Register for a Referee Class

West Side Soccer is currently offering referee training and classes:

Please read the instructions for How To Become a Referee before enrolling for a class. There are several steps to the process and it is important that they are completed in the correct order.

Referee Certification Classes

Classes are generally held in-person on the weekend before each season starts.  Dates will be posted here as soon as the classes are scheduled, usually one month in advance.

Here is the schedule:


Entry Level: The 8U Official class is the entry-level course.  You will be eligible to referee games in 6U, 7U and 8U after completing this course.

Course Prerequisites: Please see the green box below.

Cost: No fee. 

Where and When: Not currently scheduled. Please check back here in March 2023 or check in eTrainU for opportunities in other AYSO regions (Brooklyn, Leonia).

Second Level: The next Regional Referee (a.k.a. Basic Referee) class is our second-level course.  You will be eligible to referee games up to and including 12U after completing this course.

Course Prerequisites: 8U Official certification (can be done on the same day) OR completion of the Regional Referee Online course (via eTrainU). Please see the green box below.

Cost: No fee. 

Where and When: Not currently scheduled. Please check back here in March 2023 or check in eTrainU for opportunities in other AYSO regions (Brooklyn, Leonia).

Third Level: The Intermediate Referee class is highly recommended for referees in 13U to 19U.

Course Prerequisites: Regional Referee certification, a good knowledge of the Laws of the Game is assumed and not taught at this class but will be on the test. Pre-course preparation is recommended. Please see the green box below.

Cost: No fee. Lunch included.

Where and When: This class will be held by WSSL in January 2023. It will be offered again at the 2023 WSSL Training Super Camp in June/July 2023. 

Fourth Level: An Advanced Referee class will also be held at the 2023 Training Super Camp in June/July 2023.

Course Prerequisites: Intermediate Referee Certification, a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the Game is assumed as well as significant accumulated practical refereeing experience. Please see the green box below.

Cost: No fee. Lunch included.

Where and When: This class will be offered at the 2023 WSSL Training Super Camp in June/July 2023. 

Before enrolling for any class, AYSO requires that all volunteers have:

1) Registered on the WSSL.org website under Player & Volunteer Registration. This includes Players who want to also be a referee (player registration is not sufficient). Registration as a volunteer kicks off an annual background check for adult volunteers which is a legal requirement. Volunteers under 18 years of age do not need a background check; and, 

2) Completed the online Safe Haven course; and,

3) Completed the online CDC Concussion Awareness courses. See below.

4) Adult volunteers must complete the SafeSport online course - this is a new requirement as of 2022.  Unlike Safe Haven, this is an annual requirement.  Please visit SafeSport for more information and instructions on taking the class.

Please see the instructions below and email our Director of Referee Instruction, Michael Titowsky, or our Regional Referee Administrator, Stan Ince, with any questions or requests for training.

If you would like to prepare ahead of the class, check out the Referee Survival Kit for lots of useful information. More information about referee training can be found here.

Teen Referees

Young people aged 10 years and over, including Core and Travel soccer players and their siblings, and are very welcome to attend referee classes. Please bear in mind that classes are quite intense and take approx. 3½ hours.  WSSL awards community service credit for time in class and refereeing on the field, subject to approval by the school. The Teen Referee program welcomes new members and will make sure that you have fun as well as serving the league!

Volunteer registration for young people is a little different from that for parent volunteers. Go here for Teen Referee instructions.

How to Register for a Referee Class

These are the steps that need to be completed to register for a course. Some of them only need to be done once, if they're done properly. Please try to do these in order. It will cut down on problems and having to repeat any of these steps.

  1. Volunteer as a referee by logging into your WSSL InLeague account and checking the box for Referee on your parent profile (if you have not done this already at registration)
  2. On the WSSL InLeague website click on the mortarboard icon at the top right of the screen to go to eTrainU. Click on the green Login to eTrainU button.
  3. Go to the Training Library and under "Safe Haven" click on "View Courses".
  4. Complete the "AYSO's Safe Haven - Online" course.
  5. Complete the "CDC Concussion Awareness - Online" course.
  6. Click on "Training Events" 
  7. Select the class you want. Hint: In the "Regions" Filter, type "Region 611" (that's us!). You will see a list of all available in-person courses. Choose 'U8 Official' or 'Regional Referee Course", etc., as needed. Please note the course prerequisites explained on the "How to Become a Referee" page.
  8. Click on "Enroll". Review the details for the class (time and place and requirements). Put the class on your personal calendar!

Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness and Regional Referee Companion Courses Online

The above courses are offered online and can be taken at any time at your convenience.

  1. Go to  eTrainU (see above).
  2. Click on "Training Library".
  3. Find the course you need: Safe Haven, CDC Concussion or Regional Referee Companion Courses Online
  4. Click the blue "ENROLL" button.
  5. When you are ready, on the next page click START to complete the course.

For Safe Haven and Regional Referee Courses, all modules for each course must be taken for the course to be considered complete.