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Becoming a New Referee


If you are 11 or 12 years old or OLDER and are wondering if soccer refereeing is for you then this is the chance for you to try it at low cost and low-risk. This is entirely a win-win situation for you.

Recreation Program - Referee Info Night

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Location: Lakeville North Dome - Field 1
Time: 12:00 PM
Who Can Attend: Must be age 11+
What to Bring: MUST bring a whistle + athletic clothing

Questions?  Email Troy Cohrs at [email protected]

My name is Troy Cohrs and I am the soccer referee assignor for Lakeville Rec and travel. On the 22nd of April at Noon at the Lakeville North Dome, I am going to lead a 45-minute how-to clinic for refereeing in our Rec program and provide you with the details of how it will work. 

The Lakeville Rec program will actually provide you with a referee t-shirt that distinguishes you from the players and all you would need to do is invest in a whistle. This is the perfect place for you to try out refereeing in a very calm environment. Our Rec players start as young as age 5.

At the meeting on the 22nd we will also discuss the basics, refresh the rules, and cover things you need to know.

Our recreational games actually allow you to self assign to the games.   In other words you can look at our schedule throughout the spring and put yourself on the games you want to referee. The game pay is fantastic at anywhere between $12 to $18 per game and you can do up to six or seven games a day if you want. 

Can't wait to see you on the field on the 22nd of April at Noon. E-mail. Me with questions [email protected]

Troy Cohrs

Lakeville Referee Assignor


Troy Cohrs, Referee Assignor                                                         

[email protected] | 612-280-7857

Referee Contacts

Referee Assignor
Troy Cohrs - [email protected]

Referee "No Show" Contact - 612-280-7857

Game Assignments

All games for Lakeville SC are assigned out of Upon finishing your in-person clinic, you can contact Troy Cohrs and you will be provided access to this site. You MUST be a certified referee to work club games. Payments (via direct deposit) is also initiated out of this system.  

Please Contact the Lakeville Referee Assignors to add your availability for assignments:

Referee Assignor
Troy Cohrs - [email protected]

Age 13+ Certification Process

Ages 13+ Certification Process

Certification Process - all tasks are completed online.

The certification and recertification tasks are completed in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.
Referee Certification (New Referees) – Video | PDF
Referee Certification (Returning Referees) – Video | PDF

1.  Create a new account.
2.  Pay your Administrative and US Soccer Registration Fees ($80 in total fees)
3.  Complete the Online Courses
4.  Complete the Online Quiz
5.  Attend an in-person class
6.  Background Check and Safesport (For any referee 18 years of age and older)
All games are assigned out of Upon finishing your certification, you will be provided access to this site. Payment (via direct deposit) is also initiated out of this system.  Your certification will allow you to work any affiliated games.


Troy Cohrs, Referee Assignor                                                         

[email protected] | 612-280-7857


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where will I be assigned?

A.     Assignments are generally based off of location from your home zip code to the field zip code.

Q. To what level will I be assigned?

A.     You are allowed to center referee your age and below. You are allowed to Assistant Referee any age you feel comfortable with.

Q. How are assignments made?

A. All assignments are made via Each referee is responsible for keeping preferences and availability up-to-date at all times.

Q. Can I self-assign myself to matches?

A. Yes! You may self-assign U9-U12 matches. To self-assign, click on the link "Self-Assign" link and view the games that are available. You will only see games for leagues you are certified for (My Preferences : League/Tournament Preferences) and games on days/times you are available for (My Availability).

Q. May I request games that are open that are U13-U19?

A. Yes! To do so, visit the Open Games link in GameOfficials. Email us the corresponding game number(s) and preferred position(s).

Q. How often are assignments published?

A. Assignments are made in real-time, so it is important to have availability entered for as many future dates/times as possible.

Q. What happens after I receive an assignment?

A. When you are assigned a game, you will receive an email and, depending on if you set up your preferences to allow it, a text message. When you receive this communication, it is up to you to accept the assignment. To do so, you may reply to the email/text message with “accept” in the body of the email/text message. You have 48 hours to accept the assignment (less if the assignment is within 48 hours), although it is appreciated and strongly encouraged to accept your assignments within 24 hours.

Q. What happens if I accept a game but then have a conflict?

A. Life happens. We are generally understanding when conflicts arise, but every effort should be made to keep and honor assignments. Under no circumstance is it acceptable to decline an assignment for one assignor only to take a different game from a different assignor.

Q. How and how often are payments issued to officials?

A. All payments are issued via GameOfficials’ GOPay service. Be sure to have a pay method on file for this service. For more info and instructions for setting this up, visit:

During the summer season, every effort is made to issue payment bi-weekly to referees. 

Q. Will I receive a 1099?

A. Maybe. Each individual club issues compensation to referees; MAT does not. If you earn more than $600 with any individual club, you will receive a 1099 from that club?

Q. What if I show up to a game and there are no teams?

A. You will be paid. Be sure to notify MAT Assigning staff if this happens.

Q. What if I only want to be an assistant referee?

A. That is ok! We take experience and comfort level into account when making assignments.

Contact Us

Lakeville Soccer Club

PO Box 160 
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044

Lakeville Soccer Club

PO Box 160 
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044

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