Referee Resources

Information to Become a Referee

For information on the steps to become a referee, please refer to the MN State Referee Committee website and follow the directions below:

If you would like to ref for Salvo Soccer Club, you must complete the steps below. Registration for new referees is open July-April.

  1. Read the Expectations & Requirements below.
  2. Complete the referee Certification through the Minnesota SRC.
  3. Create a GameOfficials account, join the Salvo SC group, and update "My Preferences".
  4. Set up GOPay through GameOfficials.

To register to referee league games and/or for the Salvo SC tournaments, please select the league or tournament under the "League/Tournament Preferences" on the "My Preferences" in GameOfficials.

IconExpectations & Requirements

All referees must abide by Salvo Soccer Club’s Expectations and Requirements. Salvo SC reserves the right not to assign you to games and/or to remove you from games that you have already been assigned to for failure to abide by these Expectations and Requirements. These apply to ALL Salvo SC referees, irrespective of age or experience level.

Mandatory attendance at all games for which you are scheduled: If you fail to show up to a game that you have been assigned without contacting the Salvo Soccer Club’s Referee Assignor and/or without due cause, you may be removed from future assignments. If you find a sub for your game, you must notify Salvo Soccer Club's Referee Assignor before the game.

Arrive at each game with proper attire and equipment: All refs will wear proper refereeing attire: official referee (Yellow primary, recommend blue as backup) shirt, black footwear, and black shorts (no stripes and proper length, short shorts or basketball shorts are not appropriate) and no jewelry. You also need to bring a whistle, flags, cards, a reliable stopwatch, etc. Salvo Soccer Club reserves the right to remove refs from future assignments of referees who consistently fail to wear the proper attire or bring the necessary equipment.

Arrive at each game 30 minutes before the scheduled start time: All officials will arrive at the field a minimum of 30 minutes before kick-off, ready to check the teams in and start the game on time. If you are running late, please notify the other referees assigned to the game. If you do not have their contact info, call or text Colleen Hase at 612-655-3556 (if texting, please include your name and what game you will be late for). If you arrive late and a replacement has been called in, you will not be paid for that game. Salvo Soccer Club reserves the right to remove refs from future assignments who consistently fail to arrive in a timely manner.

Exhibit professionalism at all times: Professionalism includes your attitude and demeanor on the field, the manner in which you interact with players, coaches, and spectators, and also such matters as only taking the monies due to you and informing the Referee Assigner or other club official of any known conflict of interest [e.g., refereeing a close friend or family member].

After Game Report: ALL refs, including ARs, need to enter information in GameOfficials for league games. After your game, go to “After Games” and click on the "Game Number". This will bring you to a new screen. You will need to enter the "Final Score" and then answer the "Game Summary Information" questions. These are three yes/no questions and you just click the box. If any of the questions are yes, please type a comment in the "Summary Notes To Admin Users". You can also type a comment in this section to report any concerns that we should be aware of, such as holes in the nets; marginal field conditions; issues with coaches, fans, or players; or other comments. Failure to do this WILL delay your pay. If someone else has already completed it, please verify the information is correct and click save.

IconCertification & Recertification

A summary of the certification procedures is listed below. For more information on the process, please refer to the Training Requirements page on the Minnesota State Referee Committee website. If you have any questions on the certification or recertification process, please contact Colleen Hase.


  1. Set up a new account on
  2. Pay the required $80 registration fee
  3. Complete the online training (approximately 15 hours)

Recertification is required annually. Registration is open. Each level has different requirements depending on if you are staying at the same level or upgrading. Please refer to the SRC site for your requirements.

For the 2023 recertification, it is a new process. The MNSRC has created the following document that will walk you through the process:

Our referee coordinator, Colleen, has also created a 4-minute video that will walk you through the process:

*Recertification Video*

If you run into any issues or have any questions please contact Colleen.

Thanks, and we look forward to working with you in the future!


Twin Cities Soccer League has posted its referee manual to provide match-day guidance on how to check teams in and report issues to the league. Please familiarize yourself with this manual:

Twin Cities Soccer League Referee Manual

After Game Score Reporting:

  1. GotSoccer After Game Score Report (Note that no Ref Accounts are needed, this is a generic reporting)
  2. Click on "Referee Scoring & Reporting"
  3. Event ID# COMING SOON FOR 2022
  4. Event PIN# COMING SOON FOR 2022
  5. Game Number from GameOfficials or roster

MYSA uses Affinity for league management. This includes an online team check-in and the center referee posting the match report online. MYSA expects the match report to be completed the same day of the game.

