Officials Licensing

USFL licensing for Referees, Judges, Inspectors and Matchmakers

Even the most experienced MMA officials need to learn and apply youth rules while keeping up with sustainment training and vetting.

Officials must complete Sports Engine Criminal Background Check and Safety Training (Module 1) every other year for $25.50.
 Plus free online CDC Concussion and USFL online training (Module 2) in alternating years. 
CODE OF CONDUCT: All Officials

OFFICIALS & COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

Download Federal Abuse Prevention Code of Conduct 

USFL license and privileges can be revoked for violations:

Specific Principles

All Coaches and Officials shall therefore resolve to conduct themselves with dignity as a member of the USFL by:

  • Upholding the honor and dignity of the profession.
  • Setting an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct in personal contact with athletes, sports officials, parents/guardians, spectators and the public.
  • Taking an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.
  • Avoiding the use of alcohol and tobacco products when in contact with athletes.
  • Mastering the contest rules and teaching them to his or her team members.
  • Not seeking an advantage by circumvention of the spirit or letter of the rules.
  • Exerting an influence to eliminate un-sportsmanlike conduct by spectators or others and not to indulge in conduct which would incite competitors or spectators against the officials.
  • Respecting and supporting decisions by officials.
  • Meeting and exchanging cordial greetings with the opposing coach; setting the appropriate tone for the event before and after competition.
  • Encouraging safe and practical competition practices, including but not limited to, reasonable weight management and discouragement of unnecessary weight cutting.

Prevention, Detection and Reporting of Child Abuse

  • Never create an unobserved ONE on ONE interaction with a youth athlete. This is the key preventive measure against sexual assaults and claims.
  • You are a mandatory reporter and must report suspicion of child abuse to 911 within 24hrs of occurrence and specifically ask if follow up is required.
  • Complete criminal background check & all required safety training.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION - PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN YOUTH SPORT

Module 1 - LICENSING W/ CRIMINAL HISTORY SCREENING & SAFETY TRAINING: 1st year & every other year after

USFL Officials are screened for convictions of sex offenses & crimes against children and require training in compliance with the Federal SafeSport Act.

Required for Matchmakers, Referees, Inspectors and Volunteers Recommended for Judges

This will cost $25.50 and is good every other year.

CLICK HERE TO INITIATE SPORTS ENGINE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK & SAFETY TRAINING

In this Session you will obtain Training and Information on: 

USFL Code of Conduct 
Safe Sport Protocols
Concussions
Dangers of Dehydration
Your final step will be an emailed link to complete your online Abuse Prevention Systems Course. (Check spam box if course is not immediately emailed)


You may bypass these requirements if you can provide proof of the following:

  • Completed/Passed a Criminal Background check from another Sports federation (within 1 year)
  • Certificate/ Documented proof of completion of one of the following: (Within 1 year)
    Safe Sport Certificate
    Abuse Prevention Certificate
    Darkness to Light Certificate

Email Certificates/ Proof dated to jon@fightleague.org 

Certain criminal convictions of violence may require a waiver.  

Convicted Sex offenders, Convictions of crimes against children and other egregious offenses cannot be waived. 

Information on who and how to apply for a conviction waiver.


Stand Alone Abuse Prevention System (ABS) Training is available for $5.

*You already get this course as part of your Search Engine background check. If you failed to use the email link sent to you and now have to complete the course, do it here.  
Use this link to take the online course by itself 

Module 2 - LICENSING W/ CDC HEADS UP CONCUSSION & USFL TRAINING: 2nd year & every other year after

Module 2 Training is done the following licensing year from Module 1 Training

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS AN OFFICIAL & COMPLETE  MODULE 2 TRAINING IN SPORTS ENGINE

MODULE 2 TRAINING: Done your 2nd licensing year and every other year. 

Module 2 Training Includes: 
1. CDC Heads Up Concussion Course w/ certificate
2. USFL Online Training
3. USFL Code of Conduct 
4. Online Concussion Course
5. Dehydration


It may be easier to complete the Module 2 Training before registering in Sports Engine 

CLICK TO LAUNCH CDC HEADS UP CONCUSSION COURSE

You must save your certificate of completion and upload to the registration site. If you do not save your certificate you will have to do the course again. This course takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. 


