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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
|Application Deadline||Monday, May 26, 2021|
|Required Document Deadline||Wednesday, June 16, 2021|
|Flight Info/Dorm Reservation Deadline *limited dorm space available||Wednesday, June 23, 2021|
|Wednesday, July 7, 2021 6 p.m.||Welcome Center Grand Hall- NSC Campus|
|Thursday, July 8, 2021 6 p.m.||Welcome Center Grand Hall- NSC Campus|
|Monday, July 12, 2021 6 p.m.||Welcome Center Grand Hall- NSC Campus|
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.
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.
The residence hall fills quickly. If you are interested in attending USA CUP and would like to reserve a spot, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any lodging questions. Dorm reservations can be made between Wednesday, July 7, 2021 and Sunday, July 18, 2021 only.
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.
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.
USA CUP Weekend and 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.
Referees working any NSC Soccer Tournament will receive credit based on U.S. referee compensation levels. For USA CUP Weekend and 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.
We suggest you secure your housing prior to planning your transportation. For information on housing options available to referees visit the lodging information.
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.
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:
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.
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