I am a soccer player and understand the game very well; can I just take the certification test and avoid some or all of the beginning course?
The online Regional Referee Training can help cut the classroom time by providing you the opportunity to complete the course at your own pace and in your own home. All new referees then have to do is take the in-person Online Companion Course component in order to take the certification exam. Many of those who have played the game and think they know the Laws of the Game are surprised to find out how much there is to learn when they actually start studying to become a referee. Attending a face to face training course with an experienced instructor is a valuable learning experience.