Come Join Us!

We are always looking to add youth and adult referees to our roster. Our goal is to provide excellent officiating at each game, while assigning our pool of referees the games that fit their skills and schedule. We offer competitive pay, upgrade bonuses, and mentors to help new referees improve.

To become a referee for the Blackhawks you must complete these steps:

  1. Complete referee certification and training through the Minnesota State Referee Committee (SRC) and register for a clinic
  2. Complete concussion training and, if you are 18 or older, complete the MYSA Background Check
  3. Create a Game Officials account and join the MAT Assigning group using
    • Group Number 1066
    • Access Code SSM
  4. Update your preferences and availability in Game Officials so that you can get some games!

Referee Certification and Recertification Clinics

You must be US Soccer-certified to referee games for the Blackhawks. New referee training is typically held from January through April every year. The first part of the training is done online. The second part is a 4-hour in-person clinic. Some optional on-field sessions are also offered. The clinics and on-field sessions are held throughout the Twin Cities in the late winter and early spring. In 2020, Blackhawks will host a clinic at the Blackhawk’s home of Orchard Rec Center on Saturday, April 11.

For more information on becoming a referee, and to sign up visit the Minnesota State Referee Committee website. Click on the New Referee button for a step by step guide and and informational video aimed at parents of potential new youth referees.

Receiving Assignments

Bryce Bockin of MAT Assigning is the new referee assignor for Blackhawks home matches. MAT uses the Game Officials system to assign referees to Blackhawk games.

Here’s the complete checklist of steps to complete after you’ve passed your referee test:

  1. Read the MAT Assigning Welcome Letter
  2. Sign up with the Game Officials online assignment system and join the MAT Assigning group with Group Number “1066” and Access Code “SSM” — details are in the Welcome letter. Remember, you must set your availability and preferences before you can be assigned any games!
  3. If you will be over 18 any time this season (by July 31), complete the MYSA Background check. Go to this website and be sure you’re in the Ref Background Check tab:
  4. View the CDC concussion training course that’s required by state law (don’t worry, it’s easier than your other training!):
  5. Familiarize yourself with the differences between MYSA league games and TCSL league games
  6. Get games!

Questions/More Information

Ben Exley
Referee Director
(612) 234-1138

Referee Pay Scale (as of Summer 2019)

Level Center AR
U17–U19 $50 $40
U15–U16 $38 $26
U13–U14 $34 $23
U11–U12 $28 $18
U9–U10 $25 $14