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Referees are the lifeblood of any tournament. At 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 USA CUP is that all games are played in one location.

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


USA CUP uses GAME OFFICIALS for referee assigning.

Visit and sign in, then join the National Sports Center assigning group.

Use the documents below to help with the registration process.  Mark your interest in the tournament on GameOfficials under "My Preferences", then selecting USA Cup under the "League/Tournament Preferences" tab.  Be sure your availability is entered in GameOfficials.

Non-MINNESOTA Referees

We are disappointed to inform you that USA CUP has been notified by US Soccer and Minnesota’s State Referee Administrator that the tournament will be unable to host foreign referees this year as US Soccer will not sanction any 2021 tournaments in the United States that include foreign officials. Please see our official statement below.

After an application is submitted, you can update and access your account HERE.

Click the topics below for additional information and resources related to becoming a Referee at USA CUP. 

Required Forms

MN resident referees: 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. 

Non-MN resident referees:  Send the following information to the referee coordinator.

  • Name and contact info of your State Referee Administrator.
  • If under 18 years old, photocopy of proof of age document (ex. birth certificate or passport).


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, we will ask your state association to confirm you have completed a background check and are in good standing. If you do not have a background check completed through your state association, please follow all steps at the link below in order to get it completed:

MYSA Background Check


Important Dates and Information

Non-MN Resident Referee Deadlines

Application Deadline Friday, June 18, 2021
Required Document Deadline Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Flight Info/Dorm Reservation Deadline *limited dorm space available Wednesday, June 23, 2021


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

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 6:30 p.m. Centerville Elementary Cafeteria- NSC Campus
Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:30 p.m. Centerville Elementary Cafeteria - NSC Campus
Monday, July 12, 2021 6:30 p.m. Centerville Elementary Cafeteria - NSC Campus


Official Sports

As the official partner of USA CUP, all officials are encouraged 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.


Residence Hall

Housing is offered for USA CUP Weekend and 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 with any lodging questions. Dorm reservations can be made between Wednesday, July 7, 2021 and Sunday, July 18, 2021 only.  


Click here for hotel information and listings for USA CUP. If you need additional information contact the referee coordinator at 612.219.1689 or


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 #4A at Terminal 1. 

TENTATIVE Airport Shuttles

USA CUP provides transportation shuttles from the airport to the National Sports Center. The 2021 schedule will be posted when available. Please note the following:

  • Arrival and departure times MUST be sent to Rhonda Dammer
    by Friday June 25, 2021 or transportation will not be guaranteed. Flight information must include all connections and flight numbers. 
  • Arrival transportation will be provided on July 7-8 and July 12. Departure transportation will only be provided on Sunday, July 18. 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 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. USA CUP also provides on-site referee shuttles between playing fields.

Tournament Rules

Click here for in depth tournament rules.

Rhonda Dammer

Referee Program Director

Phone: 612-219-1689 Fx: 763.785.5699

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