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Referees

Referees are the lifeblood of any tournament. At Schwan's USA CUP, we attract referees from over 15 countries and 10 U.S. states who help officiate the thousands of games that take place during the tournament week. The advantage of refereeing at Schwan's USA CUP is that all games are played in one location.

All referee information concerning Schwan's USA CUP can be found in the soccer referee section of the National Sports Center website.


Application

Apply to become a referee at the greatest international youth soccer tournament in the United States! Schwan's USA CUP uses gameofficials.net for referee assigning.

Use the documents below to help with the registration process, if needed.


Required Forms

Please go to the Required Forms page on the NSC website in order to get all payroll information and documents that need to be submitted. 

  • Please note that international referees may have different requirements. Contact the referee coordinator for more information.
  • Out-of-state referees will need to submit a letter from their SRA confirming they are certified for 2018 and have permission to travel to USA CUP. 

Background Check

The background check is required by MYSA for all soccer referees from Minnesota that are of 18 years of age or older.  If your name is not on the list of approved referees, you will not be assigned  games for any of the NSC tournaments.  If you are out of state, please send a letter from your state association confirming you have completed a background check and are in good standing. Otherwise, please follow all steps at the link below in order to get it completed:

MYSA Background Check

 

International Referees

Referees from outside the United States should contact our international referee ambassadors listed below. If your country doesn't have an ambassador, contact referee@nscsports.org at 763.792.7312.

U.K. Referees

Danish and German Referees (and other European Countries)

          Executive Director: REFEX

Norwegian and Swedish Referees

Canadian Referees

Romanian Referees

Portuguese Referees

 

Important Dates and Information

Schwan's USA CUP Weekend Referee Schedule

Referee Registration Deadline Friday, June 29, 2018
Referee Assignments Available Online Friday, July 6, 2018
Deadline to Accept/Decline Referee Assignments Online Monday, July 9, 2017 by 10 p.m.


Mandatory Referee Final Check-In/Informational Meeting (Referees must attend one meeting)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018: 6 p.m. Victory Links Clubhouse-NSC Campus
Thursday, July 11, 2018: 6 p.m. Victory Links Clubhouse- NSC Campus
Tournament Play Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15, 2018


Schwan's USA CUP Referee Schedule

Referee Registration Deadline Monday, July 2, 2018
Referee Assignments Available Online Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Deadline to Accept/Decline Referee Assignments Online Saturday, July 14, 2018 by  10 p.m.


Mandatory Referee Final Check-In/Informational Meeting (Referees must attend one meeting)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018: 6 p.m. Victory Links Clubhouse-NSC Campus
Thursday, July 12, 2018: 6 p.m. Victory Links Clubhouse-NSC Campus
Monday, July 16, 2018: 6 p.m. NSC Classroom (above Sports Hall)
Tournament Play Tuesday, July 17-Saturday, July 21, 2018

 

Official Sports

As the official partner of Schwan's USA CUP, all officials are required to wear an Official Sports Referee Jersey for all championship games throughout the tournament. It is strongly encouraged to purchase an Official Sports jersey prior to the start of the tournament. For a wide selection of purchase options, please visit the Official Sports website.

2018 Referee Compensation

Schwan's USA CUP Weekend

Tournament plays 25-30 minute halves, with exception of finals. Referees will be compensated on a per game basis according to the USSF grade schedule. For non-USSF graded referees, a foreign grade equivalent will apply.

  • Grade 4 & above: $27 center, $22 line
  • Grade 5: $26 center, $21 line
  • Grade 6: $25 center, $20 line
  • Grade 7-State Track: $23 center, $19 line
  • Grade 7/8: $22 center, $17 line
  • Grade 9: $15 line
  • Standby: $15

Schwan's USA CUP

Tournament plays 25-45 minute halves, with exception of finals. Referees will be compensated on a per game basis according to the USSF grade schedule. For non-USSF graded referees, a foreign grade equivalent will apply.

  • Grade 4 & above: $36 center, $29 line
  • Grade 5: $35 center, $28 line
  • Grade 6: $33 center, $26 line
  • Grade 7-State Track: $31 center, $24 line
  • Grade 7/8: $29 center, $21 line
  • Grade 9: $16 line
  • Standby: $16

Schwan's USA CUP Weekend and Schwan's USA CUP referee package also offers subsidized housing/meal options, a referee shirt, a souvenir flipping coin, referee activities including transportation to activities, shuttles on-site to games and free airport transfers.

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  •  Adult: $25
  • Youth: $15

International Referee Compensation

International referees working any NSC Soccer Tournament will receive credit based on U.S. referee compensation levels. For Schwan's USA CUP Weekend and Schwan's USA CUP, credits will first be applied to NSC housing and meal expenses. After covering these expenses, any remaining credits may then be applied to travel expenses incurred in coming to the NSC. The NSC is NOT responsible for ANY travel expenses incurred by referees. All referees should be aware that they will have to cover all of their travel expenses.

NSC Residence Hall housing is not available for NSC Spring Cup, NSC CUP, NSC All American Cup, Fall Cup, Kick or Treat or Holiday Classic tournaments. Please contact the referee coordinator to discuss application of international referee credits. You may email the referee coordinator or call 763.717.3242.

Lodging

Residence Hall

Housing is offered for Schwan's USA CUP Weekend and Schwan's USA CUP in the NSC Residence Hall. For the discounted rate of $38 USD (regularly $47.50) per night, you will receive bed/one set of linens and three meals per day in the NSC dining room. The residence hall also offers air conditioning and cable TV.

Due to the large number of referees that have shown interest in previous years, there is a potential option of housing referees offsite (about 15 minutes from campus). Those individuals will be contacted directly by the referee coordinator. 

Dorm Applications

The residence hall fills quickly. If you are interested in attending USA CUP and would like to reserve a spot, please contact referee@nscsports.org with any lodging questions. 

Hotel

Click here for hotel information and listings for USA CUP. If you need additional information contact the referee coordinator at 763.717.3238 or referee@nscsports.org.

Transportation

We suggest you secure your housing prior to planning your transportation. For information on housing options available to referees visit the lodging information.

Referee Arrivals/Departures

All referees coming from outside the Minneapolis area must send all travel information to the referee coordinator. Airport transportation schedules depend on the information received. Referees staying at dorms provided by the tournament can find staff at the USA CUP booth near baggage claim door #5 at Terminal 1. 

TENTATIVE Airport Shuttles

Schwan's USA CUP provides transportation shuttles from the airport to the National Sports Center. The 2018 schedule will be posted when available. Please note the following:

  • Arrival and departure times MUST be sent to Karah Lodge
    by Friday July 6, 2018 or transportation will not be guaranteed. Flight information must include all connections and flight numbers. 
  • Arrival transportation will be provided on July 11-12 and July 16. Departure transportation will only be provided on Sunday, July 22. All other times are subject to finding transportation on your own. Please keep these dates in mind when booking your flights!!

Transportation During USA CUP

Transportation is provided to and from the NSC to all official Schwan's USA CUP activities/destinations only. However, you may want to consider renting a vehicle while you are here for other non-tournament/off-site attractions. Schwan’s USA CUP also provides on-site referee shuttles between playing fields.

Tournament Rules

Click here for in depth tournament rules.

Karah Lodge

Referee Coordinator

Phone: 763-717-3238 Fx: 763.785.5699

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