What to Bring to Field Training

  • Proof of completion of Laws of the Game review (print a screen shot of your inbox showing the completion of online certificates of completion at the end of each module)
  • Cleats or shoes you can run in (or at least move somewhat quickly in)
  • Water

In the Clinic Number field, put your Team Name, Team Gender and Fall Team Playing Age.

All Teams must provide one volunteer adult who serves as an assistant referee to help at each game. The parent acting as Assistant Referee will still be able to watch the game - and will get the added advantages of being able to help out to make the experience better for the kids, getting a little exercise and getting a front row view.

Who Can Volunteer?

The volunteer must be an adult (over the age of 18) and not the coach or assistant coach of the team. Exception: If a team has a volunteer who is a currently licensed referee and who expects to attend most games, this person can serve in this role. A team may have more than one parent attend the course if they want.

Do STAR parents have to be Live Scanned? 
Great question. The answer is no, unless that person is also on the roster as team staff (Team Manager or Trainer, for example).

Former VARs turned Team STARs

  • If you were a Volunteer Asst. Referee for your team, go ahead and Sign Up Online as your team STAR, indicating that you are a VAR.  Complete the additional Laws of the Game training modules linked at the left to become a Specially Trained Assistant Referee / club lines person, attend field training.

  • Check with your team to make sure you have your flag from last year. (Replacement flag available @ $10 each from office)

Each team must have at least one STAR complete the online training.


  • Sign Up online as your team STAR, indicating that you are a new specially trained assistant referee / club lines person.

  • Complete the US Soccer Online Training Modules (save your completion certificates)

  • Attend one of the required field trainings (selected when you sign up on the link at the top):



What are the exact dates of the trainings? 
Trainings occur in the summer before the Fall season commences. We have to coordinate with SF Park & Rec to confirm our dates, since they have to grant us access to fields for the training. The dates will be posted above at right.

What happens if your Team STAR is not available or out of town during the game? 
Only one parent per team needs to be officially trained, but any soccer-knowledgable parent can do the job. Either have the STAR share the training and/or have a soccer-knowledgable parent do the job that day. (On many teams, multiple parents rotate so one person isn't always responsible.) 

What information do I need to provide to verify my STAR parent? 
You just need the name of your parent volunteer entered into the STAR Registration Form. We'll be checking at summer's end and
there is a Financial Penalty for teams that do not have a designated and trained STAR. 

US Soccer Online Training - Laws of the Game

US Soccer has created online training modules for each of the Laws of the Game. Team STARs should complete all 18 online modules. Complete at your own pace, but make sure that you're done before your Field Training Session.​​


  • There's no new login required to watch each of these modules and answer the questions at the end. However, at the beginning of each you will be prompted to enter your LEGAL first and last name, your email (so that you can get your proof of completion sent to you), your state association (choose "California-North") and lastly your "Clinic Number" (enter SFYS STAR).