All United States Soccer Federation (USSF) affiliate members require that all referees be currently registered by the USSF. In order to register a referee must first be qualified. Normally this means taking a USSF referee training course conducted by a Instructional program within one of the recognized state programs. The minimum age to attend referee training is 13 years of age (set by USSF), but you should be aware however that some leagues set their own minimum age for referees which can be higher but not lower, primarily because of child labor laws that are enforced on a state by state basis. The Missouri Referee Development Program (MRDP) offers USSF Entry Referee clinics. After clinic completion, and in order to be assigned any youth games, a background check is required for anyone age 18 or older plus SafeSport online training is mandatory for ALL referees. Leagues that use un-registered referees that are younger than 13 have to accept the liability that comes with using them.
On-line training is done through https://mrdp.gameofficials.net The Missouri Referee Development Program (MRDP) offers training clinics in each of the four MRDP Districts, which mirror the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) districts. Any interested person may attend any posted clinic provided they meet the criteria. You must have a profile on https://mrdp.gameofficials.net to be able to see or register for an upcoming clinic. If you feel you meet the criteria, and yet the system won't let you signup, or it asks for a "code", contact your district online support or email [email protected].
MRDP District on-line support volunteers:
To determine which district you live in, click here: District Administration Map