About the Referee Program
Skyline develops its referees through a bottom-up approach, providing instruction and experience at the developmental level. Skyline Board Members and coaches actively participate in observing and nurturing the referees on the fields. With experience and growth, referees are promoted to competitive level games which their skills and talents are closely matched to the skills level of each game.
- How Do I Become a Referee?
- Annual Recertification
- U.S. Soccer Learning Center
- Laws of the Game
- League / Game Assignments
- Referee Pay
- End of Season Bonus
- Quick Referee Tips
- Team Contributions
REGISTER & START YOUR U.S. SOCCER CERTIFICATION TODAY!
Grassroots-First – time Referees
This course is for new, first time referees that have not been previously certified or registered.
Grassroots referees can officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth and amateur adult matches.
In order to certify as a First Time Grassroots Referee, you must meet the follow eligibility standards:
- 13 years or older
PART 1 – ONLINE TRAINING
PART 2 – FIELD TRAINING SESSION
All you have to do is click the link to begin the US Soccer Grassroots Referee Course at the US Soccer Learning Center.
Once you have completed those modules, return here and click the Field Training link below to choose an in-person clinic, pay the required fees and the system will guide you through the remaining online portions of the course.
You must start the coursework three days before the field session and all online modules must be completed BEFORE attending the field session you have chosen.
REIMBURSEMENT: Upon successfully completing the referee-training course you will receive a black referee badge with a current year. Referees who sign up for the course and register with Skyline will be reimbursed for 50% of their course fees after proof of registration is shown. Those who work a minimum of 8 games for Skyline will have their course fees fully reimbursed.
Contact Josh Sawyer at Josh@skylinesoccer.org for more information.
Colorado Registration System – Officials Management Solution (OMS)
This online registration system is where referees will register and make payment for online education, referee training on field & in classrooms, register for fitness tests, request on field evaluations for upgrade, upload your SafeSport certificate, maintain correct contact information for Assignors and more. (OMS is taking the place of CRA Group 1279 in GameOfficials for Registration & Learning).
Step 1 – Register & Pay in OMS
Every currently registered referee exists in the OMS Registration System.
Haven’t logged in yet? Take time to check it out now…
Your OMS Username: R(+ Your 16 Digit US Soccer ID Number with no dashes)
Your OMS Password: is your Last Name
Update these to your personal preference when you log in for the first time.
Login to OMS Here: https://coloradoreferees.omgtsys.com/
Register for this Course
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Step #2 – US Soccer Learning Center
The Learning Center is where online education is provided to all referees across the US. The Grassroots Course must be completed in the Learning Center as part of your 2020 referee recertification.
You will establish a Profile in the Learning Center (unless you already have a profile, this is possible if you have a coaching license).
The Learning Center is where you will complete online course work, complete background checks, access resources, view and print copies of your license certificates.
Establish your Learning Center Profile at: https://learning.ussoccer.com/
Select Referee Program, either Sign Up or Sign In
Learning Center Profile Instructions Here
If you are a currently registered Grade 8 Referee who is age 18 or older – this next section applies to you for 2020 recertification.
SafeSport (Age 18 & Older)
New requirement for ALL US Soccer Referees age 18 or older: you must successfully complete the SafeSport Training.
Have you completed SafeSport previously or for another organization? Great, simply upload your completion certificate in OMS. After completion of your initial SafeSport training a brief refresher is required annually.
SafeSport is complete in the US Soccer Learning Center
Courses — Available Courses — Supplemental Courses — Select SafeSport —
After completion of your SafeSport Training or Refresher Course – download & save a copy of your completion certificate. Your certificate will be uploaded into OMS.
In the US Soccer Learning Center you can provide your SafeSport Training ID
On your Learning Center Profile page — I’ve Already Done SafeSport — Enter ID from your Certificate
Background Screening (Age 18 & Older)
US Soccer requires the NCSI background screening. This screening is initiated in the Learning Center when viewing the Available Courses tab. The NCSI screening is a separate payment from any course registration and is paid the US Soccer Learning Center. NCSI Screening Instructions here. Yes, there is a fee for the screening, there has always been a fee for a background check included in your registration fee, but it was part of one payment. Going forward the screening is a separate payment and it is good for two years.
- Login to US Soccer Learning Center
- Profile Page
- Background Screening box in the lower right corner of your screen — follow prompts.
The U.S. Soccer Learning Center, a learning management system designed to house all U.S. Soccer educational programs. Starting with coaching and referee programs, sign-up for a free account and you can take part in online courses, browse for in-person courses in your area, and track your U.S. Soccer licenses and other certifications.
