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Referee Background Checks

Background Check: Adult Referees

The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association requires that all adult referees complete an annual background check. All referees who are at least 18 years old must meet the background check requirements before they can participate in any MYSA-related activities.

Background checks are valid on a calendar year basis (January 1 through December 31). The period for completing a background check for 2018 opened on November 1, 2017. Background checks that were completed before November 1, 2017 will expire on December 31, 2017. Background checks that are completed on or after November 1, 2017 will expire on December 31, 2018.

Click on this link to begin a background check:

Use the reference guide if you have questions. Technical questions regarding the process or account information may be directed to the Affinity Sports helpline at 855-703-2578.

For a copy of your background check report, contact The McDowell Agency.
The McDowell Agency, Inc.
1108 N Snelling Ave, St. Paul MN 55108

Non-Resident Referee Process

Per United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer), non-United States residents wishing to officiate in the United States must do the following:

  1. Submit an application page (link included) for every tournament they are attending.
  2. Submit a copy of their passport.
  3. Submit a letter from their federation indicating that they have a valid Background Check and are approved to travel and officiate outside of their country.

The United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer), needs to receive the above mentioned materials no less than two weeks in advance of the first intended officiating date. Information should be submitted to Rachel Lawrence at