ALL REFS (Including ARs) should set up an Affinity account. ARs can also help with the online check-in at the field.

Affinity Support Line - 855-703-2578 (call this number if there is an issue with Affinity during team check-in).

If you are assigned a National League game, please review the below links. There are different modifications than MYSA and also different reporting requirements.

IconMentor Program

Salvo Soccer Club started the Referee Mentor Program in 2011 with one mentor and the desire to improve the level of refereeing and retention of youth referees. We have conducted several on-the-field training sessions and have mentored hundreds of referees. Several Salvo SC referees have upgraded to State Grade 6 and State Track Grade 7 level referees. Salvo SC referees have been selected to attend the SRC Referee Academy and to referee at Region II Championships and ODP events. Salvo SC referees have also been awarded the MYSA Youth Referee of the Year award.

Salvo Soccer Club has teamed up with other clubs in the area to provide our referees with beginner, intermediate, and advanced program levels.

Member clubs include:

  • Salvo Soccer Club
  • BV United Soccer Club
  • Lakeville Soccer Club
  • Prior Lake Soccer Club
  • Shakopee Soccer Association

These sessions are for referees with 0-2 years of experience. They consist of an hour of classroom training and refereeing and/or assistant refereeing 8v8 scrimmages. Please wear your referee uniform. If you are a new referee and have not purchased your uniform yet, please wear a yellow t-shirt, black shorts and black socks.

Sessions will be scheduled soon. Please check back.

These sessions are for referees with 1-3 plus years of experience who are focusing on intermediate skills and improving their comfort in youth games. Sessions will include classroom training and scrimmages. Classroom sessions are approximately once a month in the off-season and will include different guest speakers.

If you are interested in participating in the Intermediate Mentor Group, please e-mail Colleen Hase.

These sessions are for referees with 3 plus years of experience who want to officiate higher-level youth soccer games and advance to the next level. Sessions will include classroom training and scrimmages. The classroom sessions are approximately once a month in the off-season and will include different guest speakers. The group will also meet at a few tournaments during the MYSA Summer Season and take the SRC fitness test.

Members of this group have refereed in several different events and leagues, including the State Cup; MYSA State Tournament; US Youth Soccer Region II tournaments; US Youth National tournaments; National League (formerly MRL); National Premier Soccer League; Women's Premier Soccer League; and high school, college, and adult leagues. Members of this group also train to become mentors and work with younger referees to provide them feedback.

If you are interested in participating in the Advanced Mentor Group, please e-mail Colleen Hase.

GameOfficals Set-Up Instructions

To ref for Salvo SC, you need to have a GameOfficials account. Below are instructions for new users and current users of GameOfficials. If you have any questions or problems setting up an account in GameOfficials, please contact Colleen Hase.

After creating your account, please update "My Preferences" to identify what type of games you would like to referee for Salvo SC. Then set up GoPay. This can be done by clicking on "My Payments" in GameOfficials.

IconNew Users

Only use these instructions to set up an account if you do not have an account with GameOfficials. If you have an account with another group, please follow the "Current Users" instructions below to join the Salvo Soccer Club group. To request an initial username and password, do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “New Official?” link (left-hand side of the screen in green).
  3. Enter the following under the “Group Number and Access Code” box:
    • Group Number = 1123
    • Access Code = salvo
  4. Click “Continue”
  5. Enter the following information:
    • Name, First & Last
    • Email address
    • Username
    • Password
  6. Click on “SAVE (Create New Account)”
  7. You will receive a message “Welcome to Game!”, click on OK
  8. Input your username and password and click “Log In”
  9. After you log in for the first time, check the box “I Agree With These Terms” and click “Continue”.
  10. From the “Officials Maintenance” screen, enter the following information:
    • Date of Birth
    • Address, City, State, and Zip Code
    • Phone Numbers
    • Additional Email Addresses
    • Other Information
  11. Click on “SAVE (Modify Official)”

After you log in, update your personal information by clicking on the "My Info" link. Please enter "Cell / Pager / Email Notices" and enter your cell phone and carrier information so you can receive text messages with schedule changes.