On completion of your initial clinic and receipt of your USSF referee badge, you should establish communication with Skyline’s Soccer Associations Referee Assignor Josh Sawyer. Josh can be reached at 720-451-5775 or email@example.com. Let him know that you want to work with Skyline and let him know you are a registered USSF referee ready to work. Josh will confirm your current registration from the list of referees provided by the State Referee Administrator.
Communication is key! Referees must constantly communicate accurate availability to Josh to let him know you are or are not available for games. Skyline uses GameOfficials.net.
Not set up with GameOfficials yet? Go to www.gameofficials.net to set up your account. Skyline is Group 1649.
Setting up your GoPay Information
- Login with your username and password at www.gameofficials.net
- Make sure you are logged in as an Official
- Under Personal Info, click on My Payments
- You will need to fill out the GoPay User Agreement if this is the first time setting up GoPay. Click on Show User Agreement. To complete the User Agreement, click I Agree.
- To setup your pay method, on your GoPay page, click on Add New Pay Method.
- Under Enter New Payment Method, select either Checking or Savings (for Direct Deposit), or Check by Mail.
- Click Continue
- Fill in your pay method details.
- For Direct Deposit, fill in your bank account information (bank name, routing number, account number and account billing address).
- For Check by Mail, fill in the mailing address where you would like GameOfficials to mail your check.
- Click Continue
- Complete the Payment Authorization page by checking the box for I Understand and agree with the terms above, as well as the Authorized Users Signature and Today’s Date.
- Click Save (Confirm Payment Method), and you’re all setup!
- Once Skyline processes payments for your games, you will receive an email notification from GoPay letting you know that you have funds available in your GoPay account.
- For Direct Deposit, funds can be released to your bank account daily. There is no additional charge from GameOfficials when using direct deposit as a pay method. It can take your bank 1-2 business days for your payment to show on your account statement.
- For Check by Mail, you will be able to click on a Request Funds button each time you would like GameOfficials to mail you a check. There is a $5.00 deduction from your total payment when mailing a check. All checks are mailed weekly as first class mail with the U.S. Postal Service and may take an additional 2 – 4 weeks to arrive.
Give all of the clubs/CSA/tournaments at least 5 business days (not including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) after the processing date to fund the payroll.
Your referee assignors are not responsible for referee pay, they just process the games and submit to the club or league for funding.
CSA Referee Bonus Information
Colorado Soccer Association and the Colorado Referee Committee have approved an “end-of-season” bonus to encourage referees to officiate multiple league matches.
Qualifying games include those worked in the Colorado Champions League (CCL), Centennial League(CENT), Secondary League (SLA/SLB) and the Mountain Region Leagues (MRL).
Escalating End-of-Season Bonus Pay
Number of League Matches Officiated
Between 20 – 29 Matches
Between 30 – 39 Matches
Between 40 – 49 Matches
Over 50 Matches
Front Range League (FRL), club in-house games, adult leagues, high school and tournament games DO NOT qualify for the bonus program.
Games worked as the center referee or the assistant referee qualify for the bonus program. A minimum of 20 games is required to earn the bonus. The 20 games can be combined games in all of the qualifying leagues.
These informative brief recaps of issues critical for referees working all levels of games but are focused on key points of emphasis for referees working CSA sanctioned league games
- QRT 1 – Fall 2018 Substitutions
- QRT 3 – Fall 2018 Law 14 The Penalty Kick
- QRT 4 – Fall 2018 Law 10 Determining the Outcome of a Match (KFTPM)
- QRT 5 – Spring 2019 Small Sided Soccer – The Build Out Line
- QRT 6 – Spring 2019 Feedback from the Fields
- QRT 7 – Fall 2019 The Build Out Line UPDATED (Small Sided Soccer)
- QRT 8 – Fall 2019 Law 16 – The Goal Kick (IFAB Update)
Center referees on all Recreational games (U9 and above) will be USSF certified. In the event that a qualified team of officials are not available, the following requirements have been approved in order to provide club trained substitutions.
Intermediate and Recreational Teams (U9-U18): All U9-U18 Intermediate and recreational teams must provide two volunteers who will attend linesman training and will be available at all home and away games to run the line if requested by the referee.
Recreational Teams (U6-U8): Skyline utilizes volunteers to officiate the fun games that take place from U6-U8. We offer a “rules class” for volunteers willing to help out with this aspect of our program. We provide a whistle and age appropriate rules.