Community Soccer League is looking for referees!

Lakeshore United will be hosting virtual soccer referee training prior to the fall season. Upon completion of this free course, attendees will be able to officiate Community Soccer league games in Cedar Grove – Belgium, Elkhart Lake, Howards Grove, Kohler, Manitowoc, Oostburg, Sheboygan, and Sheboygan Falls.

This course is recommended for all new and returning referees. We introduced a lot of play format and rule changes this past season especially for grades 1-4. Part of being a good official is to engage in constant reviewing of the rules and reflecting on how to improve.

*Individuals must be at least 13.  Adults also needed.
*Most Community Soccer League games are Saturday mornings
*Season is September 11 – October 30
*Season includes the Community Soccer League tournament October 1-3

Becoming one of our Community Soccer referees is a great opportunity for youth and adults alike. In addition to getting a unique perspective on the game, referees gain valuable leadership experience and get paid for doing so!

With flexible scheduling, referees can officiate as little or as many games as their personal schedules allow.

Virtual training will be held 8/16/2021 from 6pm to 9pm.  


If you are interested, please pre-register at the link below and the details for the Zoom meeting information will be sent to you.


Mike Thill
LUFC Community Soccer Referee Coordinator

2021 New Referee Certification Courses Open

New Referee Certification Courses, which register prospective referees for the 2021 calendar year, are available through the Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program. The courses are open now for registration and pre-course work. Pre-course work will be followed by a virtual component available from January through mid-April. Completing the course during this time will allow a new referee to take the field starting Spring 2021.

This course is for new, first time referees who have not been previously registered as a referee or a previously registered referee that has a lapse in registration.

New Grassroots Referee Course Requirements

  1. Complete all U.S. Soccer required assignments in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center
  2. Create a Game Officials account
  3. Successfully complete all pre-course work
  4. Successfully complete in-person virtual course

The steps for signing up in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center and completing the Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program requirements are located on the WISREF website. Contact WISREF Registrar, Tom Mesalk, directly with registration questions.

Course Requirements


New Grassroots Referees must:

  1. Complete all US Soccer required assignments in the US Soccer Learning Center
  2. Create a GameOfficials account
  3. Successfully complete all pre-course work
  4. Attend an in-person Virtual on-line course
  5. This is a 16 hour course.
    • The first 8 hours will be in the US Soccer Learning Center completing their required assignments.
    • Before the pandemic, you would have then attended an 8 hour in-person course for the remaining 8 hours of training.
      • The Instruction team has taken those remaining 8 hours of training and split them up this way:
        • 4 hours additional pre-course work (on your own)
        • 4 hours Virtual on-line Zoom Course (with Instructors)


This will meet the requirements to register you as a new Grassroots Referee.

These are the steps to register as a 2021 USSF Referee.

  1. Create a Referee profile in the US Soccer Learning Center per these instruction: Learning Center Sign-Up 2020-07-30. This profile is that of the Referee, not the parent.  If you have been a Referee or a coach, you will already have an identity; please do not create a duplicate profile.  If you are 18 or older, you will be prompted to pay for and complete a 2-year background check, and complete the SafeSport module – if you turn 18 during a registration period, you will be required to complete the background check and SafeSport in order to continue refereeing.
  2. Register in the following course in the Learning Center (further information is listed in this course):  NEW GRASSROOTS REFEREE 2021-ASSIGNMENT COURSE.
  3. When in the ASSIGNMENT COURSE, navigate to Courses/My Courses/Go to Classroom/Assignments, and complete the assignments.
  4. When finished with 3) above, create a GameOfficials account for assignments following these instructions: GameOfficials Account Setup 2020-07-30  Referees will be creating an account in our GameOfficials1234 system. Again, this is for the Referee, not the parent. Once the Referee has successfully completed all requirements for their 2021 registration, their 1233 assignment account will be activated.
  5. After creating a GameOfficials account, notify, and she will send you instructions for the WisRef Virtual pre-course work.
  6. Once the WisRef Virtual pre-course work is completed, again notify for the dates/times for the WisRef Virtual on-line courses (the Virtual on-line courses will be by Zoom).
  7. Attend the WisRef Virtual on-line course
  8. Badges will be mailed out upon successful completion of all the above steps.