Update "League/Tournament Preferences" under the "My Preferences" tab and click on the boxes for the league and tournaments that you would like to ref.

IconCurrent Users

If you already have a login to, you can link your account to the Salvo Soccer Club group by logging in and using the "Join Group" feature on the "My Assignors" page.

To join the Salvo SC group, do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “My Assignors” link (left-hand side of the screen under “Personal Info”).
  3. Click on the “(Show)” link (left-hand side of the “Join New Group” dialog box inside “MY ASSIGNORS”).
  4. Enter the following under the “Join Existing Group” box:
    • Group/Assignor Nbr = 1123
    • Group Access Code = salvo
  5. Click “Join Group”

After you Join the Salvo Soccer Club Group, please take a moment to update your personal information by clicking on the "My Info" link. Please enter "Cell / Pager / Email Notices" and enter your cell phone and carrier information so you can receive text messages with schedule changes.

Update "League/Tournament Preferences" under the "My Preferences" Tab and click on the boxes for the league and tournaments that you would like to referee.

IconOther GameOfficials Codes

Club, Assignor Code, & Access Code:

  • BV United, 1210, BVU
  • Cottage Grove, 1227, 1227
  • Eagan, 1639, 1639
  • East Ridge, 1057, 1057
  • Lakeville, 1066, SSM
  • Prior Lake, 1113, PLSC
  • Shakopee, 1212, SSA
  • Bloomington, 1066, SSM
  • Northfield, 1301, 8426
  • Inver Grove Heights, 1422, IGH

Follow the instructions above, but use the other clubs' codes to join their GameOfficial groups. Note that each club uses GameOfficials a little differently, so pay attention to each assignor's instructions.

Your address and phone numbers are the same for each group, but you will need to answer general questions and update the "My Preferences" for each group. Use the "Change Identity" to switch between groups.

IconGameOfficials Tips

You can request as many games as you want. However, the system will not let you request games that would create a conflict (same time or overlapping times). If you are not assigned a game, you should remove your request. Even if a game is assigned to others, the open request will prevent you from requesting other games, or when the system is opened for self-assigning, the open request will prevent you from self-assigning for a period that there is an open request.

There are normally several games that refs turn back. These games will be opened up for self-assigning. If you did not remove the requests for games that were not assigned to you, the request could potentially prevent you from self-assigning. You will need to delete the requests before you can self-assign for a game that you have an open request conflict. Please check the system periodically. Usually, I will not send out e-mail notifications for open games unless the open game is less than 2 days away.

If a reschedule occurs, your assignment status could change. If the reschedule is for the same day, your accepted status stays the same. If the game is rescheduled to a different day, then your status is changed to “posted,” and you will need to go in and accept the change. If you do not accept the change, you will automatically be removed from the game by the system after 1 day. If the new game date is less than 1 day away and I don’t receive a quick response, I may remove you and assign someone else.

GameOfficials sends out emails for all changes to a game. If you receive an email that identifies “Official removed from game”, this means that one of the other refs is no longer on the game. If you are removed from the game, your email will state, “Unassigned from game.”

Please sign up for this so you will receive text messages about assignments and game changes. This needs to be done under the My Info section. Once you have done this, send yourself a test text by clicking the (Send Test Msg) link to verify it is working.

For league games, the system assumes that you are available unless you have updated to mark it as unavailable. Since the league assignments are based on your requests or self-assigning, it is not critical to keep them updated during the season. However, for Salvo SC tournaments, the system assumes that you are not available unless you mark that you are available. Assignments are done based on when you are available, so you do need to update for the tournament weekends.

To block certain teams, go to “My Preferences” and click on “Add New Game Conflict”. Then enter the league and team. This can be used to block you from refereeing your sibling's game or blocking a team that you do not want to referee. Also, this needs to be updated annually. For example, in 2021, you blocked the DKTGU13C201. If you don't change this for 2022, you could still be blocking this team even though they moved up to U14C2.

Same as blocking teams, input your team and then click on the “Block Availability” box. Then whenever you have a home game, it will show you as unavailable during the game. By doing this, it will prevent you from accidentally signing up for a game when you are playing. Or if you are already signed up for the game and there is a date/time change, I will receive a notification of a scheduling conflict.

Additional Referee Questions

If you have any questions about the process of becoming a referee, joining the referee mentor program, or using any of the referee systems, please contact Colleen Hase anytime.


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