Recertification For Returning Referees


Welcome to the first step in referee recertification!

The Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program has changed its referee registration and instruction system to the “Officials Management System” (OMS).  The State Referee Program no longer uses GameOfficials.

To log into to OMS, you will need a User ID and Password.  Your User ID is your USSF ID number with “R” in front of the number and no dashes or spaces.  Your Password is probably your last name (lower case). If you do not know your User ID, select “Forgot Username.”  The system will e-mail your Username to you. If you do not know your Password, select “Forgot Password.” The system will e-mail a link to you to create a new password.

If you will be 18 years old or older during the referee year, SafeSport certification and a background check will also be required.  These requirements are built into the registration and online instruction process.

For Grassroots Referees (formerly Grade 7, 8, and 9 Referees)

  • Online instruction will be done via the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program (MDCVSRP) Officials Management System and the US Soccer Learning Center.  Most referees need 6-7 hours to complete the online instruction.
  • Classroom instruction is scheduled at various locations and lasts about 2.5 hours.
  • Upon successful completion of all phases of instruction, you will be certified as a Grassroots Referee.

For Regional Referees (formerly Grade 5 and 6 Referees)

  • Online instruction (SafeSport, Providing a Healthy and Safe Playing Environment, and Test) will be done via the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program (MDCVSRP) Officials Management System.  Most referees need 2-3 hours to complete the online instruction. 
  • Classroom instruction is scheduled at various locations and lasts about 4 hours.
  • Upon successful completion of all phases of instruction, you will be certified as a Regional Referee.

For Emeritus Regional Referees (formerly Emeritus State Referees) and Emeritus National Referees

  • You have a choice completing recertification with the Grassroots Referee Recertification – Adult Games or Regional Referee Recertification.

There are step-by-step directions to guide you through the process, on creating a profile, and registering for courses.

You will have to set up three User IDs and Passwords: one for Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program, one for US Soccer Learning Center, and one for SafeSport.  Because these are all for being a referee, you can use the same User ID and Password.  When you enter your name, be careful to use the same name consistently, for example, Thomas vs Tom.

 Registration and Instruction Process


The first thing you will do is go to the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program’s Officials Management System (OMS).  This is where you will register as a referee, sign up for a clinic, and complete online instruction.

To recertify as a referee, you will need to do the following:

  1. Create your username and password and enter your personal information.

  2. Pay your referee registration fee.

  3. Sign up for a referee clinic from the list of available clinics.

  4. Complete your online instruction lessons.

  5. Attend the classroom and field instruction sessions, only after completing all online instruction.

The link to the OMS homepage for the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program is this:  If needed, you can return to our OMS system to manage your personal information or sign up for other clinics.

In OMS, the “I want to:” and “I need Help” buttons will be helpful.

Online Instruction Lessons

The online instruction consists of four parts.

On your OMS Member Home Page, to the right of the clinic that you reserved, click to “Online Lessons” button.  This will take you to the OMS page where you Take/Retake each of the online lessons.

Part 1:  US Soccer Digital Learning Center (DLC) Online Course (about 4.5 hours)  Before you start the Learning Center Online Course, there is an Introduction to the DLC to explain how to initially sign up in the Learning Center, create a profile, log into the Learning Center, and start your Learning Center Online Course.  Using the Go to US Soccer Learning Center box on the next to last slide in the Introduction, sign up and create your profile in the Learning Center.  Log out of the DLC and return to OMS and reselect the Go to US Soccer Learning Center box in the Learning Center Introduction.  Then, begin the Learning Center Online Instruction, “DCV Grassroot Recerts – Online Course (Hidden)”.  

When you complete the US Soccer Learning Center Online Instruction, save the certificate of completion to show the instructor(s), if needed.  Then return to our Officials Management System (OMS), and select "Online Lessons" to complete the other three parts of the online instruction.

Part 2:  Providing a Healthy and Safe Playing Environment (about 30 minutes) 

Part 3:  2020 Grassroots Recertification Test (about 30 minutes)

Part 4:  SafeSport Training
 Every referee who will be 18 years old and older during the soccer year must complete SafeSport Training (about 1.5 hours).  We cannot certify any referee 18 years or older without SafeSport Training.  Save your certificate of completion.  

To upload your certificate of completion after completing the SafeSport Training, return to your OMS "Member Home Page," select "I want to:", then select “Provide SafeSport Documentation."  

After you upload the document you must go back to the OMS lesson and continue where you left off. You must answer the two questions and complete the module.  Clear the error code that appears on the next to the last screen.  Then you must wait 15-20 seconds while the lesson closes out and takes you back to the lesson list. At that point, you must select the “Push Here to Update Results (after completing the lesson)” and again wait 20 seconds while the lesson list is updated.  If you close the windows too soon the lesson will not be updated.

The Risk Management Officer (RMO) needs to verify your certificate and review and approve your Background Check before this lesson shows as complete.  The RMO verifies, reviews, and approves risk management daily.

Note:  Please do not waste everyone's time trying to attend the in-person clinic without completing all of the online instruction.  You will not be admitted to the class if the roster shows that all online lessons have not been completed.