Wisconsin is currently in the midst of the larget soccer referee shortage. Referee membership is currently down over 50% since last year. Referees are crucial to the learning and betterment of the game of soccer. Unless there are more referees who register for Spring, it will be difficult to fill referees at every level of the youth game.
Milwaukee Kickers Referee Initiative
Milwaukee Kickers is excited to announce our new Referee Reimbursement Policy to help offset recertification costs. Referees are eligible for this reimbursement if they match the below criteria:
1). Are currently a player or a parent of Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club
2). Referee 8 Kickers recreational game, youth academy game, or Uihlein Soccer Park tournament game in Spring 2021
Reimbursement amount will be proportional to the amout of referees applying for reimbursement but will not exceed $70. To apply for the reimbursement, please contact Kyle Trimble. The deadline for applying for reimbursement is July 1st.
Become a Referee
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 Janaury 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 GameOfficials 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.
If you are a returning referee, please contact Tom Mesalk for recertification information.