive a 2018 badge and are also able to referee games for the remainder of 2017):

USSF Registration
  • Enter your username and password.  If you are already a CalSouth player, parent, coach or administrator enter your current username and password – do not create a new profile.  If you have problems with your login please contact Laura Dudoit at:

STEP TWO – Find and register for an entry level field clinic:

Entry-Level Clinic
  • Click on the “Event Type” drop down menu, select “Referee Course” followed by clicking “Search”
  • Click on the clinic of choice to read the event description
  • Select either the morning or afternoon 4 hour field session
  • Click on the “Register” button at the bottom of the clinic page
  • Directions and links for accessing the online course modules are listed on this registration page
  • Do not delay in registering – courses fill quickly

IMPORTANT – you must complete and pass all online course modules by 7:00 pm on the Tuesday prior to your field session.
For questions and concerns regarding registration for training sessions please contact Laura Dudoit at:

The fall recreational soccer season runs from Sept 9 – Nov 11, 2017.

All licensed USSF Grade 8 referees interested in refereeing recreational games this fall will need to attend the mandatory referee meeting August 25, 2017 from 6-7 pm at the Carlsbad Senior Center – 799 Pine Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Please confirm your attendance to Betsy at:

There will also be a mandatory club referee field session on Friday Sept. 8 at Aviara Park – 6:30-8:00pm.

If you are not currently licensed and would like to join the referee pool you can still do so this week. You will need to complete the Grade 8 online modules and complete a 4 hour CalSouth field training. There is a field session August 19 in Chula Vista from 9am-1pm. You must register through the CalSouth website by 2pm on Tuesday, August 15 and complete the online modules by 7pm that same night.

Referees not already registered with the LAGSD recreational referee system may do so with the information below:

To join LA Galaxy San Diego, when prompted, you should use authorization code: DB2HA3DK

Referee Meeting – click here to access pdf
Letter from Director to Referess – click here to access pdf

Questions? Please email Betsy at: