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  • A part time job with excellent money making opportunities.
  • A way to keep yourself physically fit, mentally alert and emotionally regulated.
  • An opportunity to learn organization and time management skills.
  • A way to improve your interpersonal skills by making you a better listener, observer and communicator.
  • A way to be directly involved in some great soccer!


If you have ever considered becoming a referee for CMYSA travel soccer, now is the time to begin your training to be prepared for the upcoming season. There is no minimum age for youth working as travel referees and assistant referees.

As a new referee, you have certain requirements that you need to complete before you take the field for the first time.

  • Step 1: Register with
  • Step 2: Pay your $20 State Administrative and $40 US Soccer Registration Fees
  • Step 3: Complete the Online Training (the online portion of the training is 22 video modules that take about 8 hours to complete.)
  • Step 4: Sign Up and Attend Your 8 hour Classroom Clinic (a clinic is being offered in St. Cloud on April 23, 2017, 7:30am-4:30pm)
  • Step 5: Pass the USSF Grade 8 Test
  • Step 6: Complete the MYSA Background Check (for any referee 18 years or older working MYSA games)
  • Step 7: Once you have completed these steps, purchase a Ref Uniform and contact CMYSA to receive game assignments.

There is a need for more certified soccer referees in our area so we strongly encourage those who are interested in more information to visit the MN State Referee Committee website.

If you are a parent of a child that is interested, here is a link to specific information just for you.

If you have questions, reach out to Lissa Staples, Travel Director,, 223-4594 or contact our local representative:

Mike From
State Ref Mentor, MSHSL Ref
CMYSA Board Member
home (320) 252-8820
cell (320) 250-7738


Adult referees (18 years or older) who will be working MYSA sanctioned games or tournaments are required to complete a background check. 
Background checks are initiated through the Affinity Sports Registration platform and are processed by the McDowell Agency.
Go to this website to get started: MYSA Background Check
*If you complete a background check as a CMYSA club manager, coach, administrator, etc. you do not need to complete the referee background check.
Please send an email to with your name and the club you did the background check with.

REF PAY 2017

U11/U12 U13/U14 U15/U16 U17/U18
Center Ref $30 $35 $40 $45
AR $18 $23 $28 $33