Refereeing in Montana is very rewarding; however, advancing beyond the lowest level here is difficult due to a few limiting factors. We do not currently have a state-wide adult amatuer soccer league where full-length matches are played as required as part of the Regional Referee upgrade and recertification process. We also do not have enough Referee Coaches to perform the assessments on those matches as required by U.S. Soccer. You can learn more about the U.S. Soccer Referee Pathway by clicking this link. 

The Montana SRC recognizes these issues and has instituted the below upgrade process to recognize those referees that should be a Regional Referee but don't have the means to do so.

2023/2024 Evaluation Proccess for Officials - (PDF)

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A new license was introduced in 2023 within the State of Montana called the "Advanced Referee". Referees that meet the below requirements may upgrade to this new license. Benefits of upgrading include assignment priority for leagues and in-state tournaments, recognition of your advancement for assignors both here in Montana and when traveling as well as some leagues or tournaments will pay a higher game fee or bonus. The requirements are not quite as strict as upgrading to a Regional Referee, but the online course work is the same.

Please note that U.S. Soccer will still recognize you as only a "Referee." This is an in-state upgrade.


Step 1: Start at OMS

All current 2022 referees have been imported into OMS. DO NOT CREATE A NEW MEMBER REGISTRATION!

6. At the top, click on Registration, then Register for Clinic / Fitness Test. 

7. Answer the top question and click on Referee and Upgrade, then Submit.

8. Back on your Home or Dashboard screen, you'll now see the Advanced Referee Upgrade clinic is now available. Click on Reserve Clinic. This will add the fees required to the right and activate the payment process.

9. You'll now have access to the Online Lessons on your dashboard. If you've already completed the safety courses, you'll be able to bypass those.

Step 2: Request and Complete Assessments

1. Before requesting an assessment, you should notify your local assignor of your intent to upgrade and that you need to be assigned to the required matches. Once you accept those matches, go to your OMS Dashboard and go to Advancement > Request Assessment (You'll do this for both Center and AR. Ignore the Record AR Assessment.)

Note: Assessments for upgrades may be done before or after you request to upgrade, as long as they are within 12 months of completing the upgrade process.

2. Select the year you are upgrading for and enter your assigned game information and click Submit.

A request will be sent to the Director of Assessment for review and a Referee Mentor will be assigned to your match. In the event that one is not available, you may need to cancel the request and find another assessable match at another date or time. You will be notified when a Mentor is assigned and that payment is now due for the assessment. This must be paid before the assignment is finalized.