USFL ONLINE TRAINING

Includes supplemental Safe Sport materials as alternative annual training to the more formal Abuse Prevention Systems or Safe Sport Online video courses.

Click all answers as you believe they apply. This is not an actual test but a method to deliver important information to you!  Upon completion you can download the correct answers. Your results will be reported to the USFL but it is recommended that you screenshot your results page. 

Use Access Code  for all courses- USFL 

Inspector Training 

Matchmaker/ Promoter Training

Referee Training 

Judge Exam (Referees should also complete) 


 

ONLINE JUDGE TRAINING/ QUIZ: Referee & Judges

 In order to remove damage and brutality from the scoring criteria, the USFL does not utilize the 10 point must system. Instead a complex point system developed to award successful application of Mixed Martial Art technique is used as the judging criteria.

 SCORING CRITERIA VIDEO

ONLINE JUDGES EXAM 
(Access code - USFL)

Take as many times as necessary to obtain a minimum score of 80%

Example of Clickers used by USFL Judges 

Download Judges Manual 

 
ONLINE MATCHMAKER/ PROMOTER TRAINING: W/ Event Documents

 

Matchmaker's must complete a Background and SafeSport/ Abuse Prevention Systems training every other year and may act as the liaison for promoter

This is not a test but a method to reinforce information that is required. 

 ONLINE MATCHMAKER/ PROMOTER TRAINING
(Use access code - USFL

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This Training should be completed your first year and "every other year" when the your Background Check and Safety Training is not required. 

For more Detailed information on role and duties.
Promoter_Manual

 

MATERIALS FOR PROMOTER/ MATCHMAKER


Promoter Contract

Fight Agreement/ Promoters waiver
(Promoters may use USFL DocuSign account)

Promoter Event Checklist 

Working Fight Card Template

USFL Medical Claim Form 
($500 deductible paid by athlete/ parents)

Extra Annual Physical Forms

Age and Weight Spread Guidelines 

Parental Request for Age Waiver

Parental Request for Weight Waiver

 
 
 
ONLINE REFEREE TRAINING:

Referees are the most important officials for the USFL 

READ SPECIFIC DIFFERENCES FROM THE UNIFIED RULES   

CLICK TO WATCH RULES VIDEO 

CLICK TO WATCH SCORING CRITERIA VIDEO

Referees who are between years for Background or SafeSport/ Abuse Prevention Systems must complete this as sustainment training. 

This is not a test but a method to reinforce information that is required.  

 ONLINE REFEREE TRAINING
(Use access code - USFL

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Referees should wear Red & Blue Wrist Bands while officiating

For more details of role and duties
Download Referee Manual

ONLINE INSPECTOR TRAINING:

Inspectors ensure the regulatory and safety standards of the competition are met.

New Inspectors should compete this period of Instruction. 

Inspectors who are between years for Background or SafeSport/ Abuse Prevention Systems must complete this as sustainment training. 

This is not a test but a method to reinforce information that is required. 

ONLINE INSPECTOR TRAINING
(Use access code - USFL

Click through on all logical answers 

For more Detailed information on role and duties.
Inspectors Manual  

Inspectors are responsible to ensure athletes are equipped with proper gear
SAFTEY GEAR

REVIEW REQUIRED EQUIPMENT LIST: Inspectors & Referees

Be Aware of Athletes Required Equipment!

Click HERE for PDF of approved fighters safety equipment 

Email jon@fightleague.org if you have any questions. 

TRAINING SEQUENCE FOR OFFICIALS

See Cascade above for more detailed information

Module 1 Training 

BACKGROUND & SAFTY TRAINING

Module 2 Training 

CDC CONCUSSION CERTIFICATE

Module 2 Training  

ONLINE JOB TRAINING   

Access Code - USFL

1st Year and Every Other Year After 2nd Year and Every Other Year After 2nd Year and Every Other Year After

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR REFEREE & JUDGES TO REVIEW BEFORE EACH EVENT

Guide Page For Rules
Bring with you to Event!

DOWNLOAD REFEREE SCRIPT FOR RULES MEETING 

REVIEW RULES & SCORING VIDEO

MATERIALS REQUIRED BY LEAD OFFICIAL 

 

Event Bout Card

Pre-bout Medical Screening Form

Notice of Suspension

Post Bout Injury Report

Parental Request for Age Waiver

Parental request for waiver of weight spread 

Weigh in & Coaching Procedures 

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